Politically and economically, 2022 was a tumultuous year. Despite an encouraging start, by the third quarter it was clear that Scotland’s property sector was being impacted by spiralling inflation, soaring energy costs and increasing interest rates, writes Barry McKeown. Yet, let me recall som
With the bidding process closing today, Sheelagh Cooley, real estate partner in the Edinburgh office of law firm Shoosmiths, considers the benefits and potential challenges ahead for the operators of Scotland’s Green Freeports. It has been well publicised that the Scottish Government is curren
Shoosmiths has appointed three partners across its real estate teams in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Ian McCann, previously with CMS has joined the Edinburgh office as a construction partner while Lyndsey O’Connor has joined the Glasgow office as a real estate partner from Dentons. Lauren Mill
Taylor Wimpey hosted eight events across the UK earlier this month to mark this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8, including one led by its two regional businesses in Scotland.
M&G Real Estate and its property development partner Qmile Group have pre-let all 390,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation at its £350 million Haymarket Edinburgh two years ahead of the development's completion.
UK law firm Shoosmiths has been appointed to Taylor Wimpey’s Scottish legal panel. Shoosmiths is the only firm to secure a place on the housebuilder’s legal roster in Scotland, and England and Wales following the conclusion of Taylor Wimpey's latest panel review.
Early adopters of sustainable practices, including retrofit programmes, may be better placed to reap future benefits, writes Sheelagh Cooley. In the year that Glasgow hosts the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), UK law firm Shoosmiths joined over 120 other UK businesses committing to
Shoosmiths has paid tribute to its former head of real estate Steve Dougherty, who passed away last week at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer. A highly experienced real estate lawyer, Mr Dougherty trained with Morton Fraser before joining Archibald Campbell and Harley. After the firm merg
Real estate can lead the way in shaping how we want to live and work in the post-pandemic future, write Janette Speed, head of real estate and head of office in Scotland at law firm Shoosmiths. According to a recent survey, post-Brexit Britain is considered a prime real estate proposition by investo
Fraser Mitchell writes about proposed technical changes to Scottish Planning Policy and the relevant Scottish Government consultation. In July, the Scottish Government published a consultation on what it describes as a “technical amendment” to Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). The consulta
Janette Speed outlines why the modular housing model could have greater appeal as the industry adapts during the current pandemic. As the plan to lift the UK out of lockdown is revealed we are all taking a punt at what the new normal is going to look like and how long it is going to take to g
Solicitors have reported that some house buyers are choosing to submit an offer after viewing a property virtually.
Fraser Mitchell, planning partner at Shoosmiths in Scotland, considers the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s planning system and notes that significant challenges remain to maintain an effective planning system during the lockdown and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to presen
Drum Property Group has once again scooped the ultimate accolade at this year’s Scottish Property Awards, winning the coveted Property Company of the Year award for the second year running. It is the fourth time in the last six years that Drum has won the awards’ major prize, making it t
Stuart Clubb: Supreme Court gratuitous alienation decision gives with one hand but takes with the other
Courts can, in appropriate cases, devise a remedy to protect the good faith purchaser in a gratuitous alienation, the Supreme Court has concluded in a case that turned on the meaning of “adequate consideration” in the Insolvency Act 1986 and which has been remitted to the Inner House of