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How to make sense of the chaos and confusion when buying or selling holdings in the UK residential property market

Purchasing a property in the UK can be complex and confusing, particularly if you are purchasing from overseas. Residential property in the UK has arguably been under attack for at least 10 years. This started in 2012 when the Government found that by using...

Tenant fails to satisfy break clause in latest court ruling

The High Court has recently ruled that a tenant’s attempt to exercise a break clause within their contract was unlawful. The case was centred around a tenant’s break clause contained in a 24 year lease of a three-storey commercial unit. This...

Moving During COVID - The COVID Clauses

What are Covid Clauses and why you might be seeing more of these? With Covid cases still on the rise and with the threats of a stricter lockdown, where does this leave conveyancing transactions? A Covid clause can be inserted into the standard conveyancing...

Furlough: Your Questions Answered

With the escalation of the lockdown measures and the still vague future we find ourselves in, whether you’re an employee expecting to be furloughed or an employer questioning whether to furlough your staff, needing to be up to date on the information...

Can I still move during lockdown?

The current position as published on the Government website is that you can still move, however people outside of your household or support bubble should not help you move home unless it is absolutely necessary. They go on to state that ‘Estate and...

Get your will in place for 2021

Have you made a will ? If the answer is no, then you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority. According to statistics, 60% of people in the UK don’t have a will, and of those that do, only 29% consider it up to date with their...

Mental Health & Wellbeing at Attwells:Support and Guidance for our Staff and Clients

With everything that has happened in 2020 with the Covid-19 pandemic and significant changes to our every day lives, the focus on our mental health and wellbeing is now perhaps more important than it has ever been. Mental Health First Aid England have...

What powers do commercial landlords have for reclaiming arrears during COVID?

With a second national lockdown currently underway, commercial landlords are facing challenging circumstances. Since the government’s temporary measures to protect commercial tenants from eviction and Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) were...

Developers and Restrictive Covenants

The Supreme Court has recently sent a warning to developers who knowingly breach restrictions on land where there are other options available. In this case the developer owned a plot of undeveloped land which had a restriction for it only to be used...

How to resolve a business disputes

Reputation is something that money cannot buy, and is one of the most important aspects of any business. A good reputation can take years to build and only moments to destroy. This is why, it is critical to handle any business disputes correctly. It is...

What are Landlords options for dealing with rental arrears during the pandemic?

With recent data suggesting around one in every 12 tenants has fallen behind on rent this year, many landlords will be feeling the strain in their own pockets. But with various legislation, lockdowns and tier systems limiting the usual rights...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended and Job Support Scheme Postponed - 5 Need to Knows for Employers

On Saturday, in conjunction with the PM's announcement that England would enter into a second 'lockdown' with effect from 5th November, the Treasury announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which was due to come to an end that...

What is an EWS1 Form?

An EWS1 form is an external wall fire review. Essentially it is a survey that was created to ensure blocks of flats were not built with combustible materials such as cladding or insulation. The EWS1 form was intended to prevent tragedies such as the ...

When do collective redundancy guidelines apply?

Taking the decision to make staff redundant is never easy. Especially when circumstances rather than preference dictates. Unfortunately, in the current climate, more and more businesses are being faced with the realisation that streamlining and reducing...

Collective redundancy in practice

With the ongoing pandemic affecting businesses, and the furlough scheme rolling to a close, redundancy is becoming an unfortunate necessity for many organisations of all shapes and sizes.  When an employer is looking to dismiss 20 or more staff at...

Are property auctions just for investors and developers?

Absolutely not, and with the right planning and advice the average homebuyer can snap up a bargain. However, it’s important you are prepared for the ins and outs of the auction process and understand the financial commitment you’re taking on...

Mortgage Borrowing Post Pandemic

The world of mortgage lending has always had to adapt to changes in society. In 2008 the credit crunch turned the world of lending on its head as property prices slumped and many borrowers were left in negative equity. The impact of this squeeze was a much...

Bargains at Auctions... Too Good to be True?

There are several advantages of buying a property at auction . Especially when you’ve found the prefect property. It’s in good enough condition, in a great location and the searches seem clear.  In that scenario it almost seems pointless...

Should I transfer property ownership to a limited company?

With the Stamp Duty Land Tax Duty holiday announced by the Treasury in early July, now is a great time to invest in a buy-to-let property . However, with tax relief laws now more stringent for private landlords , how can you maximise your return on...

Chancellor aims to prevent long term youth unemployment

With many sectors of society facing the kind of pressure most people haven’t seen in living memory, the treasury has unveiled a number of measures designed to help the economy bounce back.  Before the announced budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak...
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