March 14

My MIPIM 2015 posts – all together now.

Day 1 – Memories Just a single glance at the overstuffed diary makes me feel a little anxious. I work out that this is my 19th MIPIM, and that we were in another century when I first started my annual pilgrimage to the Croisette. Things were very different back then in 1996, when my target […]

Using your home as a film set – My piece for The Times

Your property as a film location: legal issues by Nicky Richmond on 30th October 2014 for The Times Owners of unusual or historic disused buildings have a chance to cash in, but what should they do to stay protected? Talk in the village is that the owners of the disused Watlington Station in Oxfordshire were […]

Guest Post from Rabbi Jeremy Rosen

Who is right to hate us? The Palestinian conflict and the way it is perceived throughout Europe and in parts of the USA has put paid to this false messiah of normality once and for all. Even normal, secular, music-loving, technologically self-sufficient Jews are regarded as evil, in league with the devil. No humane human […]

An Englishman’s home is his castle: developing historic property

Nicky Richmond comments on historic property in a double-page feature for Property Investor News An Englishman’s home is in his castle. So said Richard Mulcaster, headmaster of Merchant Taylors School who, in his 1581 work on parental discipline, the gloriously titled ‘positions, which are necessary for the training up of children’, made the following statement: […]

Mansion Tax: A nightmare on Great George Street

  Rather than benefit the working majority, a mansion tax could, in fact, do the opposite, says Tony Hennessey… Imagine for a moment that it is June 2015. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls, is sitting at his desk in the Treasury, reflecting on all that has happened in the tumultuous six weeks since […]

Making a mint: Property investment lessons from the Crown Estate

What can property investors learn from the Crown Estate’s remarkable success, asks Nicky Richmond… The Crown Estate recently won another crown – that of Property Company of the Year 2012. With profits at 5.2% to £252.6 million and a total return of 11.3%, against an industry benchmark of 9.9%, you can begin to see why. Whilst […]

Brownfield sites: why are so many undeveloped?

Whether a site is suitable for housing development will always come down to its location and other site-specific issues. Much has been written in recent years about Britain’s so-called housing crisis – yet millions of acres of brownfield sites across the UK remain undeveloped. Is this a wasted opportunity, or are there other reasons why […]