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Advice & Resources

We are working hard to understand the consequences of COVID-19 for landlords, tenants, investors and developers. Here you will find a series of posts, including property advice from across the firm, answers to the most frequent questions we are being asked currently, as well as links to useful external resources.

03rd August 2020

Latest planning changes do not mean ‘automatic permission’ for new home and hospitals

On 1 August, the housing minister, Robert Jenrick, announced that new homes and hospitals will be granted "automatic" permission to be built as part of sweeping planning reforms in England.

24th July 2020

What this week’s planning changes mean in practice

For some time now we’ve been waiting for drastic change to UK planning policy and it seems that the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a catalyst for some long-awaited alterations.

18th August 2020

Planning Changes July 2020 - A guide to the latest developments

In July 2020, a range of changes to permitted development rights and planning use classes were announced, the latter of which is arguably one of the most significant curtailings of regulatory control in the planning system for some time.

21st July 2020

Build, build build: Will planning changes deliver development or delay?

The Prime Minister recently set out the first steps in his strategy to ‘rebuild Britain and fuel economic recovery’ across the UK with the aim to ‘build back better, build back greener, build back faster.’

22nd June 2020

Government announces further assistance for landlords and tenants

On Friday 19 June 2020, the government announced a planned extension to the rent protection period for commercial tenants.

09th June 2020

Virtual Q&A: The return of on-site construction work

We recently hosted a virtual Q&A session with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and law firm, Herrington Carmichael, to discuss the return of on-site construction amid COVID-19. 

Timeline of events

17th April

Government furlough scheme extended by 1 month

16th April

Government confirmed lockdown restrictions to continue for "at least" another three weeks

25th March

Parliament shuts temporarily

23rd March

Prime Minister introduces three measures as part of “stay at home, stay safe” campaign

19th March

UK schools close

19th March

Bank of England cuts interest rates to 0.1%

11th March

Bank of England cuts interest rates to 0.25%

Blogs & Insight

Residential property market: Was the lockdown bounce back a false dawn?

22nd October 2020

For the vast majority of us, 2020 has been a year to forget and one which we could never have predicted. We have witnessed first-hand the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on all of our lives, and we recognise the role that it will inevitably continue to play well into the future.

A better future – What next for the Solent region?

23rd September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us into a new way of working and living that will change how we use our built environment forever. So what does the future look like for our towns and cities? We recently spoke at one of Shoosmiths' ‘Future Cities’ think tank events to discuss what is next for the Solent region. 

The great office debate

23rd September 2020

The second wave of COVID-19 may mean a return to homeworking for many, but that shouldn’t stop business leaders planning for a return to the office.


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