Investor interest in city centre residential development will be "the ongoing story of Leeds over the next 24 months" as the city region continues to target a devolution deal with government, according to Martin Farrington, Leeds city council director of city development.

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Brexit or not, Berlin will never rival London as Europe’s leading tech hub says CBRE’s EMEA head of digital innovation Thomas Herr. “There is only one London,” he says. “There is no way Berlin will ever be a London. It hurts me to say that, but it’s true.”

Herr, a Berliner himself, adds that despite the German capital’s burgeoning start-up scene, rising costs could turn it into “just another expensive, boring city.” 

A lack of housing stock - the vacancy rate for apartments currently stands at 1.2% - and tight office supply means that rising rents are threatening to quash entrepreneurial spirit. In a city where only 18% of people own their homes, Berlin’s apartment rents rose by 8.8% to 9.79 euros a month in 2017 according to CBRE - a figure which has grown 71% over the last decade. 

Residential options outside of the city and the prevalence of co-working space have, so far, successfully supported Berlin’s digital community. But does the German capital have what it takes to retain its raw, innovative talent despite a squeeze on space, supply and resource? 

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The Supreme Court has given its verdict in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd on the oral variation of contracts.

To discuss its implications for the property industry, EG is joined by Michael Paget of Cornerstone Barristers, who acted in the case. 

He talks listeners through the case itself, its journey to the Supreme Court and shares his top tip for helping property professionals avoid issues with oral variation in the future.

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“Some pretty disgraceful things have been normalised,” Nick Walkley, chief executive of Homes England, says, reflecting on diversity in property. But how do you change that?

Walkley and Tim Heatley, co-founder of regeneration specialist Capital & Centric, tell EG about Regeneration Brainery, a programme that connects 16-21 year-olds with mentors from across the industry. Consciously focusing on young people from diverse backgrounds who would not have family connections in property, Regeneration Brainery hopes to open up opportunities and give the next generation an "address book of contacts" to get ahead.

Listen to the latest Tomorrow’s Leaders podcast to find out why diversity matters to Heatley and Walkley and what the industry can do about it.

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Workplace design can attract talent but tomorrow’s office markets will still be dominated by cost and location says Alex Lifschutz, director, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

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Generational differences and their effect on the workplace rely less on age and more on the ability to embrace the unknown, according to Ray Richards of Do Something Different.

“Really what I am talking about is change” he said, speaking at the EG Workplace of Tomorrow Conference.

“It’s not the strongest people who survive or the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change… the one thing we have to do is understand how to embrace change, otherwise we will struggle, we will not thrive.”

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The Court of Appeal has given judgment in two much-discussed cases that raise important questions over who should be held liable to victims of conveyancing fraud: Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya and P&P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP – each of which involves a fraudulent “seller” making off with a would-be purchaser’s funds.

In the latest episode of On the Case, Owen Talfan Davies, partner at Fieldfisher, analyses the court's findings, and what they mean for conveyancing solicitors going forward.

 

 

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In this EG Property Podcast we meet Bidwells managing director Catherine Spitzer. Spitzer, who was promoted to the role in July 2017 after joining the Cambridge-based agent in 2014 as chief operating officer, is refreshingly un-property.

With a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford, she first became a lawyer bringing the likes of Amazon and eBay to the UK, then a consultant and then took a year off.

In this conversation we talk about her journey into property, Bidwell’s fresh approach to workspace, mental health, diversity and mountains.

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The Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act offers commercial tenants the important rights to remain in occupation after their lease comes to an end, and apply to court for the grant of a new lease - but landlords and tenants can "contract out" of these provisions before they sign the lease. 

As a result, Jonathan Seitler QC's latest Agenda is this: the 1954 act is a complete waste of time.

Roger Cohen, partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, disagrees. Whose side will you be on in this episode of the Agenda?

 

 

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Knight Frank's head of national offices Emma Goodford discusses the hottest office markets tipped for 2018, changing occupier demands and the lure of Crossrail.

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