Considerations before signing a commercial lease

Whether you are looking for your first commercial work space or re-locating, the lease you sign can have a significant impact on the success of your business. But before you sign, there are a number of considerations that will ensure the lease reflects your needs now and into the future. Timing – allow enough time…

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Dogs in the office – Is it legal to welcome pets into the workplace?

The fact that animals can improve our physical and mental wellbeing is well-reported. Stroking a pet can help to reduce the production of hormones such as cortisol and lessen our responses to stressful situations. Reduced levels of stress lead to lower blood pressure, fewer heart problems, and improved sleep. If we are healthier and happier,…

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Ransom strips needn’t develop into a legal headache

The idea of someone owning a small piece of land and thereby holding a large property development to ransom will most likely strike fear into the heads and hearts of property developers. However, despite their intimidating name, ‘ransom strips’ need not be the problem they are deemed to be by many. What are ransom strips?…

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Everybody needs good NABERS

New Zealand and Australia have led the way in a lot of PropTech and Law Tech, they are also now leading the way with the launch of a new energy efficiency rating scheme for UK office buildings with NABERS UK. NABERS is already well established in Australia but was launched in the UK in October…

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Explaining Heads of Terms and their growing importance

Explaining Heads of Terms and their growing importance (Part one) 16 February 2021/Blog When we set up Newmanor Law, we not only wanted to be a specialist real estate law firm that did things differently, with agreed fixed pricing for our expertise, but a firm committed to delivering on our promises. It is this dedication…

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Working from home and the future of London’s office space

Working from home and the future of London’s office space 04 November 2020/Blog Authors Clodagh Wright Edmund Barnes To ditch, or not to ditch? In fact, this is the wrong question to ask when deciding what to do with your office space. Instead, focus on how you can adapt it and introduce modern working from…

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Some deals ensure you get noticed for the next one 

During the current crisis and the government-imposed lockdown, quite understandably the number of commercial property deals being completed, dropped off with fewer quality properties coming to market and difficulties surrounding viewing and valuation thanks to social distancing requirements.   There has been something of a recovery in the last month, but here at Newmanor Law, we…

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Raft of planning changes designed to kick-start construction sector

The Government response to the impact of Covid-19 on the property sector has included a new Code of Practice for Commercial Property relationships, but slightly under the radar is the raft of changes to planning laws, with an extension to the existing Permitted Development rights. What are Permitted Development rights? Permitted Development (PD) rights cover…

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Why obituaries for the petrol station are premature 

Stopping to refuel your vehicle has been a part of life for so long that few pay much attention to the process, apart from perhaps noticing the decline in recent years in the number of locations where it’s possible.  Petrol filling station numbers in the UK peaked at around 40,000 sites in the 1950s, but have…

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