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'Aspirational' report on future of Scottish housing highlights existing policy weaknesses, says expert

The amount of development land going through the Scottish planning system should be doubled by 2016 as part of a package of measures to increase the country's "inadequate and elastic" supply of housing, according to an industry report. 05 Aug 2014

Supreme Court: pre-Jackson litigation costs recovery regime may have breached human rights law

The pre-2013 litigation costs recovery regime, under which successful parties to civil cases in the English courts could claim "disproportionate" conditional fee agreement (CFA) success fees and after the event legal expenses (ATE) insurance premiums from... 29 Jul 2014

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UK government sets out long-awaited energy efficiency standards for new property rentals

Landlords in England would have to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties to at least an 'E'-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standard before they could let them out under plans put forward for consultation by the UK government. 25 Jul 2014

UK government consults on stamp duty land tax relief on properties purchased by investment funds

Relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT) could be limited to larger transactions under proposals being considered by the UK government. 23 Jul 2014

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