A simple truth.

Whilst listening  to an episode of This American Life, the brilliant podcast hosted by Ira Glass, I came across this at the end of one of the stories. It was science fiction author Piers Anthony author’s note, from his book Fractal Mode. “One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us […]

March 16

PDR update: the devil is in the detail

In an article late last year (PDR extension brings confusion, EG, 28 November 2015) I noted that, while the government had, with one hand, given developers their much-longed-for gift of an extension of permitted development rights, the detail around the change in legislation was somewhat sketchy. This meant that the May deadline for completion of […]

November 28

PDR extension brings confusion

Making office-to-residential permitted development rights permanent creates fresh uncertainty for lenders and insurers Written by Nicky Richmond for Estates Gazette Developers up and down the land were breathing a sigh of relief after the announcement on 13 October 2015 of the government’s intention to extend office-to-residential permitted development rights. Insurers, meanwhile, were not quite so quick […]

October 26

How to draw in the suits

Written by Nicky Richmond on 26 October 2015 for Hospitality & Catering News. The lunchtime trade is alive and flourishing in cities – not just London – and towns across the UK. But not every restaurant, despite its location, attracts the lunchtime ‘suits’. Here, Nicky Richmond of Brecher Solicitors provides some key guidance to trading […]

May 12

What do you mean I don’t need planning permission?

Written by Nicky Richmond on 12th May 2015 for Property Portfolio Investor In the labyrinthine world of planning laws, there are certain provisions which allow you to change the use of the building without having to apply for planning permission. These are known as permitted development rights. You may have come across them in the context […]

Whose small, unpeopled life is it anyway?

There I was, happily reading India Knight’s superior self-help book, In Your Prime, packed full of sensible advice as to how to deal with the some of the particular issues that might beset a middle-aged woman,  when I came across some sentences which made me sit up. After writing about how dull (the author assumes) […]

Sleep. Easy.

“To sleep, perchance to dream –ay,  there’s the rub.” Actually, dreaming wasn’t the problem so much as staying asleep, once I’d managed to actually nod off. I’m not sure when my sleep problems started; probably in my thirties when work started to be particularly stressful and I couldn’t find the off button. Before that I […]