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New opportunity: CQS consultant

16 August 2018

The Law Society is currently looking to appoint a consultant to provide independent and objective advice and guidance on the development of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. The closing date is 23 August.

Michael Garson

PII proposals and increased risk in modern conveyancing

15 August 2018By

Michael Garson outlines the importance of risk management for conveyancing firms, now that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has proposed its changes to professional indemnity insurance

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CMA recommends regulation of heat networks

24 July 2018Updated: 26 July 2018

The Competition and Markets Authority has today published the final findings of its study into the heat networks industry, which set out to establish whether heat network customers are getting the right level of protection

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Law Society publishes new briefing on SRA transparency rules

23 July 2018Updated: 3 August 2018

The new briefing will help you get a better understanding of what the changes were, why they were announced, and initial points to consider for risk and compliance within your practice.

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Law Commission launches consultation on money laundering

23 July 2018

The Law Commission is reviewing the anti-money laundering regime in Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the counter-terrorism financing regime in Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000, in order to make the consent regime more effective

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Law Commission publishes summary page on solutions for leasehold

20 July 2018

Residential leasehold is one of the projects in the Law Commission’s 13th programme of law reform. It has now published its summary paper on proposed solutions for leasehold houses. A full consultation paper covering leasehold flats and houses will be published in Autumn 2018

The case for liberty

Law Society publishes interim informative and case summary on Dreamvar

11 July 2018Updated: 23 July 2018

The case gives rise to a number of difficult practical and legal issues, which require careful and detailed consideration. We continue to consider the complex implications of the judgment for commercial and residential property transactions. The interim informative offers steps you can take now

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Do you comply by new rules on insurance distribution?

9 July 2018

The new European Insurance Distribution Directive, replacing the Insurance Mediation Directive, comes into force on 1 October 2018. The directive will affect conveyancing firms which, for instance, arrange defective title insurance in a conveyance.

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Non-resident landlords: don't overlook capital allowances

16 August 2018

As non-UK resident landlords are set to be taxed on UK property gains from April 2019, there has never been a more important time for solicitors to highlight to their property investor clients the significance of ensuring capital allowances are not overlooked within commercial property transactions. Shaun Marsden explains

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The green light

26 July 2018By

From April 2018, new regulations will make it significantly harder for landlords to rent property with an energy efficiency rating below ‘E’. Warren Gordon looks at the lease drafting implications, and potential exemptions from the new requirements

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Law Commission launches consultation on money laundering

23 July 2018

The Law Commission is reviewing the anti-money laundering regime in Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the counter-terrorism financing regime in Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000, in order to make the consent regime more effective

The case for liberty

Law Society publishes interim informative and case summary on Dreamvar

11 July 2018Updated: 23 July 2018

The case gives rise to a number of difficult practical and legal issues, which require careful and detailed consideration. We continue to consider the complex implications of the judgment for commercial and residential property transactions. The interim informative offers steps you can take now

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Who pays for a property fraud? Determining liability post P&P and Dreamvar

12 June 2018By

Jennifer Meech outlines the facts of the recent high profile Dreamvar and P&P appeals

Peter Rodd, Property Section chair

In the knowSubscription

6 June 2018By

The leasehold system is facing increasing criticism. One of the key issues is getting information to potential buyers and helping them understand it. Peter Rodd looks at what’s gone wrong with leasehold, and the role of conveyancers in the flow of information

Joy Bailey

Signed, sealed, deliveredSubscription

6 June 2018By

As part of our regular series from HM Land Registry, Joy Bailey provides an update on the execution of deeds or documents using electronic signatures

Danielle Drummond Brassington

Fit to break

6 June 2018By ,

Danielle Drummond-Brassington and Natalie Appleby outline some simple practice points to help you avoid the pitfalls around exercising break options in commercial leases

Andrew Waddell

Make no mistakeSubscription

6 June 2018By

Stamp duty land tax claims are on the rise. Andrew Waddell looks at some of the most common errors, and steps firms can take to avoid them – or mitigate them if they happen 

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Streets aheadSubscription

6 June 2018By

Times are tough in the conveyancing market, putting the power in the hands of the client. So how can you ensure you stand out from the competition? Sue Bramall gives her 12 steps for success

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On the agendaSubscription

6 June 2018By , , ,

Professor Nick Hopkins, and research assistants Chris Pulman, Rachel Preston and Thomas Nicholls, highlight the property law coming under review by the Law Commission as part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform

Graham Murphy

Plenty of phishSubscription

6 June 2018By

Despite a growing awareness of cybercrime, cyber-attacks show no sign of abating. Legal businesses are at particular risk because of the volume of data and money they hold. Graham Murphy looks at how DMARC email authentication can help

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High street lows

6 June 2018By ,

Every week seems to bring news of another major retail chain in financial crisis. Ambuja Bose and Georgina Eason look at the practical impact on commercial landlords of having an insolvent or potentially insolvent tenant

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Living the DreamvarSubscription

6 June 2018By

Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at how the Section will be supporting members with the issues presented by the Dreamvar / P&P decision

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Taxing matters

22 March 2018By

David McDowell of HMRC outlines the key changes in force from 22 November 2017 to stamp duty land tax and the annual tax on enveloped dwellings

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Ring in the new year

6 March 2018By

In his first Comment of 2018, Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at the year ahead for residential and commercial property solicitors – and how the Section can help

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Think tank Subscription

6 March 2018By

Clients who are buying or selling a house with a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant need to know about the relevant regulations and their implications – which could include immediate and ongoing costs. William Marriott explains

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6 March 2018By

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to introduce a new handbook regime, and the changes are the most significant since 2011. Property professionals face some of the most controversial changes. Paul Bennett outlines the proposals and their impact

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A site to behold Subscription

6 March 2018By

Karen Lee provides a step-by-step guide to the role of the developer’s conveyancer, from site acquisition to plot sale

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Within reasonSubscription

6 March 2018By

Recent case law and regulations confirm that local planning authorities must give reasons for either granting planning permission or refusing to grant it. Anna Russell-Knee explains what this means for those wanting to challenge a planning decision

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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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