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Changes to Tier 1 Investor visas

The much anticipated changes to the Tier 1 Investor visa category have been announced by the Home Secretary. A Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules was presented to Parliament on 16 October 2014.

New Real Estate Development Law in Bahrain

Law No 28 of 2014 regulating real estate development (the Law) is the first law of its kind in Bahrain. Most developers agree that some form of regulation is required to strengthen the market and increase investor confidence, but as with any new legislation there is a degree of apprehension.

Quarterly Housing Update Autumn 2014

Welcome to the autumn edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

New landlord and tenant regime in Bahrain

No area of real estate regulation has experienced the level of confusion associated with rental laws in Bahrain. Law Number 27 of 2014 (the New Law) introduces a new property landlord and tenant regime to address this uncertainty.

Arbitrating in the United Arab Emirates

Foreign contractors continue to look to the Middle East for opportunities to grow their businesses and undertake high profile projects. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) remains a regional hub of construction activity with many construction and engineering practices seeking to establish a regional base, primarily in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, with a view to expanding across the region.

Trio of new directors for Colmore Business District

Three new non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of Colmore Business District, including Birmingham-based partner Amardeep Gill. 

New joint venture model could deliver more homes

Trowers & Hamlins has called on landlords to collaborate using a new joint venture model to develop more affordable housing.

The future of affordable housing - Common ground or turf war?

Research into the changing landscape of the housing sector finds strong desire amongst key players to find common ground and cooperate.

Forum shopping - in decline?

The recent case of Young v Anglo American South Africa Ltd and others highlights the limitations on forum shopping and the extension of parent liability for the activities of its subsidiaries.

How the EU is shaking up procurement

EU procurement directives are being overhauled to tackle low bids, price bias and to open the door to SMEs. So what do contractors large and small need to know?

Negligence claims and the application of limitation periods

How are the courts applying limitation periods in negligence claims? Ned Beale, litigation partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, comments on a recent ruling and says further decisions are expected.

Bahrain Market Report: Steady recovery

Bahrain’s construction and property sectors are showing signs of recovery but there are still obstacles to overcome.

Devolution: Just the Beginning?

As the dust settles and there is either relief or disappointment at the maintenance of the union, the Scottish referendum has invigorated the argument for greater devolution of powers to cities and regions.

Families inheriting large business stakes can make terrible mistakes

If a major shareholder dies without a plan, their family and their business may suffer, says Rebecca B Wardle

Changes to a public authority’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The recent case of Innes v Information Commissioner [2014] EWCA Civ 1086 (CA (Civ Div)) has resulted in a revised interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Act), now allowing applications to request data in a specific format.

Standing up for the little guy

Covington & Burling, aided by an expert trio of Swedish litigators, has defeated Russia in court proceedings upholding an arbitral award in favour of minority Yukos investors.

Document management peer panel: The madding cloud

Document management technology is changing quickly, adding complexity to the efficiency versus security debate

Learning to get ahead of the game

Stereotypical substandard student accommodation is changing, says Stephanie Canham

Boroughs and beyond: Royal Docks

On paper, Royal Docks should be a no-brainer. Just a few miles down the road from Canary Wharf sit vast tracts of brownfield land – and its redevelopment is backed enthusiastically by local and national government.

Rise of the rental tide

Following a review ruling on Sony's Soho office which found the company was paying too much as a tenant, Estates Gazette explores why this scenario might not open the floodgates to rent reductions in central London

Removing the planning block?

New planning minister Brandon Lewis has wasted no time in continuing the reforms introduced by his predecessor.

Coming of age?

Landlords have had 10 years to get used to being subject to EU procurement regulations but some still don’t get they could use them to their advantage, argues Rebecca Rees

Housing Matters - September 2014

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters.

Yukos: what happens next?

Ned Beale, partner at Trowers & Hamlins, examines the steps that each side in the Yukos shareholder dispute will take next.

What’s in a name? Change of reference for industrial and provident societies

A closer look at what industrial and provident societies should be calling themselves under the new Act.

Will new minister’s efforts speed up planning?

Brandon Lewis has wasted no time setting out further efforts to speed up the system, but their potential impact is up for debate.

Market round-up: Brighter skies ahead

Doom and gloom stories and statistics are becoming all too familiar for the retail sector.

Nightclubs: clubbed into submission

New guidance on Social Value - does it grasp the nettle?

The Cabinet Office has published updated guidance on the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 which takes account of the lessons learnt from the Cabinet Office report "The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012: One Year On" dated late January this year.  The report summarises the impact the Social Value Act has had on public service work commissioners and providers during the first year of the Act's life.

CIMB Roundtable: Islamic Finance for CFOs

In conjunction with the IFN Asia Forum 2014, Islamic Finance News held an Islamic finance-focused roundtable discussion, sponsored by CIMB Islamic.

Jurisdiction clauses - the need for clarity

In two recent decisions the English Commercial Court has reiterated the importance of including clear and certain jurisdiction clauses in contractual arrangements.

Trowers & Hamlins contributes to Handbook of Co-operative Community Benefit Society Law

Knowing your options when funding HA subsidiaries

As the regulator looks to change its approach to on-lending, what else might an RP do if it finds it can’t (for whatever reason) lend funds itself?

Bahrain: Capitalising on GCC’s bond markets

Over the past year, GCC markets have witnessed growing interest in capital markets transactions, expected to increase over the coming years.

Local authority data protection - room for improvement

The Information Commissioner's Office (the ICO) reveals that Local Authorities have more to do in protecting the public's personal data.

Are contractors exploiting social landlords’ sense of fair play?

Theresa Mohammed believes housing providers are bending over backwards to meet Fair Payment standards and end up paying through the nose.

Another brick in the wall?

There are contractual solutions to guard against building material shortages, say Stephanie Canham.

BIM bytes: Introducing BIM late to a project

A picture is worth a thousand words: image in construction

The National Association of Women in Construction London & SE held its first working session on “Changing Perceptions of Women in the Construction Industry”.

Appropriation of land and decision-making

Jacqueline Backhaus and Henry Fitch look at the lessons to be learned – in relation to decision-making and the appropriation of land – from a recent High Court case involving a London borough.