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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.

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. 

12th May 2020

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to employers 

Following on from Sunday's announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the relaxing of some lockdown measures, the Government has published refreshed guidance for employers about how to work safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

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

Planning White paper: Delivering on a radical promise, or more political rhetoric?

04th August 2020

Following on from the Government’s Planning for the Future policy paper published in March, the long-awaited Planning White Paper is expected to be published imminently.

Covid of Conduct

24th June 2020

In addition to announcing an extension to the relief from lease forfeiture until the 30 of September last week, the Government has also published a new Code of Practice for commercial property relationships amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Is it too soon to write off the office?

09th June 2020

Nearly 80 days have passed since the great working from home experiment began. At the time, many naysayers predicted the death of the office and a permanent shift to home working.

Services

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