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ID, AML and Fraud

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SRA gives green light to freelance solicitors

19 June 2018

Last week, the SRA announced a series of decisions on the outcome of its Handbook reforms. Marzena Lipman, policy adviser at the Law Society, gives an overview of the changes.  

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Firms’ websites must show prices, SRA announces

19 June 2018

Under new proposals confirmed by the SRA, law firms will now be required to publish the prices they charge. This will cover conveyancing, probate, motoring offences, immigration advice and the cost of bringing claims before an employment tribunal.

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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

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How to assist with pre-owned park home sales in six steps

8 June 2018By ,

Park homes are not equivalent to bricks and mortar, and the procedure for buying and selling one is not subject to the usual conveyancing protocols. Rawdon Crozier and Ibraheem Dulmeer set out the six steps you need to follow.

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Blockchain revolution?

8 June 2018By

Blockchain has been branded as the future of just about everything and is soon expected to infiltrate all aspects of our lives, from banking to tax returns and voting. But what is it, and how can it be used in property transactions?

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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VAT on electronic property searches: Interim guidance to firms

1 June 2018Updated: 4 June 2018

We have released interim guidance to help firms manage the uncertainty created around VAT on electronic property searches by the Tribunal decision in Brabners LLP v HMRC Commissioners last year

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Appeal rules against seller's solicitors in crucial Dreamvar liability case

25 May 2018

The Law Society Gazette has reported that solicitors representing fraudulent property vendors should share responsibility along with those representing the duped buyers for any resulting losses, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a widely awaited decision.

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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

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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

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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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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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The green lightSubscription

6 March 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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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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Coded messageSubscription

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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Top of the hillSubscription

6 March 2018By

Duncan Wood talks to Hillyer McKeown’s head of commercial property, Caroline Jones, about how her firm is winning awards for its innovative approach to IT in its conveyancing practice

Peter Rodd, Property Section chair

Just dessertsSubscription

6 March 2018By

How many times have you heard from a client the words ‘I just need your signature’? But beware. Taking declarations and swearing affidavits may simply not be cost-effective, but other, similar activities, may contain significant risk. Peter Rodd explains

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Committee to memorySubscription

6 March 2018By

Russell Hewitson, chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee since September, outlines the work of the committee and its upcoming priorities

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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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