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CRELA’s Commercial Real Estate Update in the City of London 3 March 2015

Here are details of the forthcoming CRELA** Commercial Real Estate Update in the City of London (at which, by chance, I will be one of the speakers).

** CRELA = Commercial Real Estate Legal Association – see www.crela.org.uk

Thursday 23 April – City of London

This will comprise a 90 minute session covering three main topics on current
commercial real estate issues.

The Law Commission’s Land Registration project
Professor Elizabeth Cooke (Law Commissioner)

The Law Commission has recently started work on this new project, which
comprises a wide-ranging review of the Land Registration Act 2002, with a view to
amendment where elements of the Act could be improved in light of experience
with its operation. In particular, this project will examine the extent of the Land
Registry’s guarantee of title, rectification and alteration of the register, and the
impact of fraud. The project will also re-examine the legal framework for electronic
conveyancing, and consider how technology might be harnessed to reduce the
time and resources required to process applications while maintaining the
reliability of the register and public confidence in it.

Professor Elizabeth Cooke was appointed Commissioner with responsibility for
Property, Family and Trust Law in July 2008.

Recent and forthcoming changes to SDLT
Richard Smith and Peter Williams

In the past Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has applied both in England & Wales
and in Scotland, and significant changes were made to SDLT on residential
property in all jurisdictions last December.  But in April SDLT will be replaced in Scotland by an entirely new tax, the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). LBTT will apply to all land in Scotland irrespective of where the purchaser is based. The Scottish Government will have control over the tax base as well as the rates, and the administrative arrangements for LBTT will be different, with an online system intended to be more modern and user friendly.

This session will provide an overview of all these changes, both north and south of
the border, to ensure that lawyers in England and Wales are fully up to speed with
these important developments which will affect their clients’ portfolio acquisitions
across the whole of the UK.

Richard Smith is a dual-qualified real estate partner in Brodies LLP, a Scottish law
firm with offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels. 

Peter Williams is a freelance legal trainer, writer and lecturer at Falco Legal

The Model Commercial Lease
Peter Williams

The Model Commercial Lease (MCL) is an initiative from the property industry
itself, intended to speed up lease negotiations while maintaining the flexibility that
both landlords and tenants require to run their businesses.  This session will
introduce you to the MCL and consider its pros and cons (but mostly its pros).

Peter Williams is a freelance legal trainer, writer and lecturer at Falco Legal


Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG

(Offices of Hogan Lovells International LLP)


6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

followed by drinks and networking until 8.30 pm

1.5 CPD points


No attendance restrictions.  Open to everyone.

Please book using the Booking Form which you can find here.

Members £25 + VAT.

Others £45 + VAT.



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