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Golden Visa: Changes to the Rules on Obtaining a Residence Permit for Investment in Portugal
PLMJ, February 2021

The reasons for the changes to the Golden visa rules: A legislative authorisation in the 2020 State Budget 2020 authorised the Government to review the rules on residence permits for investment provided for in Law 23/2007 of 4 July by the end of 2020. The aim is to encourage investment in inland areas, urban regeneration, cultural heritage, activities of high environmental or social value, and productive investment and job creation...

Strategic Land Development and Public Rights of Way
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Takeaways from webinar on 2 February 2021 hosted by Karen Howard, Matthew Stimson and Grace Mitchell from our planning & environmental team. What are public rights of way and why are they relevant? A public right of way (PROW) is a type of highway - a route across land over which the public at large has a right to pass/ repass without permission or interference...

Re-Imagining Corporate Real Estate
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click the link below.     We all know a happy engaged employee is a productive and successful employee. Unfortunately, the UK has one of the least engaged employee populations in Europe...

Regulation of the Law 21,299, That Rules Postponement of Mortgage Loans, Comes into Force
Carey, February 2021

On February 6, 2021, the Ministry of Treasury’s Decree, that established the regulation of the Law 21,299 , on mortgage loan postponements, was published in the Official Gazette (the “Regulation”)...

Option Agreements – Say what you Mean and Keep Litigation at Bay
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

In Fishbourne Developments Limited v Stephens, the Court of Appeal emphasised the importance of applying commercial common sense and considering the relevant factual background to a case when interpreting contracts. Fishbourne, a developer, had the benefit of an option to acquire a 117 acre farm in West Sussex...

Bricks and Clicks
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page. Traditional bricks and mortar retailers, occupying premises under long leases with upwards only rent reviews, can be forgiven for looking enviously at online retailers and their flexibility and comparatively low overheads...

England’s Court of Appeal Restates Principles Applicable to “Subject to Contract” Negotiations
Deacons, February 2021

In Joanne Properties Ltd v Moneything Capital Ltd and Anor [2020] EWCA Civ 1541, England’s Court of Appeal had to decide whether the parties had entered into a binding contract of compromise contained in written communications passing between their respective solicitors. The Court below had held that a binding contract had been made, despite the fact that the correspondence in question had been marked “subject to contract”...

Outcome Related Fee Structures for Arbitration
Deacons, February 2021

Currently, Hong Kong lawyers are prohibited from charging outcome related fees in arbitration, other than pursuant to third party funding arrangements (for more information about third party funding, please see the article in our September 2017 newsletter)...

UK Supreme Court Rules on Arbitrator Impartiality and Duty to Make Disclosure
Deacons, February 2021

The recent judgment from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2020] UKSC 48, raised important questions about the requirement that there can not only be no actual bias, but also no apparent bias on the part of arbitrators in favour of or against any party in arbitration and also about the obligation of arbitrators in international arbitrations to make disclosure of multiple appointments concerning the same or overlapping subje

Competition Law and the Construction Industry – Deacons’ Services
Deacons, February 2021

Last year, there were a number of notable developments in competition law, as detailed in this article, several of which involve or are relevant to the construction industry. The Ocean Park case concerned proceedings against a company and its director for exchanging competitively sensitive information with a co-tenderer in a bidding exercise. A number of judgments were handed down in proceedings against contractors...

Dutch Law Security for CREF Loans – Quite Secure, But Some (New) Exceptions to That Rule
Van Doorne N.V., February 2021

Traditionally, Dutch mortgage lenders have always found themselves in quite a good position in the event of their borrower and mortgagor becoming insolvent. As a firm general rule, it is fair to say that the position of a secured creditor is quite secure under Dutch law. Recent insolvency and COVID related regulations have, however, made some inroads into the Dutch secured lender’s stronghold...

Build to Rent Can Play its Part
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.     One sector that has performed robustly during the pandemic is build-to-rent (BTR), with demand set to continue in the coming years as investors look to this sector to deliver long-term returns. According to a recent report, over £1...

