6 April - Key Updates in Property Legislation

6 April - Key Updates in Property Legislation
londonSpring has finally sprung! It's that time of year when Mother Nature gives us new life and Westminster gives us plenty of new legislation! A number of property-related changes have/will come into effect this month and the key legislative updates are summarized below.


1. Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Relief) (Wales) Order 2015

Effective from: 1 April 2015

Business rates—reliefs- Wales

From 1 April 2015 relief is available for properties up to a maximum rateable value of £12,000 with different rateable values and percentages of relief applying for child care properties, post offices and retail premises.

This is subject to a temporary rate relief scheme which will run in Wales from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. The temporary scheme also applies to properties with a maximum rateable value of £12,000 with different rateable values and percentages of relief applying for child care properties and retail premises.

2. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Effective from: 6 April 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) govern the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects in the UK. CDM 2015 replace the current Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007).

CDM 2015 applies to both new and existing projects. In respect of the application of CDM 2015 to existing projects, where transitional provisions apply, see Practice Note: CDM 2015—transitional provisions (subscription required). This Practice Note examines in detail how CDM 2015 compares to CDM 2007.

For a summary of the differences, please see

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Melissa Moore is a dual qualified in England and Wales and South African lawyer and has 14 years’ experience in property practice in England. She has worked in local government and been a partner at a regional law firm and most recently an associate director at Berwin Leighton Paisner which she joined in 2005. Melissa has wide experience in all areas of property law and specializes in commercial real estate development. She has experience in a number of sectors including hotel, leisure, offices, investment, industrial, motorway service stations and funding. She has worked on large scale strategic developments and government funding initiatives, town centre regeneration schemes and private mixed use developments both for public sector and private developers and investment funds. In 2013 she was ranked by Legal 500 as recommended for local government work.