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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...

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...

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...

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...

Why the need for Searches?
Why the need for Searches?

Making sure that there are no defects in the legal title to your property is extremely important but there may be details about the property that you may be unaware of. This is why there is a...

Government ‘Call for Evidence’ on conveyancing Procedure
Government ‘Call for Evidence’ on conveyancing Procedure

The Government has launched a ‘Call for Evidence’, requesting views on ways to improve the property buying and selling process. The Government has stated that it is committed to...

Renting V Buying
Renting V Buying

As house prices are at a high, generation rent is becoming more apparent. The greatest challenge for renters wanting to get themselves on the property ladder is saving for a deposit whilst paying...

Find a Solicitor – Perhaps not all it seems to be!
Find a Solicitor – Perhaps not all it seems to be!

At the outset of any conveyancing transaction, Solicitors will routinely undertake a check that the firm acting for the other side are registered with the Law Society using its “Find a...

Proposal to outlaw the sale of new build leasehold houses
Proposal to outlaw the sale of new build leasehold houses

Following on from the government’s Housing White Paper issued in February 2017 which highlighted the government’s aim to improve consumer choice in the leasehold sector and to consult...

The abolition of leasehold new build houses?
The abolition of leasehold new build houses?

You may recall the commitment made in the Housing White Paper and further in the Queen’s Speech to “consult and look to take action to promote transparency and fairness for leaseholders....