Blogs

24 May 2019

Some of the leading home builders have recently been under scrutiny and investigation due to concerns regarding safety and poor quality. Whilst home buyers are given the comfort of certification that their home will meet the legal standards laid down by Building Regulations, together with a new home (structural) guarantee, reports show that there has […]

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17 May 2019

It has been almost a year since we were all overloaded with the surge of information surrounding the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), together with the hundreds of emails requesting us to opt in and consent to our data being processed by various different organisations. But one year on, is your business compliant with GDPR? […]

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10 May 2019

We often receive enquiries asking us how they can avoid paying for care or avoid having to sell their house in later life should they or a partner need to be looked after in a care home. Often these enquiries are fuelled by stories in the press or following discussions with friends.  In this blog […]

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03 May 2019

On 1 April 2019 the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) introduced a Professional Statement for its members that it hopes will encourage landlords and managing agents to provide a more transparent and up front service providing clarity, certainty and protection for businesses from hidden costs. The Professional Statement follows growing concerns in relation to […]

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26 April 2019

Last week the government announced plans to make it harder for landlords to evict tenants by changing the legal process.  It proposes abolishing the use of section 21 notices – a huge change to the private rental sector and much to the dismay of many landlords. As you may or may not know, section 21 […]

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05 April 2019

Can a letter of instruction be a legally binding contract? The established principles relating to the formation of a contract are well known. In order for there to be a valid contract there must be (1) an offer, (2) acceptance of that offer, and (3) consideration. An offer can be made expressly by conduct or […]

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29 March 2019

As reported by us in November last year, a rise in probate application fees has been proposed. Now it seems likely that the government will be introducing the rise in the coming weeks or months (the exact date is yet to be confirmed). By way of a re-cap, in order to apply for a grant […]

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22 March 2019

It is a sad fact, but a reality, that fraud pervades our society.  Criminals are constantly looking for new scams and schemes.  In recent years, property fraud has been on the increase and scammers are more sophisticated than ever before.  It is a frightening statistic that data from Home Owners Alliance property found that, in […]

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15 March 2019

Although spring is officially with us, the recent stormy weather, or perhaps the Brexit overload, is leading many of us to reach for our mobile device and book a holiday to escape. As has been widely reported, the holiday market has changed rapidly in recent years.  One catalyst for the change has been brought about […]

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08 March 2019

Ok, that’s not quite true. But bear with me. With some sort of Brexit (we are told) on the horizon, there have been questions raised – in some quarters – over the suitability of English law as the ‘default’ choice of law for commercial contracts in many different markets and business sectors. But whether you […]

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01 March 2019

Earlier this month “UK Finance” reported that 2018 saw a 12 year high in the number of first time buyers. Part of this rise will be as a result of the government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme and it is leasehold properties that most first time buyers will be purchasing. Typically flats are owned in this […]

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21 February 2019

Our contentious probate team achieved success for the Claimant by persuading the High Court to exclude the effect of the forfeiture rule in relation to assets she held jointly with her husband and her interest in his estate (of which she was the sole beneficiary). Mr Ninian made the agonising decision that he wanted to […]

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15 February 2019

If you are a party to a commercial dispute, a recent decision by the Court of Appeal could affect the documents that can be inspected by your opponent. As you may know, if you are a party to a dispute, you have a duty to the court to disclose all documents relating to that dispute, […]

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08 February 2019

At the time of signing your Will, the executors should have mental capacity, but what happens if one or all of your executors lose mental capacity either before or after your death? The answer is complicated and will depend on when mental capacity was lost, how many executors were appointed and whether in addition to […]

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01 February 2019

Equity release loans, or lifetime mortgages as they are often known, allow homeowners over 55 to borrow against the equity in their home during their lifetime, but with the mortgage payable on death.  This can release cash, whether a lump sum, regular sums, or both, at a time when the homeowner needs it most. These […]

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25 January 2019

Part two: Changes in 2020 In this second part of our look ahead at employment law changes, we focus on changes in the pipeline for 2020 that businesses need to be considering and planning for this year. Changes to IR35 IR35 is tax legislation that was introduced in 2000 and is aimed at combating tax […]

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18 January 2019

Part One: Changes in 2019 Happy New Year to all our readers! Last year, GDPR and Brexit dominated the employment landscape.  While Brexit will continue to dominate this year, there are a number of small but important changes about which HR and senior managers should be aware. There are also a number of significant changes […]

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11 January 2019

Although perhaps not the most active year in the property world, 2018 did provide announcements of future changes for this and coming years. House Prices House prices grew at the slowest rate in almost six years, with prices in London falling by 0.3% to the year ending September 2018.  The uncertainty caused by the ongoing […]

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04 January 2019

It is generally known that newly-weds need to update their Wills, as any existing Will (unless made in ‘contemplation of marriage’) is automatically revoked upon marriage, and is no longer valid. However, what is the situation if you divorce or separate? Divorce The position can be complicated. If the marriage has ended by a Court […]

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28 December 2018

A review of our blogs for 2018 reveals that despite the focus on Brexit (more on that later) the year has been a busy one, legally speaking.  Below is a reminder of some of the topics we have covered. In the employment world the Harvey Weinstein scandal highlighted the importance of sexual discrimination laws, but […]

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21 December 2018

Every year many flat owners face an unwanted Christmas present in the form of a service charge demand.  For tenants who adhere to the “usual quarter dates”, a service charge will be due on the 25th December.  It’s not surprising therefore that this time of the year will typically see an increase in service charge […]

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14 December 2018

With the Christmas holidays and New Year soon upon us, it isn’t unusual for some of us to start thinking of using the time off to refresh and decorate our homes or even make New Year’s resolutions to carry out more comprehensive home improvements in 2019. If you own the freehold of your house then, […]

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07 December 2018

‘Tiz the season to be jolly fa la la la la…. we are fast approaching that festive time of year again when we all tend to over indulge a little too much (and I for one am looking forward to a bit of that). A part of this over indulgence takes the form of the […]

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30 November 2018

Perhaps masked by the Brexit ‘excitement’, the recent announcement by the Government to re-introduce what has been previously dubbed a “death tax” appears to have gone largely unnoticed.  As previously reported  last year’s attempted introduction of the new probate fees, payable when the application for a Grant is made,  was cancelled following a public uproar. […]

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23 November 2018

The property market is slowing down, with the number of properties on the market at a record low.  This is partly due to the uncertainties over Brexit and other economic conditions causing people to hesitate. The length of time it takes to buy and sell properties is also increasing. In response, the Government is considering […]

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16 November 2018

Employment law is designed to protect employees from harassment at work, particularly where there has been discrimination based on protected characteristics such as race or disability. In a recent case (Evans v Xactly Corporation Limited), the Employment Appeal Tribunal found that comments made to a salesman, Mr David Evans, by his boss and colleagues at […]

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09 November 2018

This week Marks and Spencer announced plans to close 100 stores by 2020 and became the latest in a long line of high street giants to announce store closures.  What then can smaller businesses do to remain on the high street? Help is at hand In last week’s Budget, the Government promised to support UK […]

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02 November 2018

If you are a landlord in England, you need to be aware of recent changes to the law brought about by the Deregulation Act 2015 (the Act). The Act makes changes to the following areas: Section 21 Notice Tenancy Deposit Protection Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) / Gas safety certificate Prescribed Information Retaliatory Eviction Section 21 […]

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