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SRA releases new guidance on price transparency

4 October 2018

Law firms will have to publish details of their employees’ experience and the time work is likely to take – as well as their prices – when new transparency rules come into force in December. 

Consultation

Share your views on leasehold home ownership

1 October 2018

The Law Commission is seeking your views on its provisional proposals for a new, single enfranchisement regime designed to benefit leaseholders of both houses and flats. Consultation closes on 20 November 2018

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Call for evidence: Energy Performance Certificates in buildings

21 August 2018

Have your say on how Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are performing and tell the government how they can be improved. Consultation closes on 19 October 2018

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Law Society responds to FCA market study on the mortgage market

16 August 2018Updated: 22 August 2018

We believe lender panels and the way in which they operate should be considered by the FCA. The majority of lenders operate a panel-based system to select law firms to act on behalf of that lender in mortgage transactions and this is not currently covered in the FCA report

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 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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Listed property

Hit list

8 October 2018By

Listed buildings and conservation areas can trip up even the most astute conveyancer, slowing down the process, damaging client relationships, and risking breaches of consumer protection regulations. Richard Copus explains what you need to know

John de Waal

Clawback in property transactions: what could go possibly wrong? Subscription

24 September 2018By

John de Waal QC offers a sneak peek into Hardwicke chambers’ new book on risk and negligence, by revealing tips on how to avoid risk in property transactions relating to overage.

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Forgive and forgetSubscription

13 September 2018By

Certificates of lawful development provide a way for property owners to prove the lawfulness of unauthorised development, after a certain period of time has passed. Anna Russell-Knee explains how they work in practice

Sarah Brodie

Loud and clearSubscription

5 September 2018By

From December 2018, conveyancers will need to publish price- and service-related information on their websites. Sarah Brodie looks at what this could mean in practice

Leaving the EU - Property

Life after leave

5 September 2018By

With Brexit now only six months away, investor sentiment remains positive, but there are broader challenges in the market which need to be resolved, from access to finance to housing supply. Paresh Raja explains

Kathryn Robertson

Common groundSubscription

5 September 2018By

Ahead of her session on stamp duty land tax at the Property Section annual conference, Kathryn Robertson outlines some common errors in returns, payments and repayment claims and how to avoid them

Warren Gordon

Fall colour

5 September 2018By

Property Section chair Warren Gordon provides updates on some of the key issues in property law and practice, including Dreamvar and leasehold, and looks ahead at the Property Section’s autumn events

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A knotty problemSubscription

5 September 2018By ,

Japanese knotweed has been back in the news, following a high-profile Court of Appeal case. Michael Draper and Dan Eastwood provide a back to basics guide, including the options for land- and homeowners with Japanese knotweed on their property

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Under reviewSubscription

5 September 2018By ,

Paul de la Piquerie and Rahul Varma look at some common rent review mechanisms and the issues they can create in practice

Michael Draper

Devolution evolution

5 September 2018By

Michael Draper outlines some of the unique law – both existing and on the horizon – in Wales, as it relates to property, including potential new developments around vacant sites and residential lettings 

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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 Subscription

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, delivered

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 

Streets ahead

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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