The Future of Electronically Signed Property Deals

History in the making  In today’s digital world, there is an increasing demand for convenient methods of entering into legally binding real estate transaction documents. Just this past week, history has been made in the UK with the completion of the first electronically signed real estate transfer which did not require a witness.  How was…

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New register of overseas property owners fast-tracked by UK in response to the war in Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has presented significant political and humanitarian challenges for Western governments; not least of all in terms of how to respond. The NATO countries have been careful to avoid military escalation beyond Ukraine’s borders and countries have provided varying degrees and forms of support to Ukraine. Perhaps the most unified response has…

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How technology is giving lawyers the edge on advising in real estate

One of the key differences between Newmanor Law and mainstream law firms is that we actively embrace new ways of working and, in particular, the use of technology.  For many firms, technology is a threat to their fee income because doing deals quickly reduces chargeable hours which translates to smaller bills.  At Newmanor Law, our…

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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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Development finance: navigating the legal process

Here at Newmanor Law we focus on commercial real estate and one of our main areas of activity is development finance.  In 2020 we helped lenders complete 28 loans with an aggregate value of £96m. Philosophically (not a word you hear often in the law) we like to work collaboratively, not confrontationally, and we aim…

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Changes in fire safety regime for developers of high-rise buildings from 1st August 2021 as government introduces planning gateway one

Why is planning gateway one being introduced? Planning gateway one is being introduced as part of the government’s commitment to delivering on Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations in relation to building and fire safety, following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in June 2017. Dame Hackitt’s final report was published in 2018 and highlighted the need for…

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Calling time on the chargeable hour

When we set up Newmanor Law, we had a plan to shake up the commercial real estate market by embracing a new business model that puts the client at the centre of everything we do. And the best step any law firm can take to align with its clients is to abandon the billable hour.…

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25 years old and living with long COVID

Every single person has been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, whether it be restrictions which have altered your ability to work, or you’ve had to cancel plans to see family and friends. Over the Christmas period, my whole family and I were struck down with COVID-19. After months of being hypervigilant and shielding…

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