Article Category: Property – Insight & Opinion

COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Commercial Property Market

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on most businesses. As for the property sector, the stamp duty holiday appears to have played a part in strengthening the residential property market, which has encouraged many developers to continue to locate strategic sites. Entrepreneurs are closely monitoring distressed assets and, with budgets stretched, investors and… Read more »

Execution of Deeds with Electronic Signatures

As COVID-19 continues to impact the ability for individuals and businesses to work and sign documents, the Land Registry has introduced further changes to allow conveyancing Deeds to be executed using electronic signatures rather than in person. In order to register a “disposition” at the Land Registry, you are required to submit a copy of… Read more »

Will We See Changes to Farming as We Know It in 2021?

Farmhouse in the countryside

All sectors have been impacted by COVID-19 in one way or another, not least the farming industry. This comes at a time where there is already much reform and changes to farming occurring, including the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a system of rural grants and payments that provide help to the farming industry. What Changes… Read more »

Selling the Flat above a Commercial Unit

Selling a flat above a commercial unit

If you are the owner of a flat above a commercial unit, you may be wondering if you could sell the flat to unlock some extra cash. Marina Banks, Commercial Property Solicitor, explains what this process involves and the key points you need to consider. When you own both the commercial unit and residential unit… Read more »

Summarising the New Permitted Development Rights

property in a trust

Many economists and politicians are predicting the end of office working and high street retail following the dramatic shift to home working and online shopping this year. Fewer shops and offices may be required in the future as these changes herald permanent shifts in behaviour. New uses will need to be found for some of… Read more »

Case Study: Creating a Commercial Lease With Complex Title Issues

document to changing a commercial lease agreement

Ben Thomas, Solicitor in our Commercial Property team, gives an example of how the team recently dealt with creating a commercial lease through a surrender and re-grant despite complex title issues on behalf of a client. Our commercial property team acted for a landlord in the restructuring of an investment property’s tenancy. The client owned… Read more »

Case Study: The Sale of a Derelict Farm During COVID-19

sale of a derelict farm

James Goddard, Partner, gives an example of how our Commercial Property team dealt with a recent sale of a derelict farm, despite the COVID-19 difficulties. Our Commercial Property team acted in the purchase of a derelict farm for a client and negotiated the terms of an overage agreement. An overage agreement contains an obligation on… Read more »

The New ‘Code’ for Commercial Property Relationships – Key Points

Regulations book

On 19th June, the Government announced a ‘Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic’ (the “Code”) to assist commercial property landlords and tenants during the pandemic. During the unprecedented economic disruption caused by COVID-19, many commercial tenants have had to approach landlords to discuss rental terms. This in turn has put… Read more »

How Sellers Can Speed up the Property Transaction Process

Buying and selling a residential property can be stressful and time-consuming without the help of a property lawyer from the outset. Andrew Clark, Partner in the Property team, outlines how sellers can help to speed up the property transaction process and explains the how a proactive property lawyer can help ease the pressure of, not… Read more »