Real Estate Law Blog

3 September 2018

“Creating empowered and responsible duty holders” | Applying the CDM Regulations to HRRBs

Our blog series began with a review of Dame Judith Hackitt’s report and our examination of whether an outright ban on combustible materials is required. In this blog we analyse the primary purpose of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (‘CDM Regulations’), how the CDM Regulations apply to key persons in a construction project and how the Report suggests the construction industry apply the regulations to higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs).

Luke Gregory

21 August 2018

Top tips for Sellers

In the current property market, properties are selling for less and sales are taking longer to complete.  There are lots of tip available about attracting a buyer, but how do you convert a buyer's offer into a quick exchange?

Vanessa Rhodes

17 August 2018

Don’t delay: contracting out of the prevention principle

Delay is a major issue on construction projects.  To combat this, most construction contracts will specify a particular date by which the works must be completed.  If the contractor fails to meet this deadline, it will usually have to pay a pre-agreed level of damages for the period of delay.  This is unless the contractor can show that it has a claim for an extension of time which will push back the date for completion. 

Robert Read

14 August 2018

Brexit: "It was not this that I promised to do"

The relocation plans of two European agencies, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority from London to Amsterdam and Paris respectively, following Brexit, have been widely publicised. Political and economic consequences aside, the move may also have far-reaching legal consequences.

Tanya Langridge

13 August 2018

The Hackitt report - what next?

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government commissioned a report to make recommendations on the future regulatory system covering high rise and complex buildings.  In her final report (‘Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report’), published in May 2018, Dame Hackitt called for major reform and a change of culture, making clear that the current system is not fit for purpose. 

Hannah Eales

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