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Latest articles from John Meehan

  • Site acquisitions for developments  – how to ‘Speed the Legals’

    Site acquisitions for developments – how to ‘Speed the Legals’

    So you've struck a deal to buy a site and pass onto your lawyers the terms of the deal with the expectation that a signed contract is just round the corner to cement your preferred bidder status. Then the lawyers burst your bubble with a series of questions: "what do you mean by that ...?" For deal-doing developers, these questions, however irritating, are a necessary ingredient for a binding contract.

  • How to Appeal your New Rateable Value

    How to Appeal your New Rateable Value

    With the 2017 revaluation of business rates just around the corner, all owners and tenants of non-domestic property need to be aware of how the impending revaluation affects them. Initial analysis of the industry shows that values have fluctuated significantly across the country and through different property sectors. Here we look at the process of the revaluation and ways to appeal against the decision by the Valuation Roll Assessors.

  • Do you know your SIPP from your SSAS?

    Do you know your SIPP from your SSAS?

    In the current economic climate, certain types of pension scheme have become attractive and tax efficient tools to save and invest in commercial property. However, the structure of these small self-administered and self-invested pension schemes (or SSASs and SIPPs as they're commonly known), can have consequences, sometimes unintended, for investors.

  • Energy Performance Regulations – due diligence and contract solutions for buyers and sellers

    Energy Performance Regulations – due diligence and contract solutions for buyers and sellers

    The succinctly named Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 became law across Scotland on 1 September 2016. Here we take a look how a variety of clauses and due diligence enquiries are emerging to give comfort to buyers on measures taken by sellers to comply with the regulations or to assure buyers that no action needed to be taken.