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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...

Chancellor serves up discount meals and cuts VAT for the struggling hospitality sector

It’s an anxious time for bar, restaurant and café owners , but the recent mini-budget has offered a lifeline, as part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £30bn plan to get the economy back on its feet in the wake of Covid-19.   ...

How Does the Stamp Duty Holiday Work?

The Stamp Duty temporary reduction, dubbed a ‘holiday’ by the media, was amongst the various measures laid out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his mini budget. In the awake of Covid-19 many housing market observers have suggested a stamp duty...

Mini-Budget 2020: Green economy plan offers grants for landlords and homeowners

There was a noticeable green tint to the 2020 summer mini-budget, with £3bn announced to boost the UK’s energy efficiency. Much of which will take the form of incentives designed to tempt homeowners and landlords into making eco-friendly home...

Planning to moving to your Forever Home?

When deciding to move to your forever home there are many aspects to consider.  In this blog we aim to offer you practical advice concerning the most common.  At Attwells Solicitors we can help you move into your next home quicker. We...

Sunak's Mighty Mini Budget - The Summary

With Wednesday’s unveiling of a £30bn package designed to protect, support and create jobs, get customers into bars and restaurants, and stimulate the housing market , Rishi Sunak has once again shown his bold commitment to our economy.   ...

Attwells very own sewing superstar

For many people furlough gave the opportunity to diversify from their usual daily routines and turn their hand to new skills and charitable causes. Whilst away from the day to day of her role as a Conveyancer at the Ipswich office of Attwells Solicitors ,...

Legal Support for Estate Agents - a New Approach

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Legal Support for Estate Agents – a New Approach  Aside from the obvious health crisis, the current pandemic is proving difficult for...

Advice for commercial landlords during the Coronavirus

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to have a profound and difficult effect on our high streets, UK commercial landlords are finding themselves in increasingly challenging and unchartered waters. With the prospect of disruption continuing for months,...

Rental Arrears and COVID-19: What options are available to landlords?

Back in March, as COVID-19 started to seriously impact the UK, the government unveiled a package of measures designed to protect commercial and residential tenants. Now, three months on, as we dip our toes back into a ‘new normal’, the ...

Why cryptocurrency investors should make a Will

Whether you have a major stake in Cryptocurrency, or you are just dabbling with the relatively new concept of cash, you should ensure you have thought over what you would like to happen to your investment when you die. Not only should you think about who you...

Can I Still Make a Will with Social Distancing?

This is a difficult time that we are going through.  Not being able to meet up with family and friends being the worst, however, it has also given people the time to think about the future and to deal with matters that they have put off as they...

Change of Use

As we prepare to transition into a ‘new normal’ arguably more businesses will seek an online solution. It is likely more businesses will adopt a hybrid of home workers and office-based staff. With others viewing this outbreak as a turning point...
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