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Compulsory Sales Orders: Threat or Opportunity for Vacant or Derelict Land?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, March 2019

Many communities in Scotland are all too aware of the problems associated with living next to land or buildings that are lying vacant or derelict, particularlyin urban areaswhere neglected places are often a magnet for anti-social or criminal behaviour,becomingdumping grounds for rubbish,attracting vermin and generally posing a threat to the safety or health of those living or working in the vicinity...

San Francisco Supervisors Again Attempt to Limit Home, Apartment Sizes and Limit Demolitions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2019

San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Rafael Mandelman introduced the "Housing Preservation and Expansion Reform Act" in December 2018, a proposed law which hopes to limit major renovations and demolitions plus limit the size of newly built or newly altered residential structures. The two sponsors believe the current process results in too many larger units and demolitions, and that there is a connection between the two...

San Francisco's Off-Street Parking Requirements Eliminated for Good
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2019

As of January 20th, 2019, San Francisco no longer requires a minimum number of parking spaces in new structures or new uses. This new law applies Citywide to all zoning districts. Previously, the City eliminated the parking requirement in many zoning districts in order to reduce traffic congestion, encourage alternative forms of transportation, and lower the cost to build housing...

Strict Time Limits in Construction Work Contracts
Wardynski & Partners, February 2019

For a long time in Polish business practice it has been unclear whether clauses in construction work contracts that require one party to notify the other of circumstances being grounds for seeking additional remuneration are effective. Clauses of this kind can be found in contracts concluded according to FIDIC standard forms of contracts produced by the Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils...

Construction Case Law Update - Top 5 Adjudication Cases of 2018
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, February 2019

This two-part webinar series explores the top construction court cases from 2018, to provide an understanding of the key developments in construction law and adjudication practiceand how these might affect your construction projects and disputes in 2019. 1. S&T (UK) Limited v Grove Developments [2018] EWCA Civ 2448 Grove employed S&T to design and build a new hotel at Heathrow Airport under a JCT Design and Build Contract...

New Regulation on Owners and Occupants Association
Makarim & Taira S., February 2019

On 14 September 2018 the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing of the Republic of Indonesia introduced Regulation of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing of the Republic of Indonesia Number 23/PRT/M/2018 on the Owners and Occupants’ Association of Multistoried Dwelling Units (“Regulation 23”)...

Construction Case Law Update - Top 5 Construction Cases of 2018
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2019

This two-part series explores the top construction court cases of2018, providingan understanding of the key developments in construction law and adjudication practiceand how these might affect your construction projects and disputes in 2019. Read or watch the first in the series below: the top five construction cases of2018. 1...

An Open Door to Greater Development Opportunities: Chicago City Council Approves New Transit Served Location Legislation
Dykema, January 2019

The Chicago City Council recently approved a significant amendment to the transit-oriented development provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Prior to the change, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, through increases and reductions of certain development standards, allowed for larger, more dense buildings on properties in close proximity to CTA or Metra train stations...

Hong Kong Court Orders Director to Personally Pay Litigation Costs
Deacons, January 2019

It appears that Big Island Construction (HK) Limited (BIC) and Wu Yi have had a long drawn out battle since 2005, with numerous judgments reported, starting from the District Court and going all the way up to  the Court of Final Appeal...

People Over Wind and Peter Sweetman v Coillte
A&L Goodbody, January 2019

In case C-323/17 People Over Wind and Peter Sweetman v Coillte, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that mitigation measures could not be taken into account at the screening stage of an appropriate assessment. Facts This case focused on proposed works that were necessary to lay a cable connecting a wind farm to the electricity grid and the potential effects that this would have on two special areas of conservation...

New Owner Through Foreclosure Must Perfect Title to Property Before Serving a Three-Day Notice to Quit to Tenant
Dykema, December 2018

In December of 2018, the California Supreme Court issued its ruling in Dr Leevil, LLC vs Westlake Health Care Ctr, No S241324, 2018 LEXIS 9546 that an owner acquiring title to real property under a power of sale contained in a deed of trust must perfect titlebeforeserving the three-day written notice to quit required by California Code of Civil Procedure section 1161a(b). Westlake Village Property, L.P., owned real property in Thousand Oaks...

