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Car-park Cafes? Park yourself in a car park.

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The Business and Planning Bill, to be considered on Monday 29th June proposes temporary measures to allow cafés, pubs and restaurants to use pavements, car parks and terraces to serve customers food and drink outside whilst adhering to the revised social distancing guidelines of 1 metre. This move to facilitate… Continue reading →

COVID-19 NEWSFLASH: Ban on Forfeiture Extended

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In advance of the June quarter day,  the UK government has announced that it will be extending the ban on landlords evicting commercial tenants until 30 September 2020 as it looks to help businesses recover from the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.  The new measures announced at the end… Continue reading →

COVID-19 NEWSFLASH: New Code of Practice

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The Government has now published the new code of practice, developed in conjunction with leaders from the retail, hospitality and property sectors, which is intended to reinforce and promote good practice amongst landlord and tenant relationships as they deal with the financial impact of the pandemic.   The objective of… Continue reading →

COVID-19: And relax. The Land Registry changes its rules.

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It’s rare that the Land Registry does anything which anyone outside the world of property law might want to read about, but today, May 4th, is that day. “Changes to identity verification and signing deeds” is not, you might agree, the snappiest title from GOV.UK but it does what it… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Restaurant to takeaway use. Planning to do it?

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New legislation, allowing a change from restaurant use to takeaway, without applying for planning permission, is a vital lifeline to the restaurant sector, enabling it to adapt and stay afloat during the current unprecedented crisis. Previously a change of use from A3 or A4 to a takeaway would have required… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Planning permissions: Deemed discharge.

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At this critical time, when Local Planning Authorities (“LPAs”) are contending with the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, the deemed discharge provisions introduced in 2015, to reduce delays in the planning process are a valuable mechanism to secure approval of planning conditions without having to wait for a condition discharge… Continue reading →

COVID19: Light Touch Administrations. Yes, it’s possible.

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In the current climate, it is expected that thousands of business will enter administration and Administrators will need to assess each administration on its merits to see if it is appropriate to adopt a light touch approach. As a result of the unprecedented situation that is being faced by businesses… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Delays: Joint Ventures & Development Management Agreements

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Sometimes a joint venture  arrangement between a developer and an equity investor will involve both a development management arrangement and a bespoke joint venture agreement of some sort. We deal with both aspects. In Part I, we deal with Development Management Agreements. In Part II we deal with Joint ventures… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Residential possession proceedings update

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As a consequence of the Covid-19 situation the Court has issued an additional Practice Direction to Part 55 of the Civil Procedure Rules (which deals with all residential possession proceedings including those taken by landlords and lenders). This Practice Direction goes much further than the original prohibition on the eviction… Continue reading →