CLC guidance on the use of face coverings in construction

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published its latest guidance, The Use of Face Coverings in Construction during Coronavirus (COVID-19). The key points to note: That while the use of face coverings is mandatory for a number of public places, the government's guidance on construction and other outdoor work does not require face coverings for COVID! Unless there are suspected cased of COVID. Normal PPE is to be used where required but this is not as an extra for COVID. In the guidance, there is an explanation of face coverings…

Renewing a commercial lease – what can be negotiated?

Most lease renewals are governed by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, and the rules can be complicated and confusing. However, if your commercial lease is up for renewal, you want to ensure you get the most favourable terms for your business. In this post, we look at the key things to negotiate when renewing a commercial lease to help you understand what terms you might be able to change. How do I renew a commercial lease? If you would like to renew the lease on your commercial property, you…

Changes to the Use Classes Order to give greater clarity and reflect the diversity of uses

The Government is making a number of changes to the planning process and one significant update is the changing of the categories of use in the Use Classes Order from 1 September 2020 in England. The aim is to make the Use Class a better fit to the current needs and diversity of uses on the high street and in town centres. The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 will be amended to include 3 new classes and remove a number of the well-known ones. (See the chart…

A growing opportunity for London’s waterside warehouses

With e-commerce businesses booming, it is predicted that half of UK retail sales will be online within 10 years. In line with this, there has been a rise in expectations from Consumers when it comes to online purchases, especially, in relation to the quick turn-around of orders and delivery. Covid-19 has changed the way consumers buy goods. More people are happy to order items online without the need to physically see the items beforehand. As a result, it is vital that any e-commerce business considers how improving their warehouse operations…

What happens during a Sale of a Commercial Property

It's important when selling a commercial property, that you are aware of the process and documents required to complete the transaction and to satisfy the buyer. We have provided a brief summary of the steps taken by us as your solicitor when dealing with the sale of a commercial property: Step 1 After we have been instructed and the heads of terms have been agreed, we will prepare a draft contract which we will send to the buyer’s solicitor for approval. We will also provide up-to-date Land Registry title documents…

Commercial landlords – What are your obligations?

If you choose to invest in commercial property rather than domestic stock and then rent it out, then, as with domestic rentals, you have to meet certain obligations to both maintain the condition of the building and to look after the interests of your tenants. If you are thinking of moving into commercial property rental is to make sure you have a good solicitor on your side – one who’s well versed in the finer points of lease negotiation, commercial property and that all-important Landlord and Tenant Act 1927. Negotiating…

Interview with Huseyin Youssouf of our Commercial property department

Interview with Huseyin Youssouf, Partner in our Commercial property department Q: How long have you worked at Bowling & Co? A: Since 1 January 2000, 19 years and counting. Q: What areas of law do you mainly deal with? A:Commercial property/ Finance, Businesses, High street shops, hotels, care homes, golf course as well as the usual plethora of investment properties and Residential property Q: What aspects of law first attracted you to the profession? A: From the outside it seemed like a prestigious, respected and well rewarded profession. I was…

Soaring fees set deadline for executors and estate planning

Controversial court fees which have been branded a stealth tax on bereaved families are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before the hike hits. The new banded fee structure will see the cost of probate soar by thousands of pounds for higher value estates. The current flat fee is £215 for a personal application for probate, or £155 when handled through a solicitor, but this is to be replaced by a tiered set of fees. While the fees have been reined in from the original proposal last year,…

Interview with Huseyin E. Huseyin our Senior Partner

Interview with Huseyin E. Huseyin our Senior Partner Q: How long have you worked at Bowling & Co? A: Since January 2004.  Q: What do you find interesting about the Commercial Property work you do? A: Every day is a different challenge. You certainly can say you learn something different every day. Q: Who or what inspired you to become Lawyer? A: Watching a popular series on the TV called 'Crown Court' (which ran from 1972 to 1984), a Court room drama - my mother subjected it to me almost…

Converting commercial property in residential housing

Commercial property re-development (where previously commercial buildings are transformed into residential units) is a current growth area. For example, a run down old factory site could be purchased for say, £250,000 and (subject to the usual planning obligations) converted into 10 residential units, with an estimated value at £150,000 each. This could provide a potential profit for the developer or investor willing to invest in converting the building. With the government encouraging commercial to residential conversions, and with a good supply of old offices, shops and industrial properties up for…

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