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Stiles Harold Williams is an independent property advisory business with specialists in many aspects of commercial and residential property. From offices in London and the south east we serve our clients across the UK, striving to provide the right answers to their property needs and making property work for their benefit.


  • STOP PRESS: New Industrial Park being built in South East!

  • 25 April 2017
  • Following much comment in SHW News about the lack of new industrial capacity in the South East we bring good news – the breaking of ground at Eastside Business Park, Newhaven. Following the recent receipt of planning consent for the development of phase 1 comprising two blocks of 12,000 sq ft each, works have commenced on this exciting new speculative development by Westcott Leach Ltd. Piling has already been carried out with the concrete pour at the Beach Road site this week. Anticipated completion of the first phase is January 2018. Each block will be capable of subdivision into smaller units which will be let in a shell condition. Letting agents SHW in conjunction with Hunt Commercial report a significant number of enquiries already for this new development attracted by the first new development in Newhaven for a number of years. It is anticipated that the first phase will be fully let by completion of the building works.
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  • Charities selling property need to get surveyor’s report before marketing starts

  • 25 April 2017
  • Charities wishing to dispose of land and/or buildings have to comply with the requirements of the 2011 Charities Act and, unless the disposal is one of the few exceptions, requires a Surveyors Report confirming the provisions of the Act have been complied with and the terms of the disposal are in the Trustees’ best interest. Some things to consider: • The 2011 Charities Act applies where charity land and buildings, whether freehold or leasehold, are conveyed, transferred, leased or otherwise disposed of. • If your charity is contemplating the sale of a property, you must first establish whether the proposed sale is one to which the Charities Act applies. To do this you should consult your solicitor as soon as possible. • Furthermore, if it does apply, you will not be able to exchange contracts unless you have obtained an order of the Charities Commission or a qualified Surveyor’s Report. • It is recommended that a qualified surveyor is instructed as soon as possible and certainly before the property is marketed. However, you do not necessarily have to instruct a qualified surveyor to carry out the marketing of the property, for example in the case of a house where a local estate agent would be able to sell it, but would not be qualified to provide the Surveyor’s Report for the purposes of the Act. Quite often this requirement is overlooked until a sale is at the point of exchange of contracts when solicitors will raise the requirement for a Surveyors Report. Proceeding without the report has significant consequences. In the case of Bayoumi v. Women’s Total Abstinence Educational Union (2003) the courts held that where a charity disposing of land fails to comply with the procedure set out in the Act, before exchange of contracts, then the contract will be void - neither seller nor buyer can enforce the contract.
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  • Company Secretariat & PSC Legislation – helping you stay compliant

  • 24 April 2017
  • A year ago (6th April 2016) the Department for Business Innovation & Skills introduced new legislation requiring most UK firms to identify and record the people who own or control their company - known as Persons of Significant Influence & Control (PSC). This has been launched to help increase transparency and support law enforcement agencies in money laundering investigations. Residential management companies are also required to comply and report, and the SHW Company Secretariat can help you stay compliant in this matter. What constitutes a PSC? A PSC is a person who: i) Holds more than 25% of the Shares in your company ii) Holds more than 25% of the Voting Rights in your company iii) Holds the right to appoint or remove the majority of directors Additionally, but less likely iv) Has the right to exercise, or actually exercises significant influence or control over your company v) Has the right to exercise, or actually exercises significant influence or control over the activities of a trust or a firm, which in turn would satisfy any of the first four conditions if it were a person
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  • Ford Industrial Estate – before and after: BCD case study

  • 24 April 2017
  • Background: SHW have been instructed to carry out various services at this West Sussex estate on behalf of the freeholder. These include dilapidations matters unit refurbishments lease renewal and agency. Challenge: Following liquidation of the previous tenant’s business, the landlord was left with significant catering debris, pests and a double unit in poor condition, including substantial grease deposits on all internal surfaces, among other issues. The refurbishment also needed to factor in the requirements of a new tenant who already occupied neighbouring units.
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