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Property Section

December 2016

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Ian white

One direction


As the dust settles on another annual conference, Ian White looks back on a turbulent 2016, and ahead to the Property Section’s plans for 2017


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Hidden agendaSubscription


Concealed development first made headlines in 2011, when Robert Fidler built a mansion and hid it behind a wall of hay bales. Anna Russell outlines the current law around permission for development, including where there is concealment or deception

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Cancelled outSubscription


A lease may be protected on the register by substantive registration and/or by a notice on the reversionary title. Tim Smithers summarises Land Registry’s practice on cancellation of leases

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Foreign connectionSubscription


Peter Irvine looks at the potential hazards faced by solicitors dealing with conveyancing transactions with a foreign element, including where payments come from a third party, and how to minimise the risks

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Checks and balancesSubscription

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Upcoming tax changes may lead more private property investors to incorporate. Susan Winter and Tony Lake look at the pros and cons of each structure, and what conveyancers need to know when acting for a corporate client as a property investor

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Going rateSubscription

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The impact on statutory compensation of new business rates next year means that commercial landlords and tenants need to take care when making decisions on ending or renewing business tenancies. Mark Barley and Charlie Temperley explain

Warren Gordon

Proof positiveSubscription


Warren Gordon outlines the problems that arise for conveyancers around positive freehold covenants, and the potential application of new proposals from the Law Commission

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Talking pointsSubscription


Philip Askew reports back from this year’s National Property Law Conference

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Great minds


Lucy Trevelyan examines the personality traits and ‘soft skills’ best suited to being a property law professional, how to develop these skills, and what clients are looking for from their property solicitor

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Counting the cost Subscription


Clients purchasing leasehold property may not realise how expensive the process can be, with the range and proliferation of fees payable to managing agents and leaseholders. Sarah Dwight outlines the problem and the role of the conveyancer

Property Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Property Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Fraud
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Conveyancing
  • Planning
  • Phishing and Cyber Security
  • Bogus Firms
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rent Deposits
  • Buy-to-Let
  • Mortgage Credit Directive
  • Vulnerable Clients
  • Consumer Protection Regulations
  • Requisitions
  • Income Tax Relief
  • Reserved Funds
  • Brownfield Sites
  • Right to Buy
  • Searches
  • Capital Allowances
  • Stamp Duty
  • Land Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Webinars, a Conference, Workshops, Seminars, Magazines, E-newsletters and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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