11 October 2021

Real Estate and The National Security and Investment Act 2021

At first blush, one could be forgiven for assuming that the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the “Act”) would only apply to obviously “dodgy dealings” and “suspect individuals”. However, for anyone who has read our summary of the National Security and Investment Bill or our update following its receiving Royal Assent , it will be clear that the new regime will be far more wide-ranging, potentially catching a plethora of transactions and the parties involved. One sector which could be particularly affected in more ways than one is real estate.

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11 October 2021

The implications of a "Golden Share" in football

When Tracey Crouch MP published her report on the “fan led” review of football, I was taken by the reference to the intention to “develop proposals…to offer greater protection…through a ‘golden share’ for fans, giving veto powers over reserved items, to be held by a democratic legally constituted fan group”. When this was followed up by both Oliver Dowden MP visiting my football club (Brentford FC) and his successor Nadine Dorries MP referencing Brentford’s ‘golden share’, I thought – as the lawyer who advised the Brentford Supporters’ Trust on the implementation of its ‘golden share’ (or BU Special Share as that particular one is known) – that it would be worthwhile reflecting on the key points to consider in relation to such a share.

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6 October 2021

Senior Executives: thinking of relocating to the UK?

Forsters’ SenEx Advisory Group regularly advises internationally mobile company executives and professionals when a move to or from the UK is being considered. The move triggers many questions, some of which are based on common misconceptions about the UK’s tax, immigration and employment regimes.

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5 October 2021

W&I Insurance Starter Pack

Once seen as a trend, W&I deals have become increasingly popular over the last decade or so – more recently as a way of dealing with liability on acquisitions in a pandemic scenario. If you’ve never been involved in one of these deals before or have only limited experience of them, read on to find out the basics.

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29 September 2021

Should I establish a non-UK resident company to acquire UK property?

It used to be clear that non-UK residents planning to invest in UK property would generally choose to do this through a non-UK tax resident company rather than a UK tax resident company. However, this is no longer necessarily the case. This article seeks to explain the current position.

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27 September 2021

Share or Asset Deal: What’s the difference?

Whether you’re buying a property directly or buying the shares in a company which owns a property, there is a process of disclosure and due diligence which must be undertaken. However, there are key differences in how these are dealt with, depending on which transaction type is chosen. This article will focus on the key transactional differences rather than the tax implications which, whilst obviously crucial, are a topic in themselves.

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