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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....

Sinkholes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Sinkholes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

What do buyers consider when buying a home? It is often:- is it affordable, is it big enough, is there a good school nearby, what are the transports links…? However, very few buyers will...

Legally Speaking - Part 6
Legally Speaking - Part 6

I’m going to start off by saying a big thank you to everyone that has come into our legal clinics over the last month. They are now very well attended and we have had some great feedback from...

New Permitted Development Rights – Light Industrial Use to Residential Use
New Permitted Development Rights – Light Industrial Use to Residential Use

Recent years have seen the introduction of a number of new permitted development rights, in particular for the change of use of buildings to dwellings in an effort to boost housing. To date, these...

SDTL First Time Buyer’s Relief
SDTL First Time Buyer’s Relief

It was announced as part of the Autumn 2017 Budget, that as of 22 November 2017, first time buyers paying £300,000 or less for a residential property will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax...

The November 2017 Budget: the key points
The November 2017 Budget: the key points

On the 22th November 2017, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his second budget of the calendar year. Here are the key points: Growth • The forecast for growth in...