Sarah Jackman and Jess Harrold, EG's Legal & Professional editors, offer a rundown of the year's most interesting, important and significant property law decisions — taking in areas including landlord and tenant, planning and valuation negligence. Don't agree with heir ranking? Why not tweet your own lists to us @legal_eg or @estatesgazette?

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CBRE has acquired a stake in logistics start-up Stowga, the online platform that acts like “Airbnb for the industrial sector” as part of a strategic partnership.

The 18-month old start-up, set up by EG Rising Star Charlie Pool to address the issue around cumbersome warehouse lease lengths, connects warehouse occupiers, owners and third party logistics companies with short-term surplus space capacity with retail businesses looking for on-demand logistics services. 

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John burns, chief executive of Derwent London is a popular figure among the property industry’s emerging leaders, but it is the “Ritblats and the Ronsons” and Lord Samuel, the founder of Land Securities whose work he admires the most.

“They were the real builders and just did things with a different style,” Burns said, before also heaping praise on contemporary rival Argent for “creating a destination (King’s Cross) from a place that people were afraid to go”.

Speaking on EG’s Tomorrow’s Leaders podcast, Burns made the strong assertion that Derwent would not be looking to venture too far out of London anytime soon.

“People have often said to us, why wouldn’t Derwent venture out of town, but the truth is we don’t know other markets well enough.

“To do New York for example, well that’s going into the jungle, isn’t it? That will be a tough crowd of real estate experts. I think some of these places are good for holidays but not to put money down.”

Speaking about the workplace culture at Derwent’s Saville Row headquarters, and how the company nurtures new recruits, Burns says he is committed to making himself available to all staff, and encourages younger colleagues to take part in business meetings.

“it’s interesting. A lot of companies don’t like presentations and meetings with investors, but we’re in the reverse. It’s a bit like giving out sweeties when deciding who going to go on this tour and that.”

When asked about any career regrets, he said: “I’d have worked a little harder. I didn’t wake up til I was in my late 30s. I may have been coasting for a time.”

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Are you ready for the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards coming in April? EG sits down with Malcolm Hollis partners Philip White, who runs the ENS team, and Chris Sullivan, who runs the dispute resolution team, to talk about how the regulations will affect landlords and how they might develop in the future.

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Did mayor Sadiq Khan’s draft London Plan, published last week, answer the capital’s housing needs? “I very much doubt it,” says Bill Hughes, head of real assets at Legal & General Investment Management. Listen to the full debate to find out more.

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It has been a busy year of interviewing, learning and stumbling over their words for TECHTALK RADIO hosts Emily Wright and Samantha McClary.

In this special episode, the last of 2017, we look back at a number of recordings to bring you a Christmas compilation of the best of TECHTALK RADIO.

Listen in for snippets from recordings and if you want more click on the names below for the full recordings.

And, if you have suggestions for next year’s TECHTALK RADIO or fancy joining us in the new EG Studio email Samantha McClary or Emily Wright

Enjoy!

 

 

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The clarity in policy and the Mayor’s strategic objectives can only development across London says Steve Harrington, director of planning at Regal London.  

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The 35% flat rate of affordable housing required in London developments is providing welcome clarity for schemes but risks penalising marginal sites.

James Barton, senior partner at Knight Frank’s City and East Residential team, said the affordability guidance included in the Draft London Plan released today can slow down development and delivery. 

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London deputy mayor Jules Pipe says that the policy of densification in the Draft London Plans will allow the capital to meet its housing need without resorting to building on the green belt.

Despite this the plan still includes provisions for working with the authorities surrounding London.

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Deputy mayor James Murrays says that London’s 35% affordable housing policy is working but the GLA needs £2.7bn a year to build more affordable homes.

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