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08 Feb 2021 London’s ultra-rich ditch basement excavations as they swap the capital for the countryside

The number of applications to convert basements in Westminster has fallen as the wealthy leave for the countryside

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17 Aug 2020 Cash advances could give contractors a much-needed lifeline

Developers and other construction project sponsors are demanding increased oversight over how contractors are passing money down.

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11 Aug 2020 Building Safety Bill

The draft Building Safety Bill (the “Bill”) published last month makes significant amendments to the Building Act 1984 and overhauls the building control regime.

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18 Feb 2020 Are basement extensions in decline?

The trend for luxury basement conversions in prime residential property in London appears to be in decline.

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05 Sep 2019 Digging down into the basics of basements

The extent of a property owner’s rights to dig out or extend a basement, and the extent of the rights of adjoining owners to be protected.

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23 Jul 2019 Notre Dame fire raises issue of liability on UK heritage refurbs

On 15 April, a huge fire lasting for about 15 hours broke out in the medieval Notre Dame Cathedral.

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22 Mar 2019 Amid a stark housing shortage, the future is offsite

The words “housing crisis” do not seem to be going away.

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22 Jan 2018 Party Walls: removing barriers to development

A party wall is a wall that stands on the lands of two or more owners.

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25 Nov 2017 Are you aware of the danger of failing to issue a payless notice?

Where a contractor has made a payment application under a JCT building contract and the architect/contract administrator has not issued an interim certificate (a payment notice), the employer’s failure to serve a valid pay less notice will result in the employer being obliged to pay the whole sum stated in the contractor’s payment application (which will be deemed a default payment notice).

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11 Oct 2017 Rights to light

New rights to convert property from light industrial use (Class B1(c)) to residential (Class C) were introduced in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 – “the Order”.

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