• Lady Judge CBE on shaking up the legal industry

    Last week, Women in Property with Cushman & Wakefield LLP played host to a seminar on Property Week’s Open Plan campaign to increase diversity and create a Diversity Charter.  Liz Hamson (editor of Property Week) chaired a panel of three leading figures who have been instrumental in the campaign including John Forrester of Cushman &… Read more »

  • Day 3 Conservative Party conference: final round up from Susan Freeman

    Day 3 Conservative Party conference: final round up from Susan Freeman – The Focus Blog You need real stamina for this. After a few hours sleep, my first morning fringe event which was on how development can contribute to the economy, hosted by Westminster City Council and Westminster Property Association, started at 7.30am inside the… Read more »

  • Beneficial ownership disclosure for UK land and properties: the next step in the march towards transparency?

    In Singapore on Wednesday David Cameron made clear his determination for the UK not to become a safe haven for corrupt money, saying that “when you have companies whose ownership isn’t known you allow a shroud of secrecy behind which people can do bad things, sometimes terrible things, with no accountability.” The movement towards greater… Read more »

  • Property predictions 2015

    After the return to form last year, the industry is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead. However, there are clouds on the horizon – and none come bigger than the general election.

  • Are you making the most of your property’s properties?

    Operating a successful property business is not just about transferring title, granting or being granted leases, and collecting or paying rents and service charges.

  • Top of the Alternative Asset Class

    The past couple of years have seen an emergence of both the student accommodation and private rented sectors as alternative asset classes in their own right.

  • Should new homes have a lobby?

    Over a quarter of London households now rent. London Mayor Boris Johnson’s target of 42,000 new homes per year is not only less than is actually needed but substantially more than the 25,000 a year currently being built. This is creating exciting opportunities for those operating in the new private rented sector (PRS) in which… Read more »

  • Capital Punishment

    The final part of the major overhaul of the capital allowances regime comes into force in April 2014 – and both buyers and sellers must be aware of the changes in order to avoid losing out. Where an investment property is acquired, a buyer will often wish to apportion part of the price to plant… Read more »

  • Reorganising your real estate

    A revaluation reserve or share capital reserve sitting on your accounts maybe turned into the required profits with a few extra steps.

  • Property Syndicates: think big and spread the risk

    In a climate of global economic volatility, low interest rates and falling returns from cash and bonds, investors are looking for a safe haven for their cash. For some, that haven comes in commercial property. Susan Freeman, partner of the real estate group at Mishcon de Reya, describes the move as a “flight to bricks… Read more »