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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Retail Parks and the “People Still Shop in Shops” Shocker…!

On a bright, crisp and cold spring morning in March I was delighted to bear witness to that heartening and serene sight.  The faltering, blinking emergence into the world of a fresh retail park scheme.  The car park chaos, the meandering swarms of curious consumers and the reassuring thrum of contactless technology ushering pounds and pence onto balance sheets of happy retailers.

On this occasion the happy retailers were Home Bargains and Aldi on the Manse development of the former Rolls Royce plant in East Kilbride (a scheme in which Burness Paull had significant involvem

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Battersea Power Station – retail and leisure reimagined – Q&A with Iain Miller

1. Tell us about your role at Battersea Power Station.

Before returning to Burness Paull in Aberdeen, I was the Senior Construction Lawyer for Battersea Power Station Development Company Limited - the development manager for the consortium redeveloping the Grade II* listed former Power Station and the wider forty-two acre site.  I was involved in all live phases of the development with specific responsibility for Phase 2 (the redevelopment of the Power Station itself) advising on all construction elements, including retail and leisure leasing.
 
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The modern forecourt - fuelled by convenience

In contrast to the well-documented downfall of retail brands such as House of Fraser, HMV and Debenhams, there is one section of the retail market which seems to be thriving. And that’s the petrol retail sector.

Over the last decade major petrol stations have transformed into food service outlets and even complete supermarkets or fast food outlets. Indeed, in a report towards the end of last year, Shell reported that one in every three transactions at its service stations doesn’t include a fuel purchase at all.

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