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By 2030, more than 60% of the world’s population will live in cities.   Wedlake Bell launched a lively panel discussion on the issues raised by this change, both legal and non-legal, for the real estate industry at MIPIM UK and the debate continues with a series of briefings.

Recent Articles and Publications

Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge – managing tomorrow’s people today

As cities and workplaces become more intelligent with the shift in technology, employers need to be consistently aware of their own “employer brand” with shared goals and concerns, and trust/transparency ever-more crucial.

Click here to read Richard Isham’s article first published in HR Review on 26 May 2016.

How to avoid high-tech ‘crash and burn’ ghost towns

What is the key to making a successful city?

Click here to read Suzanne Gill’s comments first published in the Financial Times on 1 June 2016.

Place, tech and people: creating offices of the future

By the year 2020, 50% of the global workforce will be millennials – what challenges will the office real estate sector face in creating space for this new breed of employee?

Click here to read the full article by Helen Garthwaite and Suzanne Gill first published in Property Week on 7 April 2016.

Be sure of your connections

The importance of considering broadband connectivity at the outset of a construction or refurbishment project is now recognised, but what must developers do to deliver high speed broadband in their buildings and what is the legislative framework enabling and driving broadband connectivity?

Click here to read the full article by Helen Garthwaite and Claire Haynes as appeared in RICS Construction Journal for April-May 2016.

Our relationship with the built environment is changing radically and lawyers need to keep up

Helen Garthwaite was interviewed by The Law Society Gazette. Commenting on the role of lawyers, she said, “Residential properties built today will need to last 1,000 years, but the lifecycle of commercial developments is much shorter. This means that commercial property lawyers must respond flexibly to changes in the way we live and work, and the demands of government policy.”

Click here to read the full article as appeared in The Law Society Gazette on 18 January 2016.

The Regeneration of Urban Cities

Helen Garthwaite attended a roundtable discussion on the role of law and lawyers in the regeneration of urban cities and in particular Birmingham. Commenting on the role of lawyers in the regeneration, she said, “The key is to persuade all interested stakeholders to see a lawyer as an integral part of the team. My most successful projects are those where I have informed clients who bring in a lawyer as part of their team.”

Click here to read the full article as appeared in The Law Society Gazette on 14 September 2015.

‘More Moral Fibre, Please’

The government has withdrawn amendments to the Infrastructure Bill that would have made life less risky for those introducing broadband fibre. So the onus is on developers to act themselves.

Click here to read the full article as appeared in Building magazine on 20 March 2015.

‘Building Time’

It’s time property lawyers played their part in the big debates that will shape our built environment, argues Suzanne Gill in the Law Society Gazette this week.

Click here to read the full article.

‘The challenges and rewards of modelling regional cities on London’

The City Growth Commission recently published its final report, Unleashing Metro Growth. If the metropolitan areas outside London can emulate some of London’s success, argues the commission, the resulting economic growth will benefit us all. But how can the property industry make the vision a reality and what will the impact of devolution be?

Read the full article by Suzanne Gill in Property Week by clicking here.

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