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Landlords – don’t get caught out by the new EPC regulations
Landlords – don’t get caught out by the new EPC regulations

1st April 2018 sees the start of new minimum requirements for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for both commercial and residential landlords. These requirements are set out in the Minimum...

What is Japanese Knotweed?
What is Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed was introduced to Britain by the Victorians who thought it would be a pretty addition to the herbaceous border, however, the plant can destroy foundations and crack buildings,...

Power of Attorney refund scheme
Power of Attorney refund scheme

Last year the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) announced they will be rolling out a refund scheme for anyone that registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between the 1 April 2013 and 31...

Beware of the ‘Ransom Strips’
Beware of the ‘Ransom Strips’

A man’s castle may be his home but a siege mentality can seep in if someone else owns the drawbridge. What is a ransom strip? A ransom strip is quite simply a piece of land, no larger...

‘Bank of Mum & Dad’ – To gift, or, not to gift...
‘Bank of Mum & Dad’ – To gift, or, not to gift...

Most of us, at some point in our lives, have had to call upon the good will of our parents to ‘bail us out’….I know I certainly have at least once or twice in my younger years!...

Are the costs of lease extensions about to be cut?
Are the costs of lease extensions about to be cut?

A landmark legal challenge with the Court of Appeal is due to be heard on Tuesday this week and, if successful, then the case could also benefit 2m households across England and Wales - with the...

Anti Money Laundering in 2018
Anti Money Laundering in 2018

As we head into the New Year with enthusiasm, and look forward to our yearly compliance testing, The Law Society has already begun drafting amendments to the AML regulations. The Risk and...

Legally Speaking - Part 8
Legally Speaking - Part 8

The New Year is one of my favourite times of the whole year. When we reach the shortest day on 21st December I start to think about the longer evenings and, by the end of this month, I may even get...

The Law Commission’s Programme of Reform
The Law Commission’s Programme of Reform

Following a consultation, the Law Commission has set out its plans for the next three years to explore areas of law which require reform including residential leasehold, chancel repair liability and...

Legally Speaking - Part 7
Legally Speaking - Part 7

One of the pleasures of progressing in my career has been to teach others and encourage the younger generation. It is a double-edged sword as these days it makes me realise how fast time is passing....