Latest News

Attwells Solicitors voted best conveyancers in Suffolk by clients in recent property awards

Attwells Solicitors were voted the best in county for conveyancing in last week’s annual ESTAS Conveyancer Awards ceremony, hosted by Channel 4 Presenter Phil Spencer. The ESTAS Customer Service Awards for 2018 is the leading awards in the UK...

Property Agent Regulations for Client Money

Recently the Client Money Protection Schemes for Property Agents Regulations came into force.  The purpose of the Regulations is to give landlords and tenants confidence that their money is safe when being held by an agent and to make client money...

Non Reliance Clauses still subject to Misrepresentation

A recent Court of Appeal decision identified that although a non-reliance statement making it clear that a party is not liable for misrepresentation may prevent a contractual claim this does not prevent a misrepresentation claim.  To do otherwise would...

Overseas Company Ownership

If you own UK property through a company registered overseas then the Government is proposing that a new Bill is brought into law from 2021 which is expected to include the following:- All overseas legal entities that can hold UK property will be required...

Letting Agent Compliance Reminder

A ‘How to Rent Guide’ must be given to the tenant when they take up a tenancy.  However, this Guide has been updated many times and the most recent version must be given to a tenant.  The latest edition is dated 9 July 2018. Section...

The importance of clear, unambiguous drafting of overage payments

The term ‘overage’ refers to an increase in value of a property either during or after the sale subject to certain ‘trigger events’. The classic example is for a developer to buy a plot of land, following which, the developer will...

England House Price Index for July 2018 (published 19 September 2018) - Full Report

The Government has today published the latest HPI, with mixed news for owner occupiers and some disappointing headlines for estate agents. The latest HPI reveals that the average price of a property in England was £248,611, with an annual change of...

HMRC's Social Care Compliance Scheme Employer Guide September 2018...A Little Clarity...Finally!!

HMRC this week published their much anticipated Social Care Compliance Scheme Employer Guide. This guide builds upon the previous update from HMRC in August 2018 which was released subsequent to the Court of Appeal’s (‘ CA ’) judgment on...

Ubbi V Ubbi - The importance of keeping your will up to date

In August 2018 an inheritance case made the headlines when a man’s £3.5m estate was brought into question after his death. The case highlighted the importance of updating your will after important life events. Life is full of twists and turns...

What happens when the romance fades?

Practical advice for couples thinking of living together. Serena, Private Client legal advisor explains why it’s important to think about the ‘what ifs’ before you move in. An estimated 4 million couples co-habit, many couples live happily...

Business rates and liability

The basic position on business rates is that the person liable to pay business rates on an unoccupied property is the person entitled to possession of that property. Empty shops and offices receive 100% exemption from rates for three months. If the...

Overage agreements: take care

A recent Court of Appeal decision considered whether or not an overage payment is triggered and is a good reminder of the importance of getting your drafting right. In this case an overage payment was due on prior approval being obtained under the permitted...

Land Registry Changes to combat fraud

Recently the Law Commission has published a draft Bill to update the Land Registration Act 2002 to help combat fraud. The Law Commission is setting out steps that conveyancers must take in order to verify the identity of their clients.  Failure to do...

Overseas ownership of UK land ownership

The Government has recently published a draft Bill which will require overseas entities wishing to own UK land to take steps to register the underlying beneficial ownership with Companies House. This step is aimed at combating money laundering. Sanctions...

Improving the enfranchisement of houses

The Law Commission has recently outlined proposals to improve the enfranchisement process for leaseholders of houses. Proposals include: A single set of criteria for enfranchisement of houses and flats and no financial limits Allowing leaseholders on an...

Estate Agents be Warned! Trading Standards to Increase Enforcement against Agents

The Government has recently announced that funding for the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) will be doubled. The increased funding brings significant new responsibilities for the NTSEAT including policing the ongoing dispute with...

New build properties in Suffolk

New build properties in Suffolk have been highlighted by the local authority as having not been built in accordance with the details specified in the planning permission. Although a development may have planning permission, there are often numerous...

News from our correspondent on the ground in St. John's Wood

This month in London we have gone from endless sun and sizzle to endless drizzle; much to the dismay of the hundreds of cricket fans who hover in the pubs and bars outside the Office waiting to head into Lords Cricket Ground. The conveyancing department...

Who's who? - Daniela

In this edition we take a look at none other than London Private Client Dynamo – Daniela who celebrated, and let us for a moment remove our hats – a DISTINCTION in the LPC in July and has now started her training contract. We cannot improve on...

HMRC's Social Care Compliance Scheme Update...Questions Remain Unanswered!

As Care Providers are sure to be aware, The long-awaited Court of Appeal Judgment on sleep-ins, published just last month, ruled that sleep in staff were working only when ' awake for the purposes of working ', thereby delivering a welcome boost to...
  • Page 2 of 19