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New builds: Why you should not always agree to use a developer's solicitor

These days, a new build developer’s sales team will often push homebuyers into using a preferred conveyancing solicitor. On the surface, this might seem like a tempting proposition. After all, with so much admin involved in a house purchase, it takes...

NOT AS FAR AS I AM AWARE ... AM I COMMITTING MISREPRESENTATION?

During the course of a purchase it is no doubt that the buyer and their solicitor will want to know as much as possible about the property being sold. They will raise enquiries which you, as the seller, may not necessarily know the answers to. To assist in...

Leaps and boundaries

There is anecdotal evidence that boundary disputes have been on the rise during the pandemic, as we all spend more time at home. Will Oakes looks at why these disputes are so common, and how they can be resolved without court involvement Will Oakes is...

Start-ups: Why free legal document templates could cost you more

For business owners and entrepreneurs caught up in the chaos and excitement of launching a start-up , it’s easy to neglect parts of the business that aren’t immediately linked to sales and growth. With so many free templates out there for ...

Mandatory Vaccinations for Care Worker

There has been pages and pages of speculation in recent months regarding the Government’s and indeed employer’s approach to vaccinations and whether staff will be forced to have them. Indeed, I myself have kept a close eye on the topic and have...

Sleep-ins...The Final Nail in the Coffin!

Care providers up and down the country breathed a huge sigh of relief last Friday when the Supreme Court handed down the final judgment in the long running saga that is the Mencap sleep-ins case. This case brings to an end a legal issue which has been...

Residential Possession Proceedings- Where Are We Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging landscape for landlords seeking possession of their properties due to the numerous changes to notice periods and increasing court requirements to progress such claims. On 10 th March 2021 the government...

Employment Law Focus...Extensions here, there and everywhere

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered one of the most anticipated budgets in living memory, setting out the Government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead in these unprecedented times. We have set out below a brief summary of the main points...

What is a Priority Search and why are Ipswich Town Fans so excited to see one?

Ipswich Town Football Club’s fans are on the edge of their seats regarding the proposed takeover by an American Consortium. Could a simple conveyancing search keep fans hopes of the takeover alive? What is a priority search? A priority search is a...

95% Mortgage Guarantee - Budget 2021

The events of the last year had seen many mortgage lenders end their low-deposit products, with most only offering a maximum of 90% loan to value. The new Mortgage Guarantee scheme launched in the budget is designed to bring buyers with smaller deposits...

SDLT Holiday Extension

The budget announcement extending the SDLT Holiday past the original 31 st March deadline brought relief to many who had growing concerns that transactions were unlikely to complete in time. There will be a more tapered end to the new extension which...

The COVID-19 vaccine: can I sack staff who refuse to take it?

At a time when nothing seems predictable, every employment lawyer can predict with some confidence that the above will be the number 1 question they are going to face from employer clients in the coming months. I have lost count of the number of ...

Spring Budget 2021

The UK economy has suffered acute damage in the last 12 months resulting in the largest peacetime shrinking of the economy (10%) - with more than 700,000 people losing their jobs . A welcome relief, then, that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, introduced the...

Hospitality gets a tasty slice of Hospitality gets a tasty slice of budget help with VAT cut extension

With the long-rumoured extension to the 5% VAT rate confirmed in today’s budget, the Chancellor has set out the groundwork for what many are hoping will be a summer bounce back for the beleaguered hospitality and tourism industries. But will three...

Stamp Duty Holiday to be extended

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today extended the Stamp Duty Holiday until the end of June, which will line up with the easing of lockdown. It was feared many transactions would not make the old deadline set for 31 st March 2021, partly...

What does the furlough extension mean for the economy?

As widely expected, Rishi Sunak announced today that the furlough scheme in the UK has been extended until September 2021. This new date aligns with the earliest proposed timing for the lifting of final lockdown restrictions, as laid out by Boris...

Chancellor addresses Business Rates

Last years spring budget saw the ‘levelling up’ agenda promised by the Conservatives overruled by the emerging coronavirus situation. With the current restrictions still in place, this years budget was again influenced by the pandemic and the...

Corporation Tax

One of the headlines in the Budget today. Let’s start with the basics…. What is Corporation Tax, and who has to pay it? Corporation Tax is calculated as a percentage of profit and payable by all Limited companies in the UK. Certain...

Britney Spears' Conservatorship

In February 2021, Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, lost a bid for the right to delegate investment powers for the singer's estate, which was valued at £43 million in 2020.  The hearing was the latest in an ongoing legal battle that...

Historical Rent Charges

What is a Rent Charge? Rent Charges are obligations included in Title Deeds to make payment of an annual sum to a third party who has no interest in the property . Whilst the charge usually is for a minimal amount the effects on non-payment can be way...
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