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Amendments To The Slovenian Construction Law
Karanovic & Partners, January 2018

With the aim of breathing a bit of fresh air into the Slovenian construction legislation, three new laws have been adopted recently and will be applied with effect from 1 July 2018. The current Construction Act will be replaced with both the new Building Act and the Architectural and Civil Engineering Activities Act, while the current Spatial Management Act will also be subject to certain amendments...

an agreement with an agent as contemplated in section 37(2) of OHASA – why it is necessary
ENSafrica, May 2016

With the advent of the Construction Regulations, 2014 (the “regulations”), which are binding in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (“OHASA”), additional duties are now placed on the “client” that did not exist under the previous regulatory regime. For example, the client now assumes the duty to prepare a baseline risk assessment for a construction work project and, depending on the factual circumstances, to apply for a construction work permit...

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...

Arbitration under the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2017

The Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines (“CIAC”) has original and exclusive jurisdiction over disputes arising from, or connected with, contracts entered into by parties involved in construction in the Philippines. Construction disputes may range from contractual money claims to disputes over the execution of the construction work. Construction disputes may involve government or private contracts...

Are Co-Living Spaces Here to Stay?
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2020

The sharing economy enters the home as rising property prices drive nomadic millennial singletons to seek an alternative to the inflexible rented apartment.An impromptu foosball game with your neighbour while waiting for the laundry. Cooking classes in a communal Masterchef-inspired kitchen. Movie screenings, board game nights, and in-house yoga and meditation sessions. These are but some of the activities to look forward to if you take up quarters in a co-living facility...

Are There any Limits on Absolute Discretion?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2009

Many property agreements allow the developer to decide whether conditions attaching to planning permissions are onerous without imposing a parallel obligation to act reasonably.Despite this wide discretion, recent case law has confirmed that there is still an implied duty to act in good faith...

Asia Pacific Property Investment Guide
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2013

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan contributed to the Philippines section of Asia Pacific Property Investment Guide, a publication produced by Ashurst - Singapore and Jones Lang LaSalle...

Attractive Real Estate Business in the Czech Republic
Kocian Solc Balastik, July 2015

Attractive Real Estate Business in the Czech Republic The Czech property market has developed considerably in recent decades and this optimistic trend continues. According to statistical figures, the volume of commercial investment during the last twelve months to Q1 2015 in the Czech Republic reached EUR 2.6 billion, representing 90.8 % increase...

Auction Sales
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2009

Auction sales can raise difficulties when determining whether the transaction is a transfer of a going concern (“TOGC”) as there are two possible situations at which the tax point occurs. If the deposit is being held as agent then the tax point is from the moment the auctioneer's hammer goes down...

Australia joins Hague Service Convention
MinterEllison, August 2010

Australia’s accession to the Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters 1965 (Convention) will streamline administrative procedures involved in transnational litigation. This welcome step will reduce many risks associated with transnational litigation, giving confidence to Australians engaged in international transactions...

Avoiding Spoliation of Evidence is an Ongoing Obligation
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, October 2018

Destruction of evidence can be fatal in any lawsuit, but it is especially troubling in construction defect disputes. It's always important to allow an opponent and their expert the opportunity to inspect premises and review the alleged defects.   A recent Pennsylvania appellate decision highlights the need to do more than just allow a site visit in a defect case. It also drives home the need for clients to advise counsel of any repairs or changes to work at issue in a lawsuit...

Award Criteria: can they be changed?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2008

Several years ago the Municipal Council in Alexandroupolis invited tenders for a contract to carry out a project in respect of a town plan.  Using the appropriate procedure the Council issued a contract notice identifying the award criteria in order of priority (as was required by the relevant rules)...

Bare Trusts and Multifamily Rental Housing
Lawson Lundell LLP, February 2013

Bare trusts are increasingly being used when investors acquire investment properties as they provide a number of significant advantages. Anyone considering purchasing an apartment building should fully examine the potential use of a bare trust arrangement. What is a bare trust? A bare trust is a legal structure that facilitates the division of the beneficial and legal ownership...

Bay Area Counties Further Restrict Construction, Extend Shelter-in-Place Orders Until May 3, 2020
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

On March 31, 2020, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties plus the City of Berkeley issued new Shelter-in-Place orders, further restricting construction and extending Shelter-in-Place restrictions until May 3, 2020. Under the new orders, most construction, including residential and commercial, is now prohibited. Healthcare, low income housing, specially designated public works projects, shelters, and temporary housing projects may continue...

