VIRTUAL REALITY: HM LAND REGISTRY’S RELAXATION OF THE RULES ON THE EXECUTION OF DEEDS

HMLR will now be accepting witnessed electronic signatures for deeds effecting property transactions. Due to the risks and implications associated with conveyancing transactions, the practice seems to advance into the digital era at a snail pace.  However, HMLR has finally discarded the last requirement for hard copy deeds in recognition of increasing utilisation of online…

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COVID-19 and Telecommunications Infrastructure – Government Guidance

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently published guidance for network operators to emphasise the importance of telecommunications infrastructure in England during the COVID-19 outbreak. The government has recognised the importance of the telecommunications sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. Telecommunications has been included as one of the critical sectors and telecommunications…

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Coronavirus Act 2020 – Moratorium on Forfeiture for Commercial Leases

What is Forfeiture? Forfeiture is a means for a landlord to determine a commercial lease upon the occurrence of specific events resulting from the actions/inactions of the tenant. In standard leases, forfeiture is engaged when (after the period of 21 days has expired from the start of the specific event): the tenant does not comply…

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Planning for the Future

Following the Budget 2020, Housing Secretary of State Robert Jenrick made a statement to the House of Commons on Planning for the Future, setting out the Government’s proposals for the future of the planning system. His statement confirmed the Government’s intention to release the so-called ‘Accelerated Planning’ White Paper in Spring 2020, which is promised…

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The Environment Bill – Planning Implications: The Biodiversity Net Gain Approach

On 26th February, the Environment Bill (‘the Bill’) had its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill, which sets out the future governance framework for environmental law once the UK leaves the EU, also sets out specific environmental improvement measures. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which would become the first ‘Environmental Improvement…

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How far does a PFI Road Maintenance Contract Travel?

On 22nd February 2018 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd v.  Birmingham City Council (BCC) [2018] EWCA Civ 264, reports Colin Ricciardiello. Birmingham City Council (“BCC”) appealed against a High Court decision – [2016] EWHC 2191 – which granted relief in Amey’s favour when it found that an adjudicator’s decision (made in an…

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