San Francisco's Large Central South of Market Upzoning Finally To Take Effect In January
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2018

Capturing lightning in a bottle: As fast-growing San Francisco concludes its largest rezoning in 10 years, will its novel new urban-planning guidelines for South of Market represent what the city's downtown needs in a fast-moving business, cultural and economic environment? In early December 2018, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave final approval of the "Central SOMA Plan," (the Plan) resulting in the largest rezoning of the commercial heart of the city since the renowned Downt

SB 50: As Housing Crisis Continues, Senator Weiner Announces Revised Upzoning Legislation
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2018

Last week, State Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) announced new legislation intended to immediately encourage more residential construction in areas near public transit and job centers. Entitled the More Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity and Stability (More HOMES) Act, SB 50 is essentially version 2.0 of SB 827, a similar housing bill proposed by Senator Weiner that failed in committee earlier this year...

Develop and Be Damned is Not a Good Strategy
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2018

The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part of the land was subject to a restrictive covenant that prevented residential development. Millgate was aware of the covenant but chose to ignore it...

Capturing (San Francisco) Lightning in A SOMA Bottle
Hanson Bridgett LLP, November 2018

As Fast-Growing San Francisco Concludes Its Largest Rezoning in Ten Years, Will Its Novel New Urban Planning Guidelines for South of Market Represent What the City’s Downtown Needs in A Fast-Moving Business, Cultural and Economic Environment? On November 13, 2018, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Central SOMA Plan at its first reading. Its final reading and approval, and the Mayor’s signature, is expected in December...

Importance of the Effective Collection of Real Mortgage Loan
Morgan & Morgan, November 2018

The loan agreement secured by mortgage is a legal and financial concept that has undoubtedly been a pillar of world economic progress. Hence, the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama in some of its judgments has given it its importance as part of the economic public order...

Inland Revenue Board Issues Updated Tax Investigation Framework in 2018 - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

  “Tax investigation” entails an examination of a taxpayer’s business books, records, and documents as well as his personal documents to ensure that the correct amount of income is reported and tax is calculated as well as paid by the taxpayer...

The Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (Amendment) Act 2017 - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

The Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (Amendment) Act 2017 “Amendment Act”. The Act amended the Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Act 1981 “Principal Act”.  The Amendment Act Prior to coming into force of the Amendment Act, only a registered valuer, appraiser or estate agent duly authorized by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (as it was then known) was permitted to undertake property management...

How is Project Insurance Coverage Affected by a Sub-Contractor Having its Own Insurance Coverage?
Deacons, October 2018

In Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust Ltd v Lakehouse Contracts Ltd [2018] EWHC 558 (TCC), England’s Technology and Construction Court had to decide on the extent of coverage (or inclusion) of a project insurance policy for a construction project and how that coverage was affected by a sub-contractor having its own insurance cover...

New Services by Dubai Rental Disputes Centre
Afridi & Angell, October 2018

Launch of the New Rental Good Conduct Certificate Service On 8 October, the Rental Disputes Centre in Dubai launched the Rental Good Conduct Certificate service. This service is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the world. We set out below what the service will provide and how to access it...

Five Issues Commonly Encountered In Commercial Building Leases In Indonesia
Makarim & Taira S., October 2018

With an estimated economic growth of 5.1% – 5.2% for 20181, economicactivities in Indonesia are expected to show a strong improvement. One ofthe indications of strong economic activities is the growing need for officespace for businesses. It is expected that office space in Jakarta will increaseby another 1.5 million square meters in 2018 – 20202 from 6 million squaremeters at the end of 20173...

From Digital to Physical: New Considerations for Retail Leasing with the Rise of E-Commerce into Physical Spaces
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2018

The rise of e-commerce and the struggle many brick-and-mortar retail stores face is nothing new.  Customers are increasingly choosing to shop for clothes, furniture and even groceries from the convenience of their own homes. More recently, however, this shift in the way consumers shop has given rise to new types of retail stores – small showrooms and “pop-up shops...

Cabin Fever: Return of the Hut
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2018

Not-for-profit Reforesting Scotland’s "Thousand Huts" campaign has spearheaded the regrowth of the hutting community, previously almost entirely eradicated by increasingly strict building regulations. The new Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 sets out the framework for ecologically sustainable hut development. What is a Hut? A hut must be a single storey building used as recreational accommodation...

Amendments in the Field of Construction and Infrastructure Projects in Romania
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, September 2018

The beginning of 2018 has brought certain amendments in the field of construction and infrastructure projects in Romania, by means of a new enactment which shivered the contractors' professional life who were used to the FIDIC provisions until this moment. The Government Decision no. 1/10.01.2018 (the “GD no...

Gender-Neutral Construction Contracts: The Future Norm?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2018

Lawyers are often criticised for using overly complex legal and technical wording in contracts. The purpose of a contract is, amongst other things, to clearly set out the rights and obligations of the contracting parties, and to limit uncertainty during the particular project. To this end, it is important to use plain English in contract drafting and as a general rule, to use short sentences, defined terms and a clear and logical structure...



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