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Consultation

Law Society responds to consultation on reforming the leasehold system

11 December 2018

Problems in the leasehold system have needed fixing for a long time. The Law Society has offered solutions on reforming the leasehold system in its response to a government consultation.

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The grand schemeSubscription

10 December 2018

The Law Society has announced the relaunch of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Changes will start taking effect from 2019. What will the changes mean in practice?

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HMRC to run webinar on Budget changes to SDLT

5 December 2018

The webinar will run from 14:00-15:00 on 12 December, and will cover the reduction in the time limit for filing a SDLT return and paying the tax due, the extension of the time limit for claiming a refund of the higher rates when a previous main residence is sold, and the extension of the relief for first time buyers to all purchasers of qualifying shared ownership property

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

Russell Hewitson

Support systemSubscription

5 December 2018By

Russell Hewitson, chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee, provides an update on the committee’s work representing and supporting the profession, including around leasehold, fraud and the electronic execution of documents

Property Collections

Announcing Collections – our new Property Section benefit

29 November 2018

We’ve gathered our top articles from past issues of Property in Practice to help property practitioners build their skills and follow best practice. Our first collection covers management in property practice

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Government launches inquiry on Japanese knotweed and the built environment

22 November 2018

The Science and Technology Committee intends to hold an oral evidence session in early 2019 to explore the science behind the effects of Japanese Knotweed on the built environment

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Law Commission consults on enfranchisement

14 November 2018

The Law Commission is seeking views on provisional proposals for a new, single enfranchisement regime designed to benefit leaseholders of both houses and flats. The proposed reforms will focus on buying a freehold and extending a lease

All Updates

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 fireSubscription

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

Eddie Davies

Street smartsSubscription

5 December 2018By

HM Land Registry is working to harness technology to improve the homebuying process for both the public and solicitors. Eddie Davies provides an update on its digital projects, including Digital Street

Angelo Piccirillo

Winning streakSubscription

5 December 2018By

Conveyancing firm AVRillo has received a host of industry awards and effusive praise on consumer review websites. Co-founder and partner Angelo Piccirillo explains the secrets of its success to Duncan Wood

Russell Hewitson

Support systemSubscription

5 December 2018By

Russell Hewitson, chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee, provides an update on the committee’s work representing and supporting the profession, including around leasehold, fraud and the electronic execution of documents

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Setting off

5 December 2018By

How can conveyancing solicitors turn one-off property transactions into fruitful, long-term relationships for their firm? Rachel Brushfield provides a beginner’s guide to cross-referring between practice areas

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The twilight zoneSubscription

5 December 2018By

Practitioners acting for purchasers in commercial property transactions face a challenge around finding out if the seller is insolvent. Amanda Eilledge explains the situation and proposes a potentially controversial solution

Warren Gordon

Cleaning houseSubscription

5 December 2018By

The government has turned its eye to change in the residential housing sector, from ensuring sufficient supply, to addressing escalating ground rents. Warren Gordon explains

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

Living on the edge risk

Clawback in property transactions: what could go possibly wrong?

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

Japanese knotweed

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

Rent

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 

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

All Features and Opinion

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