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An area where insights and articles into current news around the property industry are brought together and made easily accessible

Heather Powell, Head of Property and Construction

Our multi-disciplinary Property and Construction team provide practical, user-friendly guidance to help companies adapt to the changing world and grow their business. We do this by providing commercially focused advice drawing on our expertise that encompasses all financial reporting, budgeting and tax matters – from SDLT to VAT, from Corporation Tax to Capital Gains Tax.

Our expert team work collaboratively to deliver the best service to our clients. You will deal with one lead partner, who is able to call upon the depth of expertise in the firm, co-ordinating the services you require and ensuring that these reflect your needs and ambitions.

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2023 Property Forecast: The Challenges and Opportunities

Full forecast now available

Some of the biggest names from across the built environment joined the Blick Rothenberg Property & Construction team for a lively, wide-ranging discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the property market in the year ahead.

Chaired by BE News editor-in-chief Liz Hamson, and hosted by Heather Powell, the carefully selected and diverse panel of industry leaders discussed a number of themes including the economic outlook, sustainability, the housing policy, and more. 

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A great week at MIPIM 2023

We were delighted to attend this years MIPIM Conference and host our first Cannes event


Our Property & Construction team returned from MIPIM 2023 having met contacts both new and old to discuss the latest sector updates, news, and how we can support their business.

We also hosted our first MIPIM event – a VIP ‘Drinks by the Sea’ reception in collaboration with Edwin Coe LLP. We had a fantastic turnout and as you can see from the pictures opposite, the sun was shining and the conversation (and bubbles) flowing. 

If you were unable to attend MIPIM this year but wish to talk to our expert team, or attended and are keen to talk further, you can schedule a meeting or an informal chat by getting in touch.

The Annual Landlords Survey: Spotlight on EPC

Full report and results now available


We’ve published our Annual Landlords Survey: Spotlight on EPC report based on our survey conducted over the Autumn.

With responses from residential and commercial Landlords all over the UK, the results paint a picture of confusion and ill-preparedness for the upcoming EPC Changes.

The report asks the questions:

  • Are UK rental properties ready to meet the Government's new requirements?
  • How do property owners plan to fund the works required?
  • What impact will their implementation have on commercial and residential landlords?

    Our exclusive report summarises our findings, and shows how responses compare across landlords facing similar challenges
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Property Tax Update

Presentions now available to download

We recently held the first of our new Property Tax Update events at our Great Queen Street offices, hosted by Head of Property & Construction Heather Powell. Aimed at providing commercially-focused advice to help support business decisions and growth, the event also included our thoughts concerning the recent Budget announcements as well as a look ahead to what Jeremy Hunt might include in his next statement.

At the event three of our resident experts presented:

  • Partner and Stamp Duty expert Sean Randall explored the latest changes affecting SDLT
  • VAT Partner Alan Pearce discussed the pitfalls and opportunities when undertaking residential conversion
  • Corporate Tax Partner Neil Insull focussed on how to maximise tax deductions and reliefs

We have made the presentation slides available to download*.* A PDF reader is required

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Women in Property

How to Survive MIPIM 

Blick Rothenberg recently hosted The Association of Women in Property at an exclusive MIPIM 2023 event for those attending Cannes for the very first time. For those that have not been before, it's important to know what to expect when you get to MIPIM:

  • How important is it to plan your diary in advance?
  • How can you secure invites to the most relevant events?
  • And what should you pack?

'How to Survive MIPIM' aimed to answer those questions and more, with the experience of MIPIM veterans and their top tips to help get the most out of the conference and make it an enjoyable and rewarding trip.

You can contact Heather Powell, Head of Property & Construction at Blick Rothenberg, to find out the Ten Top Tips discussed that evening.


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Adapt & Grow

The wide range of opportunities and challenges facing the Property and Construction sectors can, without careful planning, result in a cash-flow crisis. Current examples of these include significant increases in labour and material costs as well as the recent change in the tax regime for residential developers - increasing the tax payable on developments, both of which reduce the capital retained in the business.

