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The latest news, views and debates from the commercial property industry. A mix of regular short interviews and the weekly news round-up, covering the whole of the commercial property industry.

The latest news, views and debates from the commercial property industry. A mix of regular short interviews and the weekly news round-up, covering the whole of the commercial property industry.
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The latest news, views and debates from the commercial property industry. A mix of regular short interviews and the weekly news round-up, covering the whole of the commercial property industry.




Bricks & Mortar: Why an apprenticeship scheme could be right for you

In 2013, CBRE took on eleven apprentices in a new industry initiative. Those apprentices have now qualified as surveyors – among them Nick Jones, a then 18 year old with a passion for property. Unsure of going to university, the apprenticeship was for him the perfect entry point into the profession. In this episode of Bricks and Mortar, he talks to EG about why it was the right move for him, how the scheme works in practice, the support he received to balance the practical day-to-day...


Future of Real Estate: disrupting cities, landlords and working

Yes, we talk touch upon Brexit. But in this episode EG editor Damian Wild and deputy editor Sam McClary focus on Google’s ambitions to build a city from the internet up, a bad week for WeWork and the shopping centre on sale for a pound. Meanwhile Wired Score and start-up co-working space Runway East tell us how landlords need to change with the times.


Sidewalk Labs founder Dan Doctoroff on why building a city from the internet up is "by far the most complicated thing" he has ever done

"It is hard to explain the future." So says Dan Doctoroff, chief executive of Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet. And he should know. Explaining the future is something he is asked to do a lot these days following the launch of Sidewalk Labs in 2015 and current plans to build a city "from the internet up" on an 800 acre site in Toronto. Previously, the CEO and president of Bloomberg and deputy mayor for economic development, Doctoroff also led New...


The frustration of Brexit: a guide to the issues involved in Canary Wharf v EMA

EG's deputy legal editor, Jess Harrold, talks you through the major battlegrounds in the courtroom showdown between Canary Wharf and its £13m-a-year tenant, the European Medicines Agency, in a major case that raises the key question: will Brexit "frustrate" the EMA's lease, allowing it to walk away from its obligations.


Future of Real Estate: Retail crisis & action on diversity

The Future of Real Estate podcast looks at the events, the people and the issues that are changing real estate. In this first episode Damian Wild is joined by Revo president Mark Robinson as well as EG deputy editor Samantha McClary and retail correspondent Pui Guan Man. Should there be relief or recriminations after this week’s retail trading updates? And is the industry finally making progress on diversity?


Bricks & Mortar: Making the most of the opportunities afforded by social media

Joining us in EG’s first Bricks & Mortar of 2019 is someone who needs little introduction: Susan Freeman, partner at Mishcon de Reya. Susan has amassed over 10,000 followers on Twitter and is active on other social media platforms including LinkedIn. Here, she gives her thoughts on how to make the most of the opportunities afforded by social media, how to build a contact base and the best ways to integrate social media activity into the working day. She stresses the need to always act...


How to prepare for the new service charge professional statement

The RICS is due to implement a new professional statement - Service Charges in Commercial Property - in April 2019, which supersedes earlier service charge codes of practice. All those involved in the management and administration of service charges need to understand it and ensure that they are compliant with it. What can be done now to prepare for its implementation? Join James Daglish, partner at city law firm Goodman Derrick and Guy Cochrane, senior associate partner at Daniel Watney,...


West Midlands: Still a good bet in 2019?

The West Midlands was one of real estate’s best-performing regions in 2018. But with Channel opting for Leeds for its regional HQ will 2019 be so successful? EG asks West Midlands Combined Authority chief executive Deborah Cadman what’s in store.


EG's Top 10 property law cases of 2018

EG's legal & professional team, Sarah Jackman and Jess Harrold, count down the most significant property law decisions of the year - from key landlord & tenant disputes, to major rating decisions, to fraud, misrepresentation and more.


Bricks & Mortar: Pathways to Property and what it's really like on a real estate degree

University of Reading real estate undergraduate student, Aurora Barrett, is the guest on this latest episode of Bricks & Mortar. She talks about her initial exposure to the property industry through the University of Reading scheme Pathways to Property, how that enthused her to pursue a career in the industry and why schemes such as this are invaluable in opening people's eyes to a career in the field. She highlights the importance of networking - including at undergraduate level,...


