UK

1954 Act Renewals: A New Hope for Quicker Lease Renewals?

Nov 22, 2017 |

I have spoken to a number of my clients and contacts about uncontested lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 over the years and asked them what their main bug bears with them are. “The court process is far too slow” said one with another commenting “I don’t want a judge with no […more]

The Future of Property: Blockchain Technology

Nov 13, 2017 |

Traditionally used to underpin the use of the digital currency, Bitcoin, Blockchain technology is a method of recording data and creates a digital ledger of transactions, agreements and contracts. This innovative technology is being hailed as a ‘game-changer’ in a variety of sectors – from finance to the diamond industry – and could also be […more]

The Future of Property: Watch this Space

Nov 6, 2017 |

Lots of things have shaped how people and businesses need and occupy space. Most of the time this is reactive. The sector responds to changes in customer demands and expectations. Gardens in new houses have become smaller as many people don’t want the hassle of maintaining a great vista beyond their patio doors. Office space […more]

The Future of Property: The Sharing Economy

Aug 7, 2017 |

The Sharing Economy (where people share ‘assets’ via the internet) continues to grow with the associated issues of trust and regulation also making the headlines. Airbnb is the giant of such collaborative consumption and allows anyone to list space (from studio apartments to castles) online. It is no longer just thrifty tourists using the service, […more]

UK Gears up for the General Data Protection Regulation

Jun 29, 2017 |

Amidst the political and legal turmoil which surrounded the Queen’s annual state opening of Parliament last week, it is unsurprising that when she reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to modernising the nation’s data protection and online privacy legislation, the media’s reaction was, to say the least, muted. For those who work in the data protection field, […more]

Birmingham on the brink?

Jun 26, 2017 |

In a brief departure from our current series: “The Future of Property”, Richard Beverley considers who can legitimately lay claim to being the UK’s second city. Whilst the Manchester/Birmingham debate is far from resolved, in recent years the feeling has been that Manchester ‘shouts louder’, is achieving more and has ‘its act together’. On the […more]

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]