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Tackling the housing crisis

In the week that Jeremy Hunt announced his campaign aspiration to build 1.5 million additional low cost houses for young people over the next 10 years, Mike Frisby of Mike Frisby Wealth Creation hosted a Co-Living Super Conference with a panel of well regarded co-living industry “pioneers”, attended by over 150 people. Members of the […]

Now that’s what I call progress

Love it or loathe it — there isn’t a middle ground with HS2 — the high speed link between London, Birmingham and the North is hardly out of the news. And, for good reason. Taxpayers’ money to the tune of what was initially a £33billion scheme, may well ending being double that figure; some have […]

One Silk Road Property Development & Investment

One Silk Road Property Development & Investment brings together professionals operating in the property arena, encompaassing a range of skills and services, including property development, architecture and interior design, legal services, banking and finance and marketing consultancy. The latest brochure is available to view online here and if you would like to join this growing […]

Don’t become a liability

With the EU-phoria of the World Cup journey dissipating and the long and twisting road leading to Brexit ahead, Tony Sampson Consultant Solicitor and Insolvency Practitioner at Keystone Law issues a timely warning about the importance of keeping on top of cashflow in what could be turbulent seas ahead. The benefits of being a director […]

The Business of Football from a legal perspective

If the Premier League was decided by reference to gross profitability, then according to the latest Final Table analysis in the The Times, based on each club’s TV game fee; place money and share of TV income and their estimated wage bills (in £ million), the final 2017/2018 table might look something like this: If […]

Gimme shelter revisited: the under invested

It doesn’t get much better than being part of an 80,000 crowd at the London Stadium on a beautiful May evening, listening to the poignant opening notes of “Gimme Shelter” ringing out under the darkening skies.  That same week it was announced that Country Garden, a global property developer that specialises in so called “Meta […]

Guanxi: can you afford to ignore it?

“What is guanxi?” you may ask. It is a Chinese concept that refers to those personal networks and relationships through which you have an influence for mutual benefit. There is no direct translation into English, but guanxi also incorporates the advantages that such relationships can have and as such is very important in helping to […]

Spring into action

With the first signs of spring (!) comes the question in the minds of most UK property watchers — both new and experienced, here and overseas — “Will 2018 be the year to Buy, Hold or Sell?” Whilst most people would agree that the UK property market operates under different rules from the rest of […]

See How Your (Micro) Garden Grows

When looking to sell or rent a residential property we all know that the aroma of fresh coffee will do much to evoke a sense of home and will help those viewing the property to imagine they have already moved in. But well maintained and attractive window boxes or balcony planters will further enhance the […]

A view from the stand

On the day that gracious tributes were being paid to the late Cyrille Regis; Arsenal convincingly beat Crystal Palace and Watford’s defeat at Leicester signified the end of their manager’s short reign at Vicarage Road… I was reminded of the comment made by Terry Neill, the former Gunners’ player and manager — that you didn’t […]

Why wait for the New Year to make (business) resolutions?

Simon Turton, of Opera Public Relations, considers why we struggle to maintain our New Year resolutions. It’s commonly understood that robins return to the UK in time for Christmas, which must be true because we only see these attractive little orange-breasted birds at this time of year. And, to quickly digress, if you’ve ever wondered […]

Let’s Spend the [Byte] Night Together

Over the last 20 or so years I reckon that I have probably dealt with about 4000 cases helping people to buy their dream home and owners of small and medium-sized family enterprises find the perfect accommodation for their business. It, therefore, came as a bit of a shock when I recently read that homelessness […]

This Scepter’d Isle

“Talking shop” is a pejorative term, although from time-to-time you can’t help wondering whether a little more “jaw jawing” between our political servants and a little less ill-considered action might not have been a more appropriate response to Brexit. However, it is what it is. Having said that, David Davis seems a jolly sort – […]

The sky’s the limit for property investors

Mike Frisby, is a successful property investor and developer, who also runs the Regent’s Park chapter of the Property Investors Network. He has put together his top tips for investing in houses of multiple occupancy (HMO), which we’re delighted to share with you. Mike has further tips that he will be sharing with you in […]

The ghosts of retail past

Simon Turton of Opera Public Relations considers how re-imagined town centres could help to provide much-needed housing and would create reinvigorated urban spaces that are once again a pleasure to visit.     When my parents married in the early 1960s just about everything they needed — from sardines to screwdrivers and from lightbulbs to […]

Candles in the wind

By the time I had completed the London Legal Walk on Monday 22 May, to raise funds for those who don’t have access to the legal system, a dreadful event was unfolding at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts are with the families and friends that lost loved ones or who have been injured in the […]

