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Will the number of compulsory liquidations continue to increase?

Figures released by the Insolvency Service for May 2022 show a 42 per cent increase in the number of compulsory insolvencies in England and Wales compared to the previous month – up from 95 to 135. This is in line with previous figures which show an increase in compulsory liquidations...

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Developer De-brief

Summer 2022 Hello and a warm welcome to our summer edition of Developer De-Brief. At Clarke Willmott, we began our new financial year on 1 May 2022, and our real estate development team are celebrating another successful year for 2021 / 2022. Our end of year financial results will be published in...

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Planning ahead: the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

When developing mixed use premises it is important to plan ahead especially where a developer intends to dispose of the freehold of the whole building or grant a long lease of the commercial parts as an investment. Account must be taken of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (1987 Act)....

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Field Talk

Welcome to Field Talk, our agricultural law newsletter Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of Field Talk, our agricultural law newsletter. As we move through the second quarter of 2022, our teams remain busier than ever. The land and property markets continue to be very buoyant with many of us...

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Neighbours defeat application to modify restrictive covenant on agricultural land

Collins & anor v Howell & anor ([2022] UKUT 72 (LC) It is often said that ‘there is no right to a view’. A well-drafted restrictive covenant may, however, protect the setting and amenity of a property preventing development as illustrated by the decision of the Upper Tribunal in the...

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Landlords: check energy efficiency compliance ahead of new rules or face fines

The clock is ticking for landlords to ensure their properties meet minimum energy efficiency standards ahead of 1 April 2023, warns commercial property specialist Rajinda Sanghera. Rajinda, associate in our Commercial Property team, says the coming into effect of the last part of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations (MEES)...

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The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill 2022

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill (LURB), published on 11 May 2022, contains a number of interesting proposals for the development industry and some potentially significant changes to the planning system. Below I have outlined some of the key aspects of the planning reform of which developers should be aware:...

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National Security Act and Overseas Entries

New legislation to be negotiated Two Acts recently added to the statute books will need to be taken account when negotiating contracts to avoid delays in transactions. Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 Since April 2016 UK companies, limited by shares or guarantee, and limited liability partnerships have been...

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The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 (“the Act”) comes into force on 30 June 2022, although it will not come into force for retirement properties before 1 April 2023. The Act brings with it one of the most significant changes to property law for some years by putting an...

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In the spotlight: Marianne Barker

Name: Marianne Barker Job title: Partner Area of expertise: Planning law Has worked at Clarke Willmott since: March 2022 1. What do you enjoy most in your role as a planning lawyer? Planning is a very interesting and topical industry. Planners can improve overall quality of life and enhance a...

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