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Former England Women's boss Mark Sampson reaches settlement with the Football Association

Mark Sampson was dismissed from his role back in September 2017 as a result of evidence emerging of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” with players in his previous managerial role at Bristol Academy. In response, Mr. Sampson brought a...

Don't forget Landlord's Consent before refurbishing your flat

If you are thinking of carrying out works to your flat you should first check whether landlord’s consent is required. If you don’t, you could be in breach of your lease and face action from your landlord. This short article highlights some of...

Housing Market Update

January is expected to be a quiet month. The property market as a whole is likely to slow down until after Brexit. London According to Rightmove, there were 19% fewer London properties which came onto the market in December 2018 compared to the year...

The Devil is in the Detail

A group  of flat owners' collective enfranchisement claim to acquire the freehold of a partially redeveloped block of flats in prime central London has failed in the High Court. The flat owners’ claim to acquire the freehold of a mixed-use...

Property Law Firm Attwells Solicitors Donates Christmas Gifts to Colchester General Hospital

Award winning property law firm Attwells Solicitors have donated a range of Christmas gifts to older patients who are in the Colchester General Hospital over Christmas. Local Colchester lad Lloyd Clarke, Senior Associate at Attwells Solicitors is a...

Award winning property law firm Attwells opening new office in Colchester to support its Essex staff members

Attwells Solicitors are set to open a new office in March 2019 in the former North Hill Surgery premises. The site in the town centre being left by the surgery will now see new and fresh investment by Attwells, in a real boost to the local economy. The new...

Sleep-in Guidance Update...Please Sir Can I Have Some More?

Last week, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published further guidance on the issue of sleep-ins, in their latest edition of 'National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, Calculating the Minimum Wage'. This...

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

Government publishes response on The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, expected to become law in 2020, which creates a statutory right to time off work for employed parents, with pay where certain eligibility requirements are met, following...

Hammond announces IR35 public sector changes will be extended to the private sector...

What will this mean and what can contractors do to survive? The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced in the autumn budget that off-payroll working rules (commonly referred to as ‘IR35’) will now also be applied to the private sector, with...

Reforms to the Residential Leasehold System

The Government is currently seeking views and consulting on the following proposals to the residential leasehold system: A ban on new leasehold houses excluding shared ownership A restriction on ground rents The proposed cap is £10 Improvements to...

Taylor Wimpey doubling ground rent fund

Attwells have the expertise needed to act on your behalf to deal with the doubling ground rent issue within Taylor Wimpey leases. Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest housing developers have set aside £130m for their Ground Rent Review...

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...
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