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Property Section

March 2014



Peter Rodd, Property Section chair

Risky business Subscription


With the sobering news in January that 136 firms have folded, having failed to obtain professional indemnity insurance, Peter Rodd explains how firms could better manage risk to avoid becoming another statistic.


Jennifer Slade

Beyond repairSubscription


The changes to chancel repair liability are now almost five months old, but there remains little clarity about their impact in practice. Jennifer Slade investigates, and members of the Property Section executive committee provide their own perspectives

Hannah Collins

Statement of playSubscription


Hannah Collins provides an update on some of the property-related measures announced in the Autumn Statement 2013, and how they will affect clients – and their advisers – including charities, foreign investors and residential and commercial landlords

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A helping handSubscription


The Help to Buy scheme launched almost one year ago, but many solicitors have still not had to deal with it in practice. Kathryn Taylor explains what it is, how it works, and the solicitor’s role within it

Iain Miller

Going underSubscription


Iain Miller looks at the risks of giving or relying on undertakings, outlines enforcement options, and considers the impact of outcomes-focused regulation

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Park lifeSubscription


The Mobile Homes Act 2013 introduced a new compulsory system for the buying and selling of mobile homes. Neil Miller provides a beginner’s guide to the act and what it means for this small, but important, community – and those who advise them

Richard Heaney

Separate but equal


In the second of our series of articles in association with Land Registry, Richard Heaney looks at the use of notices and restrictions to protect third party interests in land and property when a marriage or civil partnership ends

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Great distressSubscription


April sees the introduction of commercial rent arrears recovery, replacing the common law remedy of distress. But the new regime is significantly more limited in scope, and could spell real problems for commercial landlords. Warren Gordon explains

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Allow me


On 1 April, the capital allowances regime will change, with potential implications for every buyer and seller of commercial property. Clive Curd provides a step-by-step guide for solicitors acting for either party

Anthony Essien

Lease is the wordSubscription


Residential leasehold law can sometimes be a complex area of the law to navigate. Anthony Essien explains how the Leasehold Advisory Service can help guide leaseholders, landlords and lawyers alike

Michael Donellan

First placeSubscription


The old, much criticised leasehold tribunal system was replaced last summer by the new Property Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal. Michael Donnellan explains the key differences and practical points for landlord and tenant solicitors

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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