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Office to resi update

Mark Harnett |

The Government has now issued the regulations which make permanent what was the temporary right to convert office buildings to residential use without obtaining an express grant of planning permission.  The new regime comes into effect on 6 April.  The prior approval procedure that must be complied with before works can commence now covers  the […]


Across the board rankings for Fladgate in Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers 2015

Julian Lewis, Charles Wander, Richard Kaufman, Eddie Powell, Jonathan Hibberts, Mark Saunders, Barbara Eilon, Alex Kaufmann, Mark Harnett, Avram Kelman, Daniel Polden, Paul Airley, Gideon Dabby-Joory, Simon Ekins, Sophia Purkis, Mythily Katsaris, Stephen Lewis, Kim McMurray, David Weare, David Robinson, Grant Gordon, Ella Leonard, Charles Proctor |

Fladgate is delighted that a number of its partners and associates have been ranked in the 2015 Super Lawyers UK List, published by Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers Banking Law Paul Howcroft Kim McMurray Charles Proctor Business Affairs Paul Airley Avram Kelman Eddie Powell David Robinson Commercial Litigation Simon Ekins Commercial Property Antonia Brandes Allen Cohen […]


2015 Legal 500 continues to rank Fladgate across the board

Graham Spitz, Eddie Powell, Jonathan Hibberts, Gillian Birkby, Mark Harnett, Neil Vickers, Daniel Polden, Paul Airley, Digby Hebbard, Alexander Wildschütz, Simon Ekins, Mark Buckley, Janet Keeley, Bree Taylor, Sophia Purkis, Steven Mash, Jeremy Whiteson, Alison Mould, Kim McMurray, Teresa Cullen, Jamie Hamilton, David Weare, David Robinson, Grant Gordon, Richard Reuben |

Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 23 rankings with a further 48 individual partner recommendations. Commercial contracts – Recommended Fladgate LLP advises on a broad variety of contracts, such as the franchising […]


Converting an office block to residential use: what needs to be done before the permitted development right expires?

Mark Harnett |

We reported recently that, unexpectedly, the government has not extended the temporary right that it introduced in the spring of 2013 to change the use of a building from office to residential without having to obtain a grant of planning permission. Unless the government has a change of heart, the right will expire on 30 […]


Permitted development rights - further changes from 15 April

Mark Harnett |

The last few years have seen a shake-up of permitted development rights by the coalition government aimed at introducing greater flexibility into the planning system and promoting growth. By way of a general reminder, permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works or changes of use without the […]


Government proposes to relax affordable housing requirements on smaller developments

Mark Harnett |

When the concept of a Community Infrastructure Levy to be paid on the grant of a planning permission was introduced by the Government in April 2013, the Government made it clear that the levy was largely intended to replace the practice of securing contributions to infrastructure from developers through planning agreements (section 106 obligations). It […]


Fladgate advises on £48.5m portfolio sale

Richard Kaufman, Mark Harnett |

Fladgate LLP has advised a Swiss family trust on the sale of a portfolio of freehold and leasehold properties for £48.6m. The portfolio consisted of 10 commercial properties across England let to tenants including Invensys, Thames Water, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Homebase and Clydesdale Bank plc. The Fladgate team was […]


Fladgate advises on a £230m refinancing facility secured on Camden landmark, Stables Market

Matthew Williams, Gillian Birkby, Mark Harnett, Avram Kelman, Gideon Dabby-Joory, Jeremy Whiteson, Gary Smith, Richard Reuben |

Fladgate LLP has advised a group of companies held by Camden Market Holding Corp (Camden Market) in connection with a refinancing facility with affiliates of the Japanese investment bank, Nomura International Plc (Nomura), advised by Ashurst LLP. The total banking facilities provided by Nomura are in excess of £230m and comprise senior and mezzanine “packages”. […]


Councils' challenge in respect of permitted development rights legislation fails

Mark Harnett |

In a judgment issued just before Christmas, the High Court rejected a challenge brought by a consortium of London local authorities to the process for granting exemptions to the permitted development right to change offices to residential use that was introduced by the Government earlier last year. While the High Court expressed some reservations about […]


Fladgate advises Kilburn Holdings Limited on acquisition

Mark Harnett, Stephen Lewis |

Fladgate LLP has advised on the acquisition of the Argo Business Centre in Maida Vale for Kilburn Holdings Limited with the benefit of planning for a large scale residential development. Kilburn Holdings Limited were advised by a cross-departmental team led by real estate partner Stephen Lewis and included construction partner Alan Erwin and planning partner […]


Fladgate advises The Deptford Project on £42 million development scheme

Mark Harnett |

Fladgate LLP has advised The Deptford Project Limited, a joint venture between Cathedral Group and United House, on the £42 million development scheme which has now been granted planning permission. The London Borough of Lewisham has granted consent for the scheme, at Deptford’s arts hub The Deptford Project, which comprises 132 homes, 11,200 sq ft […]


Mayor's Crossrail Levy to apply to planning permissions granted in London from 1 April

Mark Harnett |

In 2008, the Government introduced new legislation which gave local authorities the power to charge a new levy on developments in their area. The money that is raised by the levy can be used to fund local infrastructure. Most local authorities are preparing to introduce a levy and a few local authorities already have a […]