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Freehold vs. Leasehold - jargon busting!

The UK residential real estate market is awash with jargon and legalese and it can be daunting for those seeking to invest in prime London residential property for the first time.

Building Interest

Welcome to the June issue of Building Interest.

What does the Cities and Local Government Devolution bill mean in practice?

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (currently going through the committee stage in the House of Lords) follows up on the Government's election manifesto promise to devolve wider powers to combined authorities which choose to have elected mayors.

EXCLUSIVE GUEST OPINION: Investing In UK “Enveloped” Real Estate

Exploring the world of enveloped UK real estate and the complexities around its tax treatment

Right to buy and development

What impact would an extended right to buy have on housing association development programmes?

Bought a property? Pay your registration fees by 30 June 2015!

The interim real estate register of Dubai was introduced to improve the security of property deals by allowing two practices: the issuance of interim title deeds that can be registered for the sale of off-plan properties; and allowing the Dubai Land Department (DLD) both a detailed view of off-plan sales and the power to effectively charge registration fees for their transfer.

‘Moving homes into vehicles to avoid RTB sales won’t work’

Roundtable: public sector – the state we are in

Public sector lawyers retain a keen service ethic, according to the latest Gazette roundtable.

Quarterly Housing Update Summer 2015 - Post-election edition

Welcome to the summer edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Time spent travelling to and from work is working time, says legal opinion

Implications for employers could be huge, affecting pay, and health and safety

Heat Network Regulations: Turning up the heat

Calling all developers, landlords and operators: the Heat Network Regulations are now in force and they bring with them some onerous requirements

UAE introduces fines for swearing on WhatsApp

The most recent case to grab the attention of the media spotlight, both in the UK and the Middle East, is that of a man who used 'insulting' words at a colleague on the messaging platform WhatsApp.

Does “working time” include time spent travelling to and from the last customer of the day?

Employers may now have to count the time spent by their workers travelling from home to the first customer designated by their employer and from the last designated customer to home as 'working time' for the purposes of the EU Working Time Directive 2003.

Mobile workers’ first and last journeys count as working time

Buying residential property at auction

Purchasing residential investment property at auction has been popularised and promoted by television shows such as "Homes Under the Hammer". The excitement felt when the gavel falls can soon fade , however, for an unwary and inexperienced investor as at that moment the contract is binding and without professional advice before bidding you could find yourself saddled with an asset neither readily saleable nor against which you can raise future finance.

Ways to avoid challenges to a potential breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty – Case Law Update

Public sector organisations are to have due regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), as set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, when exercising their functions.

Bahrain Reits rules launch to mixed demand

The Bahrain Bourse's real estate investment trust (Reit) listing rules have been praised by industry participants in the country for their investor-friendly stance.

Employment reform in the Queen’s Speech: What should we expect from the new Government?

On Wednesday 27 May, in the first Queen's Speech of the new Parliament, the Government announced unveiled its plans for its first year in office. Continuing under the banner of government for "working people" from the Conservative Party's general election campaign, here is our summary of the reforms the Government has announced and/or is considering.

Time to stop talking about ‘on-lending’?

The distinction between ‘on-lending’ and ‘lending’ can be critical to what housing associations can, or cannot do, under the terms of their loan facilities.

Residential Private Wealth: How to buy a home

Buying a home is an exciting experience but it can also be a stressful one. Once you have found the right property for you and your family you need the right advice to help you to navigate the process.

Residential Private Wealth: How to sell a home

Selling a home can be a stressful experience. An understanding of the process combined with good advice will help ease the strain and reduce the chances of nasty surprises.

REview: Housing, we have a problem

What happens if FIFA revokes Qatar’s World Cup bid?

'Expect Amazing' is the slogan for the Qatar World Cup but if Doha loses the event, it could become 'Expect Embarrassment'

Permissive’ devolution bill leaves door open for county deals

Hopes have been raised that counties can negotiate individual devolution deals without establishing a combined authority under the government’s flagship Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill.

HR Law - June 2015

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Lawyers question David Cameron’s pledge to offer right to buy to housing-association tenants

WORKING TIME REGULATIONS: Calculating holiday pay after Lock

The cost of paid holiday is set to increase for employers following recent court decisions on what components of pay are to be included.

Building Interest

Welcome to the May issue of Building Interest.

Right to Buy, right to panic?

Should RPs be worried about the risk of default because of Right to Buy sales?

Landlords plot strategy over Right to Buy plans

Social landlords are lobbying the government to minimise the impact of the extended Right to Buy policy as the Queen’s Speech this week confirmed it will go ahead.

Guarding against property fraud

Non-resident and high net worth owners of prime residential real estate in England and Wales are targets for fraudsters, and this is a trend which will only continue to rise unless adequate preventative measures are taken.

BIM bytes: Health and safety role has BIM implications

Dubai World Trade Centre free zone expected to draw keen interest from investors abroad

High Court orders landlord to pay £300k to contractor

A housing association has been ordered by a High Court judge to pay more than £300,000 to a repairs contractor following a long-term legal dispute.

Tax avoidance as a bar to Government contracts - an update

The Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service have provided guidance on the current procurement policy note regarding the use of the procurement process to promote tax compliance.

Service charge update - May 2015

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Selling Residential Property at Auction

Sale at auction is still a popular choice for residential investors, how can those with residential portfolios make the most of this trend?


Douglas Rhodes reports on landlords’ options for the recovery of legal costs in residential service charge disputes at the First-tier Tribunal

THE RIGHT TO MANAGE: Block by block

William Bethune and Gillian Palmer consider a Court of Appeal case that has held that only tenants of single blocks can exercise the right to manage under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002

The Right to Buy juggling act

The Conservatives have promised a bill to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations within 100 days of forming the new government.