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ID, AML and Fraud

RICS consults on new Code for Leasing Business Premises

17 April 2019

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a consultation on its proposed Professional Statement: Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2019, 1st edition

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SRA publishes residential conveyancing thematic review

8 April 2019

The review found that most firms were fulfilling their obligations, but that there were areas for improvement, including around costs estimates, disbursements and information on leasehold

Houses in miniature village model

Commonhold 'must earn market approval' to be viable leasehold alternative

26 March 2019

The Law Society has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on ‘Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership’.


Freehold Management Enquiries form launched

26 March 2019

Over 14 cross-industry trade and representative bodies, including the Law Society, have come together to create and endorse a new Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1)

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Time to reform the leasehold system, say MPs

21 March 2019

The home leasehold system needs reform, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLG) has said, releasing its report on leasehold.

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Access your Property Section Law Society Publishing discountSubscription

15 March 2019

Members of the Property Section are entitled to 20% off all titles published by Law Society Publishing

Excellence Awards 2019 - nominations now open

Law Society Excellence Awards 2019

15 March 2019

The Excellence Awards awards showcase excellence across the legal profession.

Peter Rodd

Plus ça change…Subscription

12 March 2019By

Purrunsing, P&P and Dreamvar were the big news in conveyancing last year. But, Peter Rodd asks, were they anything new, or did they just reiterate the ongoing need for constant vigilance?

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Warren Gordon

Common cause

12 March 2019By

Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at the Law Commission’s proposals on commonhold

Client care in property

Bright sideSubscription

12 March 2019By

Under increasing pressure, it’s harder than ever to find time to get to know your clients. But if you make that investment, it can help you manage expectations and create a relationship which will benefit both you and the client. Sarah Dwight offers her top tips

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Plan of actionSubscription

12 March 2019By

Last year, the government published a significantly revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework. Anna Russell-Knee outlines some of the changes, and how they will affect clients wishing to develop property now and in the future

Professor Nick Hopkins

Common groundSubscription

12 March 2019By

Professor Nick Hopkins and the property law team at the Law Commission outline the commission’s commonhold consultation and the impact the changes could have in practice

Looking at SRA changes through a telescope

New world

12 March 2019By

Major regulatory change is on the horizon this year. Michael Garson looks at what the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new regime will mean for conveyancing practice, clients and the competitive environment

Sue Highmore

The green stuffSubscription

12 March 2019By

It is nearly a year since the minimum energy efficiency standard regime came into force. Sue Highmore reflects on its effect on residential clients – including the financial impact – and outlines changes coming into force on 1 April 2019

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The best intentionsSubscription

12 March 2019By

The recent case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel, which hinged on whether the landlord had the intention of redeveloping a property, has significant implications for commercial landlords and tenants. Kate Andrews explains

Peter Rodd

Plus ça change…Subscription

12 March 2019By

Purrunsing, P&P and Dreamvar were the big news in conveyancing last year. But, Peter Rodd asks, were they anything new, or did they just reiterate the ongoing need for constant vigilance?

Katie Gordon-Smith

All present and correctSubscription

12 March 2019By

Katie Gordon-Smith outlines the steps Land Registry is taking to improve requisition rates, and the role of solicitors in achieving this goal

Warren Gordon

Taking chargeSubscription

12 March 2019By

From April, new regulatory requirements for service charges for commercial property will come into force. Warren Gordon outlines the changes, and what they mean for existing leases

Shifting sands - balancing a hardening market and market regulation

Shifting sandsSubscription

12 March 2019By ,

PII is in flux. The market is hardening, free post-run-off cover is ceasing, regulatory changes will introduce classes of solicitor with less or no cover, and proposed changes could reduce minimum cover. Steve Ray and Jenny Screech round up the changes, and the likely effects

Richard Bagwell

Mending fencesSubscription

12 March 2019By

Newspapers are always full of stories of escalating disputes between neighbours. But nuisance doesn’t need to be about noise – as shown by a recent case on Japanese knotweed. Richard Bagwell provides a short guide to remedies for nuisance

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Law Society updates Code for Completion by Post

15 February 2019

The Law Society has published the latest version of the Code for Completion by Post. It will take effect from 1 May 2019

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A knotty problem

28 December 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

Sarah Brodie

Loud and clearSubscription

5 December 2018By

From 6 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

Wayne Johnson

You should know betterSubscription

5 December 2018By

Wayne Johnson explains how elements of the know-your-client process could be automated to reduce costs, increase productivity, free up human experts to apply their experience and judgement, and protect firms against money laundering

Andrew Smith

Party politicsSubscription

5 December 2018By

With residential extensions becoming more popular, conveyancers are more likely to encounter works authorised under the Party Wall Act 1996. Andrew Smith explains how the act works and offers some practice points

Jim Meakin

Capital ideaSubscription

5 December 2018By

The rule around exemption from capital gains tax on our homes seems simple, but actually has a number of complexities. Jim Meakin explains

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Brick by brickSubscription

5 December 2018By

Self- and custom-build are becoming increasingly common. Charlie Blagbrough argues that this development could reinject diversity into house building and supply, and explains how the lending process works in this market

Oliver Pannell

After the fire

5 December 2018By

Following the Grenfell fire, freeholders and leaseholders are facing significant difficulties in ensuring their homes are safe and that defective cladding is replaced. Oliver Pannell provides an update on the government’s response and recent case law

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Property Section renewals

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