James Souter and Megan Davies, of Charles Russell Speechlys, join EG's Jess Harrold to discuss the Court of Appeal's decision in the high-profile case Fearn and others v Board of Trustees of Tate Gallery [2020] EWCA Civ 104; [2020] PLSCS 22 - which effectively closes the door on nuisance claims for overlooking.

Souter and Davies take the positions of the Neo Bankside residents and the Tate Modern respectively, addressing the key arguments before the Court of Appeal, explaining the court's findings, and debating whether the correct decision was reached.

In addition, they discuss the potential for the case to go to the Supreme Court.

Three experts from Colliers - John Webber, Louise Daly and David Hughes - join EG's Jess Harrold to discuss the varying systems of business rates in operation in England & Wales, in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

They address the difficulties that arise from the cross-border differences, the issues faced by those seeking to challenge their business rates assessments, and how the UK would benefit from a more coherent approach, incorporating the best elements of each system.

There has been more talk than action from government in delivering on the promise of the Oxford Cambridge arc. But with a relatively new government, an imminent Budget and a prime minister whose appetite for infrastructure development is voracious that could soon change. In the first of two podcasts on the opportunity, EG takes a look at what’s wanted, what’s needed and whats likely to happen in the months and year ahead.

Joining Damian Wild in the EG studio are: 

Rob Hopwood, Partner, Planning, Bidwells

Olaide Oboh, Director of Partnerships, Firstbase

Sarah Haywood Price, Chief Executive, Advanced Oxford

In partnership with Bidwells


Last week’s cabinet reshuffle included the bombshell of a new chancellor, as well as less unexpected news of yet anther change of housing minister.

In this podcast, former Conservative MP and housing minister Mark Prisk and EG deputy editor Tim Burke discuss the ramifications of the changes, and how the real estate industry might benefit from the government’s plans to 'level up' the UK regions.

This week’s episode of Bricks & Mortar sees Sarah Jackman joined in the EG studio by her colleague on the legal & professional desk: Jess Harrold. Amongst his many skills, Jess is a seasoned court reporter, having spent numerous years covering the courts for both the EG and other news organisations.

He lifts the lid on how best to approach a judgment, where its key information is contained and how, with a bit of practice, you can make light work of getting to grips with a lengthy report. Jess guides listeners through the process by making reference to a case currently under appeal: Fearn v The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery [2019] EWHC 246 (Ch). To reference it while listening, download a copy at: https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2019/246.html&query=(title:(+fearn+))

When EG revealed last November that more than a quarter of real estate professionals had considered taking their own life, the industry was stunned. But not into silence. Stunned and then prompted into taking action, into speaking up, into embracing the fact that it is OK to not be OK sometimes.

Mental health charity Mind head of workplace wellbeing programmes Faye McGuinness, JLL head of investor facilities management Neil Worrall, and Fisher German managing partner Andrew Bridge joins EG reporter Lucy Alderson to discuss what the immediate next steps property needs to take to start to lower these shocking statistics. 

December’s general election gave the property market a much-needed injection of optimism. If the 'Boris bounce' does indeed continue, what kinds of deals and developments will keep financiers busiest, and what trends are likely to dominate in 2020?

In this Finance Talks podcast, EG deputy editor Tim Burke is joined by John Carter, commercial director in the real estate division at Aldermore Bank, and Nicole Lux, senior research fellow at Cass Business School, to discuss the outlook.

Ann Stewart – a senior professional support lawyer at Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP – discusses the differences in energy efficiency provisions between England and Wales on the one hand, and Scotland on the other.

Stewart compares and contrasts the two regimes, under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 north of the border, and the Energy Act 2011 and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in England and Wales, covering how each operates, key exemptions, and major deadlines in the calendar in each jurisdiction.


At Knight Frank’s annual London breakfast briefing, the need for real estate to continue to shift the dial when it comes to customer service was made abundantly clear.

Buildings without occupiers are valueless and occupiers - and their employees - are becoming increasingly discerning and demanding when it comes to space requirements. Office space is now much more than just a cost to occupiers, it can be the difference between winning and losing commercial.

In this podcast we talk to global head of occupier research at Knight Frank Lee Elliott about what landlords need to understand about their customers to have “property with purpose, property that performs and ultimately property that prevails”.


International law firm Ashurst has announced the next evolution of the firm's global real estate dispute resolution practice as part of an initiative to assist clients navigate the risks and liabilities of regional and multi-jurisdictional real estate investment.

 The initiative focuses on providing clients with an integrated approach to commercial real estate disputes, derived from the firm's broad expertise in managing high-value, large and complex disputes, combined with extensive industry understanding to provide clients seamless real estate solutions from across Ashurst's network of international offices.

Alison Hardy, Ashurt’s head of real estate dispute resolution, said: "Over the past few years, real estate has become an increasingly global asset, and as such we are seeing increasing globalisation in real estate disputes work. International disputes are often complex – both legally and sometimes culturally, involving fusion of laws and, not infrequently, politics, and having a global real estate disputes group will allow us to offer a seamless service to our clients.

“By working together as one global team, we are able to pool resources, so that if clients need advice in a particular jurisdiction, we will have specialists in that location, and the global team to handle any size dispute."

Hardy joins EG's Jess Harrold in the Studio to further discuss the move, and how the global approach will benefit clients.




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