EG sat down with Avison Young and GVA’s leaders to tackle the big issues around the Canadian firm’s £200m acquisition of the UK adviser.

Following Avison Young’s  £200m purchase of GVA, EG’s head of content David Hatcher sat down with Avison Young’s chairman and chief executive Mark Rose, its head of UK Jason Sibthorpe and GVA’s chief executive Gerry Hughes to discuss how the two businesses came together, the next steps in determining the leadership of the UK operation and Avison Young’s ambitions to keep buying more firms.  

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“Our graduate programme is looking for leaders of the future. It’s very much about attitude, cultural fit with the business and whether they’ve got a real hunger to be in property.”

With demand for the graduate programme at Savills outstripping supply, what makes a candidate stand out from the crowd and enables them to demonstrate that all-important hunger for the industry?

In this episode of Bricks and Mortar, Ema Saunders, Human Resources Director at Savills, discusses their graduate and apprenticeship schemes and reflects on what makes the ideal candidate, how they can expect to develop in their role once they’ve secured it and what happens on qualification.

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CBRE UK research head, Miles Gibson, and Colliers senior property economist, Oliver Kolodseike, give their take on this year's Budget. 

 

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Great Marlborough Estates' co-founder Dean Clifford discusses stamp duty, the council borrowing cap lift, the Letwin Review and other announcements in Budget 2018.

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Savvas Savouri does not have high hopes for this year's Budget given that, in his view, "few chancellors have understood economics" in his lifetime. But Toscafund's chief economist argues that Philip Hammond has the chance this year to set the scene for future budgets and that this one could either mean "paralysis" for the property sector or "promise" if he delivers measures such as the long awaited Amazon tax.

 

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From building surveying to rural surveying, the possibilities in real estate are endless. But how, if you’re considering a career in real estate, do you make sense of the opportunities available?

Paul Collins, senior lecturer at the department of property management and development at Nottingham Trent University and EG’s Mainly for Students editor provides advice on how to match an interest in real estate to a particular course, honing in on a professional pathway and the benefits of taking a sandwich year in industry – either here or abroad. He also explains how the apprenticeship route works and what the benefits of entering the profession via that route are.

He encourages all students – whether following the undergraduate path or the apprenticeship route – to read widely, explore the various pathways available to them, engage in dialogue with real estate professionals and to start looking ahead to the APC by familiarising themselves with the mandatory competencies.

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Starting out in industry can be bewildering. Aside from learning the day-to-day practicalities of the role, young professionals need to get to grips with a range of soft skills – some of which may be easier to grasp than others.

As part of EG’s new podcast series – Bricks and Mortar – which covers topics relevant to those just starting out in the property world, EG speaks to Nicky Richmond – managing partner and head of training at West End law firm Brecher.

After more than 30 years as a property lawyer, Nicky has an array of tips and advice to share on subjects that she mentors in from how to manage difficult clients, to marketing yourself effectively, working a room, delegation and managing email overload.

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Manchester’s economy depends on identifying businesses that can withstand “the Brexit turmoil” amid risks to traditional sectors, a cautious panel at EG’s Manchester Question Time argued last week.

Listen to the full debate to find out more.

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Lambeth town hall has undergone an £80m refurbishment, in a project that will see the south London borough reduce the number of offices it occupies from 14 to two. The project is also boosting the supply of affordable housing – and affordable workspaces - in Brixton. Is it a model for others to follow?

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Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a keenly anticipated appeal in S Franses v Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2017] EWHC 1670 (QB); [2017] EGLR 34 - a major case in respect of the operation  of section 30(1)(f) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Joanne Wicks QC and Ben Faulkner, of Wilberforce Chambers, who act for the tenant, S Franses, explain just why the case has attracted so much industry interest, and take us through its journey through the courts so far - as well as analysing the practical effect of the decision as it stands, and the arguments raised in next week's appeal.

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