Real Estate Finance

Facilitating greater efficiency and standardisation in the Real Estate Finance market

Real Estate Finance

Facilitating greater efficiency and standardisation in the Real Estate Finance market

Real Estate Finance

Our aim in the REF sector is fivefold:

  1. to bring about increased efficiencies and standardisation in the European REF market via the publication of recommended forms of REF documentation;
  2. to highlight the legal and regulatory issues in the REF sector which have the potential to impact members working in this market;
  3. to discuss any challenges (legal or otherwise) affecting the REF market and to lobby key decision-makers, where necessary, in an attempt to bring about constructive change;
  4. to provide a series of dedicated events specifically aimed at participants working in the REF market, to assist them in furthering their knowledge of the sector generally and also in understanding our real estate documentation; and
  5. to consider ways to improve liquidity and facilitate investment in the REF sector, by encouraging new investors to the market.

Latest News

UK Supreme Court: Limits on landlords of blocks of flats and flat owners

In the case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd, the UK Supreme Court was asked to consider whether the landlord of a block of flats was entitled to grant a licence to a tenant to carry out works which, but for the licence, would have been in breach of a covenant in the relevant lease.

UK HM Land Registry issues temporary guidance in relation to identity verification and signature of deeds

The UK HM Land Registry has issued temporary changes to its guidance which are aimed at making it easier to verify a person’s identity and sign deeds for land registration purposes. The temporary changes to the guidance mean that identity verification can now be undertaken by a wider range of persons and may be conducted by video call.

REF Market Overview

This panel session led by John Coburn of Allen & Overy explores some of the latest market trends within the real estate finance market, including the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the increasing focus on sustainability within the market. The panel includes Arron Taggart, Head of UK Investment at Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP, Dr Ralf Verwiebe, Vice President at Helaba and Sharon Quinlan, Head of Corporate Real Estate at HSBC UK Plc.