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European economies take off

When the flash estimates of Q1 European GDP growth numbers start to appear in about a month’s time we could be in for a pleasant surprise. Growth in 2017 was reasonable by European standards. The EU, as a whole, grew by 1.9%, higher than the USA (and...

Article 50: shades of grey

So, we’re (nearly) off. Theresa May will serve the Article 50 notice very soon, prompting a fresh round of feverish speculation about the path of Brexit negotiations. One of our clients has referred to the Brexit process as ‘driving into fog at 80 miles...

Offices

Coffee shops are coworking spaces so why not monetise?

Walking past my local coffee shop on Brixton Hill on any weekday you would be forgiven for thinking it’s not already a coworking space. By 8am most mornings at least half of the tables are full of people on their own, with their laptops. I imagine this...

Law in London 2017

This time last year, our annual Law in London report highlighted an increasingly competitive environment for London law firms set against a backdrop of rising occupational costs. New challenges are now emerging; not least as a result of the momentous...

What’s happening with Scottish property?

The Scottish property market experienced a weak H2 last year, despite a robust performance in the industrial market.   Quarterly returns for Scottish commercial real estate rose to 1.4% in the final quarter of 2016, up from -2.2% in the third...

Retail

What’s happening with Scottish property?

The Scottish property market experienced a weak H2 last year, despite a robust performance in the industrial market.   Quarterly returns for Scottish commercial real estate rose to 1.4% in the final quarter of 2016, up from -2.2% in the third...

In retail always expect the unexpected

The announcement this morning that Tesco had agreed to buy the UK’s biggest food wholesale, Booker Group, in a £3.7bn deal, caught many by surprise. Booker is the UK’s largest cash and carry operator and will be best known to the public as the owners of...

Industrial

What’s happening with Scottish property?

The Scottish property market experienced a weak H2 last year, despite a robust performance in the industrial market.   Quarterly returns for Scottish commercial real estate rose to 1.4% in the final quarter of 2016, up from -2.2% in the third...

Sheds in the city: the future of urban logistics

Urban areas around the world are evolving rapidly as city logistics comes into play. This has in fact become the single largest disrupter to the logistics industry, creating a supply chain arms race, now that companies have started to use logistics real...

2017 Market Outlook: anything but boring

Christmas is nearly upon us, so we’ve just released our flagship Outlook report exploring the themes likely to face us in the year ahead. 2017 will be anything but boring, but I wonder whether in the rush to de-risk, investors and occupiers alike may...

Investment

What’s happening with Scottish property?

The Scottish property market experienced a weak H2 last year, despite a robust performance in the industrial market.   Quarterly returns for Scottish commercial real estate rose to 1.4% in the final quarter of 2016, up from -2.2% in the third...

Article 50: shades of grey

So, we’re (nearly) off. Theresa May will serve the Article 50 notice very soon, prompting a fresh round of feverish speculation about the path of Brexit negotiations. One of our clients has referred to the Brexit process as ‘driving into fog at 80 miles...