2021 Notice of Tax Assessments Will Be Issued in February
Dykema, February 2021

The 2021 tax assessment of real and personal property will be determined by local Assessors in February, at which time a Notice of Assessment will be issued and mailed to property owners. Property owners should make sure to check the mail for a copy of the Notice in order to determine whether an appeal of their taxable value should be filed...

California Extends COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium; Provides Financial Assistance for Eligible Landlords and Tenants
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2021

Key Points Eviction protections that were set to expire January 31 have been extended to June 30, 2021 New notice requirements took effect February 1 Landlords may not charge late fees or increase rent or fees for tenants who attest to COVID-19-related financial distress State Rental Assistance Program may pay 80 percent of a qualified tenant's rent if landlord forgives the remainder On January 29, 2021, California Senate Bill 91 became law, effective immediately...

Knowing Your Options – The Michigan Court of Appeals Enforces Option to Purchase Without Fixed Price Clause
Dykema, February 2021

Leases often include language that gives a tenant the option to purchase the leased property during or at the end of the lease term. The Michigan Supreme Court has held that these options to purchase, or “options” as they are commonly referred, are “simply a contract by which the owner of the property agrees with another that he shall have a right to buy the property at a fixed price within a specified time...

Prioritise Employee Welfare and Reap the Rewards
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   If somebody asked me at the start of 2020 whether I could join a meeting by video, my immediate thought would have been: “no, that sounds far too difficult and I don’t think we really have the technology to do that”...

Eleventh Circuit Panel Revives FCA Mortgage Fraud Case, Reversing Materiality-Based Summary Judgment Dismissal
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

An Eleventh Circuit panel has breathed new life into a long-running, $248 million False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam case, United States ex rel. Bibby v. Mortgage Investors Corp.,[1] reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the defendants.[2] Materiality lay at the heart of the case, which involved allegations that the defendant finance companies misled the U.S...

The New Normal – The Consolidated Appropriations Act Temporarily Codifies Pandemic-Related Bankruptcy Relief for Commercial Tenants (But It’s Not All Bad For Landlords)
Dykema, January 2021

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 (the “CAA”) was enacted to provide additional coronavirus stimulus and relief for businesses challenged by the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic...

Employees at the Heart of Office Design
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.     You’d think we had it all: beautiful open plan office spaces, meeting rooms with floor to ceiling glass walls, digital collaboration platforms, virtual meetings…...

Data Centres - Our Unsung Heroes
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   The Covid pandemic has clearly had a significant impact on our society, the economy and everyday life, with numerous sectors having found life in lockdown incredibly challenging...

Proptech – An Opportunity Not a Threat
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page...

Five Things to Know when Considering Urban Redevelopment in Tennessee
Waller, January 2021

Tennessee’s urban centers continue to be attractive markets for investment in residential, office and mixed-use developments. While most sophisticated real estate developers and investors are aware of land use and zoning requirements associated with projects in heavily regulated urban centers, many may not be aware of certain environmental issues that can derail a project.  “Urban soil” is different...

Changes to the Standard Method for Assessing Housing Need
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

On 12 January 2021, David Mathias, Tim Willis, Sam Grange and Matthew Stimson from our Planning & Environmental team hosted a webinar to discuss the main changes introduced to the existing ‘Standard Method’ used for assessing housing need in England and Wales...

10 Steps for Out-of-State Contractors to Get Licensed in Florida Without an Exam
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

In July 2020, Florida changed its contractor licensing statute to make it easier for contractors who have been licensed in other states for at least 10 years to obtain a Florida contractor license without having to take a licensing exam. While Florida has not entered into any formal reciprocity agreements with other states, we do finally have guidance on exactly how to apply for a Florida contractor license using an existing license from another state...

2021 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The outlook for the year ahead is uncertain with the effects of post-Brexit rules to contend with and COVID-19 continuing to restrict the way we live and work. We look at what the year may have in store for the construction industry. COVID-19 There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused challenges for the construction industry and is likely to have a significant impact into 2021...

 

 

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