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The Future of Property: Crowdfunding

Jun 15, 2017 |

Once upon a time, property funding meant a trip down the local high street to arrange a mortgage from your friendly bank manager. Over the years, more imaginative funding structures have emerged. Nowadays, it is common for property finance to be raised by private equity injection, joint venture schemes, sale and leasebacks, mezzanine funding to […more]

The Future of Property: Ditching the Daily Commute?

Jun 6, 2017 |

As Proptech gains momentum in an industry which is commonly viewed as being  slow to embrace new technologies, why do most of us still work in the office? The use of technology to facilitate hot-desking is already significantly reducing the space required per person by businesses operating in the professional services industry. However, such advances […more]

The Future of Property: PropTech (Guest Blog)

May 30, 2017 |

Judging by the 812 attendees at this year’s FUTURE: Proptech event in London, the future may already be here. The conference was originally founded in 2015 and has become the leading European event for those seeking to explore technology and innovation in the real estate sector. I attended the conference in London last year, just as […more]

The Future of Property

May 22, 2017 |

Hot on the heels of our “Practical Property Guide” blog series is our new series “The Future of Property”. We will be looking at how the property sector might be influenced by the latest technology and how this will impact on the way we work and transact in the years to come. “PropTech” (the adoption […more]

500 and Counting…

May 17, 2017 |

Our National Head of Real Estate, and current IPF Chairman, Darren Williamson kicked off the Annual IPF Midlands Lunch 2017 in Birmingham last Friday with a rousing introduction all about the IPF Midlands ‘Alternatives’ theme. With over 500 guests in the room, and despite the current uncertainties around the UK general election, Brexit negotiations and […more]

Springing Forward

Apr 28, 2017 |

Happy New Year! Well, happy new financial year that is. Having announced the most successful financial performance (2016/17) in Freeths’ history, we’re now into the new financial year with a desire and commitment to further build on those achievements. What better time to take stock, reflect and refresh? Among other initiatives, the new financial year signifies the commencement of our […more]

Deregulation – A Simpler Life?

Apr 27, 2017 |

As from 6 April this year, registered providers of affordable housing (“RPs”) are no longer required to obtain the Homes and Community Agency’s consent to disposals or mortgaging of housing stock. Less paperwork – hurrah! For lawyers, it does indeed make life a lot simpler as we no longer need to worry about restrictions contained […more]

Planning Permission: Drawing a line under Copyright Infringement

Apr 24, 2017 |

In a recent High Court case (Signature Realty Ltd v Fortis Development Ltd and Beaumont Morgan Developments Ltd) the court ruled that a property developer (Fortis) had infringed copyright in an architect’s drawings by using them without having commissioned the drawings and without having a licence to use them. Background The Claimant (Signature) identified a […more]

The Desirable ‘Eco-Home’

Apr 16, 2017 |

Homes and sustainable living technology. Now more than ever, these two things are coming together. We have seen an increase in solar panels, on-site wind turbines, energy recovery systems (including geothermal piles) and even the solar-charged-home-power-supplying batteries on the market. The advances in property development this way have enticed me back to this blog to […more]

Let your Light Shine Through

Apr 10, 2017 |

In a recent Court of Appeal case (Ottercroft Limited v Scandia Care Ltd and Dr Mehrdad Rahimain) the Court unanimously upheld an injunction to prevent a minor interference with a right of light, forcing the developer (Scandia) to alter, replace or remove a metal staircase it had erected as part of development works. Background: In […more]