16 February 2022

Philanthropy in the Frame: How can artists engage in charitable activities?

The question of how to engage in philanthropy is an important one for artists. While some artists will have funds which can be used to make charitable gifts or to fund endowments, others may find that a large portion of their wealth is bound up in anticipated sales of their work and, therefore, relates either to future work or an unsold collection.

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15 February 2022

“Follow the paint” on a unique tour of artist Jock McFadyen’s studio whilst he reveals the mastery behind his paintings and artistic legacy

Forsters’ Head of Art and Cultural Property, Catherine Hill, joins longstanding client Jock McFadyen at his artist studio in London Fields for a captivating conversation in which Jock reveals his painting techniques, reflects on a 50-year career and the challenges of accepting the kind of artist you’ve become, as well as musings on the future of the art market.

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15 February 2022

The Environment Act – A Quick Guide for Landowners and Developers

The much-delayed Environment Act 2021 (“the Act”) which finally received Royal Assent during the second week of COP26 (in November 2021), has been described by the UK government as delivering “the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth”. The Act introduces far-reaching statutory changes aimed at, amongst other things, increasing biodiversity, restoring natural habitats, reducing waste and making better use of our resources.

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14 February 2022

Can Tenants get a Rent Free Period for Fit out Works and Lease Renewals?

The Judgment on a significant retail test case has just been made public involving Boots and Quadrant Estates and CarVal Investments owners of a portfolio of 123 Boot Stores regarding lease renewal claims. The 123 stores are let to Boots under a sale and leaseback arrangement but this case, in particular, centred on the renewal of the lease of Boots’ premises at The Promenade/Princess Street in Bridlington, Yorkshire.

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31 January 2022

Planning: Past, Present and Future?

After two years of unprecedented challenges faced by real estate and the planning industry, industry predictions for 2022 have perhaps been more eagerly anticipated than ever.

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21 January 2022

"Follow my lead": the Government's Net Zero Playbook

The UK public sector manages more than 300,000 individual properties, at a combined value of £515bn, which makes it the largest property portfolio in the country – so it is very important that it must lead the way in green matters and set an example to the rest of the industry.

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20 January 2022

Moving House - To Do List

Moving house can be an inherently stressful process. The best way to ensure a smooth transaction is to be prepared with all papers and possible issues in advance, so these do not stall the process due to late discovery, and enabling your solicitor and agent to ensure all matters are properly addressed in advance. We have set out below a short checklist, which is not exhaustive, but should assist in initial preparations so that you can hit the ground running once a buyer is found.

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