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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]

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]