The Chancery Lane Project - Real Estate: Built Environment event series

The Chancery Lane Project - Real Estate: Built Environment event series

Over the course of four weeks, Melissa Moore (Lexis®PSL Commercial Property) and  Zahra Ali (Lexis®PSL Corporate, Market Tracker), have been involved with other professionals in the Real Estate: Built Environment event series as part of The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP). 

TCLP involves a collaboration of lawyers and legal professional drafting and peer reviewing climate conscious contractual clauses which, once published, can be adopted into legal work and are available for free. As part of this, Clyde & Co Partner Andrew Wallis and Howard Kennedy Senior Associate Chirag Rao co-facilitated the Real Estate: Built Environment event series. They ran two Hackathons on 12 April 2021 and 19 April 2021, during which volunteer lawyers and legal professionals from different institutions came together to brainstorm ideas and develop clauses under three principal themes: 

  • Investment: Commercial and Residential (e.g. service charge provisions in leases)
  • Development (e.g.planning provisions in development agreement, construction obligations in a development agreement)
  • Lending (e.g. climate change disclosure in a CLLS certificate or CLLS wrapper)

Melissa and Zahra are part of the group working on drafting Tomas’ clause which is intended to serve as additional climate change disclosures to the City of London Law Society’s Certificate of Title (CLLS CoT), used in the acquisition and financing of all UK property from commercial to residential and freehold to leasehold. This was spotted as a point of development to provide more detailed provisions for disclosure of climate change risks, energy efficiency improvements and ‘green’ leasing to complement the CLLS CoT. Melissa has also been working on service charge and retrofit ‘green’ clauses. Draft proposals of these clauses were peer reviewed by lawyers and legal professionals involved on the 19 April 2021 Hackathon and again by TCLP, who provided further feedback to develop the clauses. Final drafts will be submitted to TCLP on the 10 May 2021. 

The clauses generated by the event will be published in TCLP’s Net Zero Toolkit and made available on TCLP’s website in the lead up to COP26, where they can be viewed and downloaded free of charge by all.

To find out more about the project, click through to their website here. To see how you or your colleagues might get involved, see here

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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.