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Call For Stamp Duty Extension - A Solicitor's Perspective

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The Stamp Duty holiday ( explained here ) is due to end in March 2021 - just 5 months from now. Estate agents and conveyancers around the country are working overtime to meet the surge in demand, with the biggest rise here in the South East. There are...

What to expect when you're expecting... to go to court

Taylor Devenport
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As a Trainee Solicitor in our Family team, Taylor Devenport shares his insights into what to expect in court hearings and what they’re really like to attend. My first memory of a courtroom is at The London Dungeon. I was 7 years of age and...

Removing outdated restrictive covenants from your title

Brianna Garley
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You may have been advised when you purchased your property that a restrictive covenant is contained within your title. You may also have wrongly assumed that it cannot be removed and you just have to live with it. Fortunately, this may not necessarily be the...

Reflections on the decision in Sevilleja and Marex Financial

Chris Hall
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What is reflective loss in litigation claims? When and how are the claims of shareholders, company creditors, etc affected by reflective loss? Chris Hall looks at a recent case study in New York and explores the issue. What is reflective loss?  ...

Surrogacy and Parental Orders - A Guide for the Modern Family

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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The needs of families and their composition continues to change, as does the technology to support them. As a result, the law supporting these families also needs to change. There has been a continued and steady increase in the number of applications being...

What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on landlords?

Emma Honey
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all our lives and the government has introduced emergency legislation to try and limit that impact for many of us. However, in the private rental sector, there have been a number of issues which have left landlords feeling...

An update on video-witnessing Wills

Alistair MacFarlane
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The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on all of our lives, not least on the difficulty of signing a legal document where a witness is required to be present. This raises special difficulties with Wills where the law, which goes back to 1837,...

The 'Stamp Duty Holiday' - Can you get a refund from your recent purchase?

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Following on from the Chancellor’s announcement in July on the immediate but temporary changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) , the most common question now will be whether you can obtain a refund if you completed prior to this date. ...

Certainty in these times of uncertainty... or is it just more uncertainty?

Emma Honey
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Last week preparations were being made by landlords, agents and their legal representatives to finalise reactivation notices to file at court and serve on tenants from the 24th August, to re-start possession claims.  Little government guidance was...

Equity Release: Your Questions Answered

Rebecca East
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Have you ever wondered what equity release really means and whether it's the right option for you? We've answered some of the most common questions around equity release... What is equity release? More people are finding themselves in need of...

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!)  ...