In the latest Future of Real Estate podcast, we cast an eye over MIPIM. Meanwhile Tyler Goodwin explains how Seaforth Land is focusing on social mobility by offering internships to sixth formers from diverse backgrounds. Plus Cushman & Wakefield global president John Forrester tells us how he sees the future of real estate.

The project

The Law Commission has been tasked by the government with providing proposals for leasehold reform, with the aim of improving consumer choice, and providing greater fairness and transparency for leaseholders. Its ongoing project currently addresses three issues:

  • leasehold enfranchisement
  • the right to manage
  • commonhold, which provides an alternative form of ownership to residential leasehold

Last week, law commissioners Professor Nick Hopkins and Stephen Lewis met with EG's deputy legal & professional editor, Jess Harrold, to discuss the overall ambit of the project and offer an update on the individual consultations on the three key areas.

Promoting diversity and raising awareness of a career in real estate are fundamental aims of Pathways to Property – an initiative run by the University of Reading for year 12 students in UK state schools and colleges who would like to find out more about a career in the industry.

Alan Froggatt – former CEO of CBRE and one of the original founders of the scheme – is passionate about the initiative. He joins EG’s Professional & Legal Editor, Sarah Jackman, to discuss the opportunities that it affords and the way it has opened the eyes of many pupils – who wouldn’t ordinarily have heard of the industry – to the possibilities available within it.

He is conscious that there is still a long way to go in fully realising the aims of the scheme, but believes that it plays a very positive part in the effort to promote diversity among future generations.

Roger Cohen, real estate disputes partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, analyses the Court of Appeal decision in Rossendale Borough Council v Hurstwood Properties (A) Ltd; Wigan Council v Property Alliance Group Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 364; [2019] PLSCS 49 - and reveals why he sees it as a "lifeline" for property owners in the controversial area of empty property business rates.

Cohen summarises the court's findings and explains what the decision means for property owners seeking to employ rates mitigation schemes in future.


The results of The Liquid Report: Leading the Digital Transformation of Global Real Estate were published this week based on research carried out by proptech consultant Dan Hughes.

It calls for the creation of a government-backed digital real estate forum to connect proptech initiatives, for new strategies to unlock R&D spending and for real estate to put digitalisation at the heart of business strategy.

In terms of how the UK’s expertise in and around tech compared with that of other countries, the report reveals that it is a front-runner regarding capacity for innovation, data infrastructure, market transparency and quality of education, but falls behind other nations in terms of venture capital investment and technology infrastructure. 

Hughes and BPF President Melanie Leech join EG for a podcast on the report findings and key next steps. 

Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Ground Zero masterplan talks to EG about how we can capture the "spirit" of great urban developments. 

Libeskind, who will be attending Mipim this year as part of a collaboration with the city of Belfast revealed the importance of finding "the human roots of cities" before saying he would never start a development with the building or the concrete, but rather the will and desire of the people. 

"Architects can sit in their ivory towers," he says. "And suddenly a building appears. I don't like that kind of architecture. It should be about public involvement. Architecture is for the citizens."


In this week’s FORE podcast, we speak to CBRE’s Amanda Clack, former RICS president and author of the new book Managing Diversity and Inclusion in Real Estate. Where is the sector going right – and wrong? Also new editor Samantha McClary joins Damian Wild, outlining her plans for EG.

Matthew Bonye, head of real estate dispute resolution at Herbert Smith Freehills, and John Chetwood, senior associate in the firm's restructuring and insolvency group, join deputy legal editor Jess Harrold to discuss the rise of retail CVAs. Bonye and Chetwood explain the legal framework, and consider the options available for landlords seeking to protect their interests, as well as looking at the future possibilities for court challenge, including potential issues raised by a pending challenge to the Regis hairdressing chain CVA.



Drowning in email correspondence, unsure where to start and unable to prioritise competing demands. These are all common problems in the modern workplace. But what is the best way to tackle them?

Fear not. Help is at hand in the shape of Bill Chandler, professional support lawyer at law firm Hill Dickinson who joins EG's Professional and Legal Editor, Sarah Jackman, to discuss his top tips for time management success.

He promises greater efficiency in five easy steps: "The key is to remember that time management is less about managing time and more about managing yourself."

Find out more about those strategies and learn how to apply them not simply in the work context, but outside work too.


In this EG podcast we meet WeWork’s head of real estate transactions for EMEA and Australian, Mary Finnigan and talk about why WeWork is not really a real estate company, how the business works and why nothing matters more to the business than its members.


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