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John Lewis: Never Knowingly Underdeveloped

Denise Bull
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Last week, it was announced that retailer John Lewis is planning to turn retail space it no longer needs into mixed-use affordable housing . This would see commercial retail estate repurposed to, what John Lewis chairwoman Dame Sharon White described as,...

The treatment of pensions on divorce: where are we now?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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The division of pensions during divorce proceedings can be a complicated and emotive topics for many. In order to offer clarifications and recommendations on the matter, the Pension Advisory Group (PAG) filed their  ‘A Guide to the Treatment of...

Dutton Gregory consolidates Hampshire locations with closure of Southampton office

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As the lease of Dutton Gregory's Southampton office comes to an end, the local firm are seizing the opportunity to utilise its innovative IT infrastructure and flexible working arrangements and, as a result, will be closing its central...

Planning Shake Up... Or Pointless Sideshow?

Paul  Sams
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On 21 st  July 2020 the Government announced new planning classes in an attempt to change the way that planning is handled.  Will it be successful or is this just political “smoke and mirrors”?  Probably a bit of...

Law Commissions Report on Leasehold Reform

Louise Uphill
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This week, the Law Commission published its report on buying freeholds and extending leases.  The report has been awaited since 2017, when the Law Commission announced it was given the task of promoting transparency and fairness in the residential...

Leasing Industrial Units - What To Be Aware Of

Rachel McNulty
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When looking to take a lease of an industrial unit, there are a lot of potential pitfalls. We've put together a checklist to give you peace of mind. The following list are some areas to be aware of: What is the permitted use?  Identify...

Stamp Duty Changes: what do they mean for you?

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Today (Wednesday 8 th July), the Chancellor has announced a temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) holiday on residential properties as part of a number of measures that aim to kick start the economy following the impact of COVID-19. The...

No Furlough for the fellow on furlough

Mark Broad
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No Furlough for the fellow on furlough The traditional meaning of furlough is a ‘leave of absence’, especially that granted to a member of the services, missionaries or prisoners.  These days though, we are all familiar with the term as...

A boost for builders - automatic extensions on all planning permissions

Rachel McNulty
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This week, the government has announced that all planning permissions due to lapse between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 that have not been implemented are automatically extended until 1 April 2021 . For many builders, this will be a welcome decision...

Case Study: Neil & Neil - A warning on the implications of dishonesty and deceit in financial proceedings

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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Although an extreme example based on the court’s findings, a recent Judgement delivered by Mr Justice Moor in the case of Neil & Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 (fam) serves as an example as to how the courts will set aside a financial order, even in part...

Five Fact Friday - Famous Thefts

Chris Hall
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We are all in need of a good news story at the moment.   So it was welcome news when, earlier this week, it was revealed that the mural created by street artist Banksy on a door of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where, tragically, 90 people...

An Update On The Family Courts - How Does It Affect Your Situation?

Karen Andrews
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Many people dealing with or contemplating a divorce or separation may be confused and concerned by recent events, and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on any ongoing (or anticipated) family law proceedings.   When the crisis first struck, we had...

An Update On The Family Courts - How Does It Affect Your Situation?

Karen Andrews
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Many people dealing with or contemplating a divorce or separation may be confused and concerned by recent events, and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on any ongoing (or anticipated) family law proceedings.   When the crisis first struck, we had...

Divorce and Finances during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Your Questions Answered

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have long lasting implications on the economy and, as such, one of the questions that my clients are repeatedly asking me is whether they should change their course of action during the pandemic. Should they separate but...

Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

Chris Hall
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Due to furlough, this is my first Five Fact Friday for some weeks. It would be remiss not to produce an article about the thing that is occupying the minds of most people at the moment (Hint: No, I’m not talking about Tiger King!)  ...

Family law during lockdown: your questions answered

Pauline Ellis
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The COVID-19 lockdown has had an effect on us all. However, for those in separated families, going through a breakdown of a relationship or even hoping to start married life, the challenges faced have been particularly difficult. We’ve looked at some...

Confessions of a Family Solicitor during Lockdown

Pauline Ellis
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It all seems rather surreal at the moment with the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.  Personally, I am trying to work from home while juggling trying to homeschool and entertain a preschooler at the same time! The majority of people...

Deciphering your residential lease

Louise Uphill
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Having dug out a copy of your lease from your ever growing pile of paperwork at home, you can often find yourself faced with the problem of how to decode it!  The good news is that we’ve put together this general guide to a standard residential...

Dutton Gregory welcomes two new Equity Partners

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Local law firm Dutton Gregory celebrates the appointment of two new Equity Partners, Head of Litigation, Andrew Witt , and   Head of Residential Property, Paul Sams. With both Partners joining the firm in recent years, staff, clients and friends...

Virtual signing for property transactions during the coronavirus pandemic

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As much as we have been operating ‘business as usual’ during lockdown, the need for social distancing has, naturally, impacted the process for signing and returning original legal documents to solicitors. Without signed original legal documents,...

Leaseholders: get your "house" in order amid lockdown

Louise Uphill
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Whilst the battle with COVID-19 rages on outside and activity within the housing market is quiet, now is a good time for leaseholders to use this opportunity to get their current lease in a good and marketable condition ready for when the market springs back...

5 Lockdown Questions With Gareth Anwyl - Hamptons International in Winchester

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Dutton Gregory's  Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams  hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both...

Coronavirus and conveyancing: Selling your house after lockdown

Nicky Marsh
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The housing market is vital to the economy and I think we can all agree that the sooner it can safely be back on its feet, the better. I’ve had many conversations with colleagues, clients and contacts the past few weeks and I remain confident that the...

5 Lockdown Questions With Ritchie Clapson - PropertyCEO

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Dutton Gregory's  Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams  hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both...

5 Lockdown Questions With Daniel Glass - Personal Training For Everyday Living

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Dutton Gregory's Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both personally and...