As the pandemic, Brexit and other factors continue to impact the sector, we emerge into the new world with opportunities for businesses that, with careful planning, can be taken to build their businesses.

We can help you

  • Gain a clearer understanding of your position in this changing landscape
  • Help to continually monitor financial results with a focus on optimising cash flows
  • Invest in identifying and addressing issues as they arise
  • To be in the best position to thrive and grow your business as the economy recovers
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Tax Transaction Services

Any buyer of property, whether a development site or an investment, needs to consider all of the UK taxes that impact not only at the date of purchase but also during the period of ownership. Getting this wrong can be an expensive error. Whether acquiring property via the purchase of shares in a company, or buying the asset itself, SDLT, VAT, Corporation tax and Income tax all need to be considered – as well as how profits can be extracted in the most tax efficient way.
Our team give advice on the best way to structure a purchase, and where a company is being purchased, work with buyers and their other professional advisors in completing a review of the financial and tax records to ensure that no unexpected liabilities are acquired with the company shares. A combination of property sector knowledge and technical expertise allow the team to deliver a focussed, cost effective service to clients which is clear, concise and timely.

Mini Autumn Budget 2022

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax

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Partner Sean Randall reflects on the changes to Stamp Duty. Watch now

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Mini Autumn Budget 2022:  Stamp Duty Land Tax

Following today’s Mini Budget announcement, Sean Randall reflects on the changes to Stamp Duty.

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SDLT updates and insights with Sean Randall

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In September, InfoTrack welcomed back Sean Randall to provide insight into the latest SDLT updates.

Focussing on the most important changes to stamp duty that law firms need to know about, Sean discussed ways to ensure you're up to date with the most relevant SDLT changes for the remainder of 2022 and beyond.

Watch the on-demand recording for this not-to-be-missed webinar.

In this 45-minute webinar, Sean covered key topics including:

  • A summary of the latest relevant case law for conveyancers - both recent and forthcoming;
  • The new SDLT/ATED relief for Homes for Ukraine scheme; and
  • What to expect in the Budget, including changes on multiple dwellings relief and mixed-use transactions.
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A Guide for Residential Conveyancers, 2nd edition

The second edition of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Handbook – A Guide for Residential Conveyancers is essential for residential property lawyers to understand better the stamp duty rules on residential property transactions in England and Northern Ireland. It will help practitioners reduce costs and protect against claims for professional negligence and damage to reputation. This clearly written handbook, with an overview at the start and a summary of filing/payment obligations at the end, has been especially written to enable residential property lawyers to filter complex matters requiring specialist tax advice from ordinary matters that do not.

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Mixed-use and multiple dwellings relief

On what has become known as ‘Tax Administration and Maintenance Day’, the Government published a number of tax consultations, including one on Stamp Duty Land Tax proposing changes to the way in which ‘mixed-use’ transactions and multiple dwelling transactions are taxed. Partner Sean Randall looks at the proposed changes in detail.

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Some of these consequences are welcome and the proposals will certainly achieve their objective of reducing the scope for abuse of the rules

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Changes to VAT options to tax

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With HMRC changing the way they process and acknowledge options to tax, what does it mean for property companies and professional advisors?

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Don’t be caught out by Corporation Tax rate change

January 2023

A new 25% rate of Corporation Tax will be introduced from 1 April 2023, bringing potentially unexpected consequences for companies of all sizes

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Why is the place of establishment relevant for VAT?

January 2023

A business’ place of establishment often determines the place of supply of services for VAT, so defining this correctly is key to avoiding penalties

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Stamp Duty appeal threatens HMRC’s unbeaten record

December 2022

A landmark Tribunal ruling against HMRC means homes with adjoining grazing and woodland could attract commercial SDLT tax rates instead of residential

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Commercial Landlords whose properties do not have the right energy performance certificate won’t be allowed to rent their properties

November 2022

Our survey has found that many commercial landlords are not aware of the issue

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Mini Autumn Budget 2022: Stamp Duty Land Tax

September 2022

Following today’s Mini Budget announcement, Partner Sean Randall reflects on the changes to Stamp Duty.

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