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DWF's international real estate team is attending the annual MIPIM conference this week to build new connections across the industry and discuss future global trends and opportunities.
On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") rendered an important judgement in case C-284/16, Slovak Republic v. Achmea. The CJEU declared invalid the investor-State dispute settlement ("ISDS") arbitration clause in the bilateral investment treaty between the Netherlands and Slovakia ("intra-EU BIT").
Housing shortages and the lack of affordable and social housing in particular, are a pressing domestic economic and political issue. Last month the Irish Government launched a potentially significant leasing scheme intended to release and mobilise large amounts of private capital and land to deliver new housing stock.
With the third anniversary of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland fast approaching, we consider the key issues for commercial tenants.
The government of Dubai has recently issued Law No. 19 of 2017, which is a partial update to the 2008 and 2009 interim property registration laws. The 2017 law relates to off-plan property sales in Dubai, and in particular deals with a new procedure following the breach of a sales agreement by an investor.
Legal business DWF has secured a three-year panel appointment that will see the business become Whitbread's sole provider of real estate work for the hospitality giant's Premier Inn, hub by Premier Inn, Restaurant and Costa brands. The high-profile appointment covers all 'business as usual' property work across the UK, including construction, property litigation and planning, and also covers the Northern Ireland and Eire regions.
The impending implementation of the value-added tax (VAT) will undoubtedly have many landlords and tenants scrambling to check their commercial leases for potential liability to VAT. Jazz Moman writes for PropertyWeekly.ae
Date: 20 July 2017