What happens when you build without planning permission?

A recent case in north London saw a property barrister get to keep his new rear extension, despite having no planning consent to speak of; so does this create flexibility around permission, and has the system been undermined? Eleanor Grindley warns that others may not be so lucky…

Dealing With Disputes: The case for mediation

It is startling how eager developers, contractors and joint venture partners are to take each other to court, even when there are initiatives designed to encourage them to seek alternative resolutions, says Michael Gallucci