The ownership of land held within the public sector can be subject to change and uncertainty as a result of legislative updates.
Carter Jonas’s public sector experts can advise on specific statutory changes and their implications for property, and we can also consult on and negotiate statutory transfers.
When new legislation is introduced, which alters the land holdings of the public sector, there is a requirement to transfer the freehold interest of land and property to the authority responsible for delivering the service. Carter Jonas can assist with this process, by verifying the land to be transferred, identifying any other interests affecting the property, and identifying where any reserved rights for the transferor are required.
We have experience of working with local authorities in connection with academy transfers and transfers of school sites in relation to a change to foundation status. We are familiar with the complexities of such matters and have worked closely within the public sector governance procedures to complete the transfers.