Right of light: don’t be left in the dark

With the increasingly popular trend for extensions and home improvements — rather than incurring the (sometimes prohibitive) costs of moving home — comes the increased risk of affecting or otherwise impacting on a neighbouring property’s right of light. In this article, Rachel Ellison a senior paralegal at solicitors BTMK, considers a number of issues including: […]

Continental Drift

Now that Article 50 has finally been triggered, consultant solicitor, Tony Houghton, examines the likely impact in the commercial property field.   Some tenants may wish to relocate from UK Plc and walk away from their leasehold obligations, either by service of a tenant’s “break” clause on notice or allowing the lease of their shop […]

Heads in the Cloud?

In a fast-changing IT landscape, I’m pleased that cloud architect and technology consultant, Steve Ash of Virtual Logic, has agreed to shed some light on the cloud and what it can mean for your business now and in the future.   When we were asked to contribute an insider’s view of ‘the cloud’ to a […]

Strut Your Stuff in the Year of the Rooster

It may be a little late to wish all the best for 2017 and we’re four months on from the Islamic and Jewish new years (both fall towards the end of September), but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a healthy, prosperous and interesting Chinese new year to all, which is […]

Gimme shelter… please

It’s interesting to see that a central London property previously owned by a former Rolling Stone is currently on the market for well over £2,000,000. If the celebrity association helps in the search for a buyer then all well and good. But, it’s also interesting to read that whilst the number of those who are […]

Act now or miss out on tax relief

Michael Doree, a London-based capital allowance consultant at Catax Solutions, explains how landlords and property owners could be missing out financially by not claiming the capital allowances to which they are legally entitled.   Given the current housing shortfall, relaxing the planning rules to allow more office-to-residential conversions makes sense; but it doesn’t make sense […]

Plus ça change…

Many micro and small business owners are probably like me: currently suffering from information overload following the recent referendum result. As Deri Llewellyn-Davies of BGI Strategy, frequently points out, the advantage of being such an owner is that you can be nimble and quick on decision-taking – the disadvantage (compared to larger businesses)is that the […]

Buying property through your personal pension scheme: pros & cons

With the advent of auto-enrolment, pensions have never been more in the spotlight from a family business perspective. Here John Moore of Blackstone Moregate highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages of buying a commercial property or land with a personal pension.   There are now so many different ways to invest in property, whether […]

Don’t keep it under your hat

Property Companies and LLPs: is your Register of People with Significant Control up to date? Don’t despair – help is at hand. Bryan Rickman is a consultant solicitor with Keystone Law specialising in company law, and he provides a useful reminder of the requirements in his PSC Regime Guide. This summarises the main definitions (including PSCs […]

Herd it on the grapevine

In this brave new financial world of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, crowdfunding and crowdgiving, some worryingly familiar words and phrases are beginning to re-appear, such as: Bears and Bulls, Greed and Fear, Boom and Bust, and even “Pinocchio” mortgages (referring to self-certified loans). The other day I received an invitation to invest in a commercial property development […]

Extending Residential Leases

Although central London agents are reporting that prices in the prime areas are “softening”, flats and houses there, and indeed across much of the South East, remain expensive. An often neglected and misunderstood way of adding value to a leasehold property can be by acquiring a lease extension but as so often in real estate […]

Property Investors Network

Mike Frisby, host of the Regent’s Park Property Investors Network, introduces the organisation and explains how it has helped him to grow his property portfolio. The Property Investors Network (pin) was established in 2003 by Simon Zutshi, who purchased his first property back in 1995 whilst working for Cadbury’s in Birmingham as a graduate trainee. […]

A Commercial Property Journey

Tony Houghton considers some of the current issues facing business owners wanting to acquire UK commercial space and draws on the experience of Rob Martin (who runs London-based RMA DESIGN), one of his long-term clients. Even though it is now the site of a ventilation shaft for Crossrail, number 9 Fareham Street, in the heart of […]

Home Sweet (Care) Home?

Solicitors regularly receive requests from adults with elderly parents or from parents themselves who wish to settle properties in trust, in such a way that the parents retain occupancy rights whilst saving possible future care home fees. However, many firms of solicitors have taken a decision not to act in such cases and clients are […]

All that glisters…

You’re in your local restaurant after work having a relaxing meal and your waiter asks whether you’d be interested in investing in a property with him and the other diners. What would you say? Chances are you’d tell him to serve the coffees, then pay the bill and leave. But this scenario is exactly what […]