Construction, development and engineering

Financial Sanctions – and drafting construction contracts

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The Terrorist Asset Freezing Act 2010, operating in tandem with EC Regulations is used to freeze assets of anyone subject to sanctions. Post-Brexit, increasing use may be made of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, which gives the UK government powers to impose financial sanctions. More …

Dispute resolution and early neutral evaluation in construction

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Construction lawyer David Evans discusses the benefits of ENE (early neutral evaluation) within the construction industry. More …

Build to Rent – Overview of the evolving housing landscape

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The housing question has always been a complex one and over recent years there has been a seismic shift in housing policy with the intention of finding a solution to plug the yawning gap left by a shortfall of homes. Whilst it is not claimed it will be the panacea, Build to Rent (BtR) has been offered as a solution and we take a look at how this sector has evolved. More …

Cladding and Grenfell - the legal landscape

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Blake Morgan's Construction Partner, Richard Wade, discusses the issues, concerns and claims relating to cladding, on the back of the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower. More …

SDLT 3% surcharge for additional properties: Common questions

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Apparently HMRC's stamp duty land tax (SDLT) technical team are receiving over 570 queries a month on the 3% surcharge for additional properties to stamp duty land tax introduced on 1 April 2016. More …

SDLT 3% for joint purchases of residential properties

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Yesterday at the Budget draft legislation was produced finalising the structure of the 3% SDLT surcharge. More …

Developers buying houses- watch out for the SDLT

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Stamp Duty Land Tax Rates

As buses often come in threes, so do the SDLT questions I am asked. I have had a spate of issues to consider recently where a development company buys a site including a house. More …

Looking into the Planning crystal ball

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It doesn't take a great sleuth to notice the creep of additional policies to the National Planning Policy Framework ("NPPF") that continues to occur. More …

Landlords compliance

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The Court of Appeal has recently handed down its long awaited judgment in the case of Malik v Fassenfelt [2013] EWCA Civ 798. More …

Eco-fashion founder speaks to Southampton businesses

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Mart Drake-Knight, one of the founders of eco-fashion company Rapanui, was the headline speaker at the latest in our series of Green Breakfasts in Southampton. More …