On the Case: What Franses means for ground (f)

The Supreme Court has given judgment in one of – if not the – biggest property cases of the year, S Franses v Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd involving the landlord's ability to refuse a new business lease to its tenant due to an intention to redevelop, under ground (f) of section 30(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. We invited Joanne Wicks QC and Ben Faulkner, of Wilberforce Chambers, who acted successfully for the appellant tenant, back to discuss the court's decision, what it means...


On the Case: Is Brexit a frustrating event?

Alison Hardy, partner at Ashurst, tackles one of the biggest property cases set to be heard in 2019: the dispute over whether the European Medicines Agency's £13m-a-year lease of premises at Canary Wharf is "frustrated" by Brexit. Alison explains how frustration works, outlines the arguments being advanced by landlord and tenant, and offers her views on the likely outcome - as well as addressing other property litigation that might arise out of Brexit.


As Savills leadership changes, new and old CEOs outline plans for the future

EG talks to the incoming and outgoing group chief executives of Savills about the firm’s plans for the future. Jeremy Helsby talks about the key deal that transformed Savills and why uncertainty always brings opportunity. Mark Ridley says the future will be different to its past, with Asia its largest market and tech replacing people in some parts of the business.


EG’s 2018 rating review of the year

“I can sum it up in one word: tumultuous. It has been a uniquely challenging year.” From the new 2017 rating list process “Check, Challenge, Appeal”; important court and tribunal decisions; the reopening of the 2010 rating list to reverse the effects of Mazars; and the imminent arrival of a new valuation date (1 April 2019) for 2021 revaluation, 2018 has been a busy year. Join rating consultant and EG columnist Blake Penfold as he reviews the year’s many developments, discusses his top...


London West End property agent discusses the future

Edward Charles & Partners new recruit Craig Norton speaks with EG about its succession plans and the state of the west London market as the UK heads on the rocky path to Brexit.


Lynda Shillaw: Town Centre Securities, transforming her home city and being a leader in property

Lynda Shillaw sits down with EG a month into joining Town Centre Securities as group property director. Shillaw spent four years leading MAG Property, spearheading the £1bn Airport City development in Manchester and is now heading back across the Pennines to her home in Leeds. She reflects on twists and turns in her career, the accidental decisions that led to where she is now and on the responsibility she feels as a leader in the industry.


Kerry Glanville discusses Pemberton Greenish/Cripps merger

On 1 December, Cripps and Pemberton Greenish formally completed a merger that creates a major mid-market practice. Headquartered in Kent, the newly merged firm has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, the City (Cannon Green) and Chelsea. It will have a combined turnover of over £45m, and has over 450 people including 64 partners. Gavin Tyler and Clare Hyland remain at the helm as managing partner and senior partner respectively, with Kerry Glanville heading the firm’s Chelsea...


Bricks and Mortar: Forging a career in rural practice surveying

Rural practice surveying has evolved significantly over the last few decades, with the introduction of milk quotas, the rise of renewable energy as an income stream and changes in valuation practice. The pathways into the profession have changed significantly over that time too, with a rise in the number of institutions offering rural surveying courses, the emergence of the post-graduate course and the recent launch of the apprenticeship. Who is suited to this pathway and how do candidates...


Inside Zaha’s $50m New York penthouse

Prime residential real estate “remains buoyant” in New York City as the Zaha Hadid-designed penthouse at 520 W 28Street in New York City lists for $50m. Speaking on a tour of the iconic Hadid residences, Dan August Cordeiro who is leading sales on the property said that enquires and sales above $10m were increasing in the Big Apple. “There has bene a fair amount of construction at the high end of the market and I can say that sales volume and the number of contracts signed in the $10m plus,...


‘We have to trust the retailers’: British Land on digital and physical retail

This month, Leeds-based clothing retailer Joe Browns is celebrating its one-year bricks-and-mortar anniversary at British Land’s Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. EG spoke with Claire Barber, head of Meadowhall at British Land, and Simon Brown, managing director and founder of Joe Browns, to explore the fledgling relationship between the landlord and clicks-to-mortar retailer, and their key learnings.