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Meet our new Section supporter – Gazeal

20 May 2019

The Property Section has a new supporter.

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Electronic signatures: a beginner’s guide

16 May 2019By , , ,

Abbie Le Brocq, Abigail Gowland, Beth Haigh and Sam Parker explain how electronic signatures work, how they differ from digital signatures, and the pros and cons of the technology

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Law Society publishes guide on Code for Completion by Post

13 May 2019

The Law Society has published the latest version of the Code for Completion by Post. It has been amended to clarify the position following the Court of Appeal ruling in Dreamvar in 2018


MHCLG publishes new consumer guides on home buying and selling

9 May 2019

They set out information about the process generally, the different professionals involved, the steps towards completing a property transaction, and where to find further information. We are pleased that the government has engaged with the Law Society and other stakeholders to prepare these guides

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Do you think there should be a specific CON29DW for new-build properties?

7 May 2019

The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) is currently undertaking an informal consultation to seek conveyancers’ views on the development of a specific CON29DW for new-build properties

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Law Society responds to Law Commission leasehold consultation

3 May 2019

Moves to make it easier for leaseholders to take control of their freeholds through right to manage have been broadly welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales, in response to the Law Commission’s consultation

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Law Society publishes new TA13 form

3 May 2019Updated: 9 May 2019

We have amended the TA13 Completion Information and Undertakings form to reflect the changes made to the Code for Completion by Post in response to the Court of Appeal decision in the Dreamvar case last year

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Consultation on ‘no-fault’ evictions a step in the right direction, Law Society says

30 April 2019

Landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants using section 21 notices in new plans announced by the government.

All Updates

Sarah Dwight

Moving with the timesSubscription

11 June 2019By

The revised Conveyancing Protocol came into force on 1 May. Sarah Dwight explains what changes have been made and why

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Tighten upSubscription

11 June 2019By

Lean techniques can help you identify inefficiencies in your processes. Jo-Anne Wild presents a beginner’s guide to lean techniques and how to apply them in your own firm

Peter Rodd

Lending a handSubscription

11 June 2019By

In April, Peter Rodd chaired a roundtable event with six of the major lenders, between them representing over 50% of the current mortgage market. How can solicitors and lenders work better together to make the process quicker and simpler?

Stephen Lewis

Fight for the rightSubscription

11 June 2019By

Stephen Lewis and his team of expert lawyers outline the impact the Law Commission’s recent right to manage consultation could have for homeowners in England and Wales

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Catch 21

11 June 2019By ,

Sarah Cummins and David Smith review the current law on section 21 notices and consider the future of the section 21 procedure, following the government’s recent proposal to abolish no-fault evictions

Eleanor O’Reilly-Joe

Quality timeSubscription

11 June 2019By

As part of a programme of change to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, we will soon be rolling out two new assessments designed to help firms to further drive improvement in their residential conveyancing practice. Eleanor O’Reilly-Joe explains

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Insure of yourselfSubscription

11 June 2019By

If you arrange title or other insurances in relation to a property transaction, new insurance distribution rules apply to you. Steven Petty explains the rules and your options for compliance

Warren Gordon

Home feeSubscription

11 June 2019By

Warren Gordon looks at the impact of the Tenant Fees Act 2019, which will limit the payments that a landlord can charge in connection with most short-term residential tenancies entered into on or after 1 June 2019 

Sophie Quince

What’s in a name?Subscription

11 June 2019By , , ,

We all think we know what a “house” is, but the definition in legislation has been causing confusion ever since it came into force in 1968, particularly for leaseholders. Students at Northumbria Law School look at the case law and the current position

Warren Gordon

Ringing in the new Subscription

11 June 2019By

Warren Gordon looks at some of the key wording in the new edition of the Law Society’s Code for Completion by Post

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Electronic signatures: a beginner’s guide

16 May 2019By , , ,

Abbie Le Brocq, Abigail Gowland, Beth Haigh and Sam Parker explain how electronic signatures work, how they differ from digital signatures, and the pros and cons of the technology

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

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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

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