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  • FSP handles headquarters disposal for US biotech business

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    Date: 05 September 2017

    FSP has just completed the sale of Unither House in Chertsey for United Therapeutics who develop and produce treatments for patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions.
  • FSP acquire new offices for BDO

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    Date: 22 May 2017

    FSP have just acquired new offices for professional services firm BDO in 12th floor of the newly extended Thames Tower in Reading.
  • Business rates on properties which are being renovated

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    Date: 28 April 2017

    Marcus Francis considers a recent case in which the Supreme Court decided that stripped-out office developments should not be liable to business rates.
  • New “super depot” for Whistl

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    Date: 10 February 2017

    Marcus Francis, head of commercial property at FSP, has recently acted for Whistl UK Limited (the second largest postal operator in the UK) on their lease of a 225,000 square foot distribution warehouse in Bolton.
  • New guidance on managing Japanese Knotweed

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    Date: 28 June 2013

    The Environment Agency has issued new guidelines for developers and landowners on managing this beguilingly pretty pest. Michael Higgin from our commercial property team reports.
  • Counting the days

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    Date: 07 June 2013

    Many legal procedures and notices have timescales within which certain steps have to be carried out. It is important to count the days correctly in these cases as Michael Higgin explains.
  • Lease break rent refunds

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    Date: 28 May 2013

    STOP PRESS: the High Court has ruled that a tenant may recover rent paid in advance when a break option has been exercised. This is not what is normally expected as Joe Lott explains.
  • Aspects of dilapidations

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    Date: 21 May 2013

    Claims by a landlord for compensation for disrepair of a property – known as dilapidations – are often contested nowadays. Michael Higgin considers some recent developments in the law on dilapidations.
  • New rules for owners of listed buildings

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    Date: 03 May 2013

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has simplified part of the heritage protection system in England. If you own or rent a listed building, Michael Higgin offers an overview of the new law.
  • Developers protected from Village Green ambushes

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    Date: 02 May 2013

    Opponents of local development have for a number of years had some success in thwarting development by applying for sites to be designated as village greens. As Michael Higgin reports, things are likely to change following recent legislation.
  • A highway to nowhere? No way

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    Date: 21 September 2012

    Michael Higgin, partner in our commercial property team, looks at a recent case where an attempt to designate land as a highway failed because there was no way for the public to get to or from the land.
  • Insuring your property against flooding

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    Date: 21 June 2012

    Insuring your property against the risk of flooding may become increasingly difficult to do. Dean Bickford, partner in our commercial property team, explains why.
  • Code for Leasing Business Premises

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    Date: 01 June 2012

    The Lease Code is a voluntary code that aims to achieve fairness between landlords and tenants. Marcus Francis examines the extent to which it has been embraced by the property industry.
  • Sports clubs beware, are you causing a nuisance?

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    Date: 03 March 2009

    A recent decision of the Court of Appeal serves as a useful reminder that a planning permission may not be enough if you wish to use land in a way which affects neighbouring owners and that neighbouring owners may have rights under the law of nuisance.
  • Overage

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    Date: 19 September 2008

    Overage is a potential right to receive future payments in respect of land. This guide examines the use of overage in land transactions and how the right to a future payment may be protected.