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Property and Construction outlook report

The results of this year's report show that in uncertain political and economic environment our respondents are wary of the outcome for the property and construction industry.

Brexit and UK economy

The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019, and begin to chart a new course in the world.
After a time-limited implementation period that is expected to conclude at the end of 2020, the UK and the EU will enter into a new relationship – one that must work for both sides,  underpinning shared prosperity and security.
In the next 12 months, which factor poses the most concern to your business? What type of Brexit do you prefer? 
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Is the tax system favourable for property developers and investors?

UK tax systems and government

Our respondents have highlighted again and unsurprisingly that the tax system is not favourable for property developers and investors. The property and construction industry is heavily taxed compared to many other OECD countries.

Impact of technology

In 2017 the Mayor of London set out his ambition for London to be the world leading smart city with digital technology and data at the heart of making London a better place to live, work and invest.

Which types of property are most likely to be impacted
by technological trends.
Which will be the next big thing to impact the property sector?
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National versus London

Findings from our survey, much like last year, show that the London market is still affected by low growth due to uncertainty and SDLT.

Which UK region offers the best outlook for investment over 
the next 12 months?
Which part of the South East
will benefit most from Crossrail?
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British beyond border

The majority of our respondents operate UK only businesses and 91% had no intention of overseas expansion in the next 12 months. There were a variety of reasons including tax burden as a reason for not investing in mainland Europe by the majority of respondents.

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Our specialists can draw on many years' experience to help you navigate the changing landscape, mitigate risk and achieve objectives.

Our property and construction team

The property and construction industry has long been an indicator of the health of the UK. 

While the UK remains an attractive areas for investment, the industry is changing. Businesses face new challenges including financing, imbalance in the market, and fallout from Brexit. Over recent years, the pressure from rising complexity and levels of taxes has become and added burden.

Property and Construction outlook report

View the results of this year's report
featuring the articles above.
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The future of London property event

As Brexit terms are negotiated with uncertainty surrounding them, how will the government ensure favourable terms for the industry, to maintain London's position as an international property hotspot. Join our seminar on 14 November 2018.

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How we can help
Our clients are many and varied. They include listed and privately owned businesses, limited partnerships, sole traders, fund agents and international groups engaged in but not limited to:

  • property investment
  • property development
  • property trading
  • the hotel industry
  • construction.

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Caroline Fleet
Caroline Fleet
Partner, Head of Real Estate