Bay Area Counties Issue New Orders Permitting Construction to Resume with Conditions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points:  Bay Area counties issued new Shelter Orders on April 29, 2020 allowing all construction to resume. The new Shelter Orders include detailed Construction Safety Protocols that construction jobsites must comply with. There is one Construction Safety Protocol for “small” construction projects, and a more rigorous Construction Safety Protocol for “large” construction projects...

Be Proactive, Not Reactive: Using Experts to Navigate the Minefields of Construction-Related Litigation
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, February 2020

Originally published in DRI - For the Defense. By Hakim Bouadi, Stephanie U. Eaton, Matthew W. Georgitis, and Robert A. Plichta Bringing an engineer and an architect onto the legal team as soon as a building catastrophe happens has more than just legal benefits...

Belgrade-Timisoara Highway Announced
Karanovic & Partners, September 2016

An interesting news update has recently come up in the media, as the Serbian roads company "Putevi Srbije", and the Ministry of Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure – together with the representatives of the relevant institutions in Romania – announced that a contract on implementing a cross border project of building the Belgrade-Timisoara highway is due to be signed in the next two weeks...

Bidding Qualifications for Taiwan's Mega Infrastructure Program (Part I)
LCS & Partners, September 2017

After getting the knowledge of GPA Model and PPP Model, the bidders need to know how to make preparation during the pre-bid stage. Following are the responses to some most frequently asked questions regarding bidding qualifications, based on which the foreign bidders can make its preparation plan...

Bidding Qualifications for Taiwan's Mega Infrastructure Program (Part II)
LCS & Partners, October 2017

Are bidders required to partner with a Taiwan company to participate in the bidding process? Foreign companies may participate in the bidding process on their own, so long as they meet the bidding qualifications. Most public engineering projects permit either bidding by a single company or by a joint bid. So long as a company is able to meet the qualifications for the procurement project, it may submit a bid on its own...

Big Data and the Death of the Shopping Mall
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2017

How retailers can harness technology to beat e-commerce at its own game. “It's official: Singapore malls are dead, as occupancy reaches its lowest level in 10 years,” screams one headline. “At some suburban malls, retailers confront the sound of silence,” another chimes in. As e-commerce takes hold, shoppers are eschewing brick and mortar in favour of the convenience of point and click...

British Columbia Law Institute Publishes Consultation Paper on Complex Stratas
Lawson Lundell LLP, September 2016

The British Columbia Law Institute published on September 1, 2016 its Consultation Paper on Complex Stratas seeking public comments on proposed reforms to the Strata Property Act and its regulations concerning sections, types, and phases. The BCLI carries out scholarly research, writing and analysis for law reform, collaborating with government and other entities, and providing materials and support for outreach and public information...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: COVID-19 Multifamily and Single Family Mortgage Updates: FHA Multifamily Payment Forbearance and Tenant Eviction Moratorium, Deferral of Appraisals on Certain Loans, Extensions of Deadline to Implement Revised URLA and AUS Specifications
Buchalter, April 2020

Governmental and GSE responses to the COVID-19 crisis continue at a rapid pace. Just within the last few days, new guidelines have been issued regarding several multifamily and single family residential topics. These new guidelines add to existing COVID-19 related guidelines and restrictions issued by federal and state regulators, other state and local government authorities, GSEs and FHA...

Buchalter Client Alert: San Francisco Cannot Impose a Transfer Tax on the Value of an Existing Lease With a Remaining Term of Over 35 Years When the Building is Sold
Buchalter, July 2020

A recent opinion, 731 Market Street Owner, LLC v. City and County of San Francisco (Cal. Ct. App., June 18, 2020, No. A154369) 2020 WL 3285962 (“731 Market Street Owner”), issued by a California Court of Appeal in San Francisco provides some relief to San Francisco building owners...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Extension of San Francisco Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium and Impact of Proposed California Senate Bill 939
Buchalter, May 2020

On May 14, 2020, San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued a second extension of the City’s commercial eviction moratorium and rent deferral program for small businesses with less than $25 Million in 2019 gross receipts. The extension grants rent relief for rent due and payable through June 16, 2020. On April 15, 2020, Mayor Breed previously extended the original order through May 17, 2020...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Financial Accommodations for Airport Tenants in Response to COVID-19
Buchalter, June 2020

Airport sponsors and their legal counsel have been forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to exercise judgment and make tough decisions regarding the financial accommodations they will offer their commercial aeronautical tenants to help them weather the current storm...

 

 

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