The Criminal Finances Act 2017 introduces new offences of the failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion, fundamentally changing the compliance and anti-money laundering requirements imposed on law firms and clients. Hugo Daniel Lodge explains
Land transaction tax, the first new Welsh tax in 800 years, is set to replace stamp duty land tax in Wales from 1 April 2018. Andrew Evans explains how it will work in practice
This year’s National Property Law Conference, building on your feedback from last year, we’ve produced a programme around the most pressing issues affecting residential and commercial property practitioners. Book by 6 September for our early bird rate!
The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has now clarified that superior landlords of residential premises must consult with both their tenants and subtenants prior to carrying out qualifying works or entering into long-term agreements. Kary Withers, partner in Clarke Willmott’s Property Litigation team, explains the significance of the decision for landlords and tenants.
New advice for conveyancing solicitors, developed jointly by the Law Society and Land Registry, will help solicitors spot and avoid ever-evolving threats of fraud
Plans include the comprehensive registration of land in England and Wales to identify areas that may be suitable for housing, working with the private sector to research and test new digital registers, and open up more of its datasets externally and across government
The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is now one of the top 10 mortgage lenders. So how should you advise clients receiving funds from family, and when should you advise them to consult a family lawyer? Jo Edwards , Jamie Gaw and Anna Jassani explain.
Solicitors could no longer be asked to witness signatures on Land Registry forms if proposals for electronic signatures are adopted.
In the second of our new series on social housing, James Stone considers the potential impact on the sector of the government’s manifesto proposals and proposed legislative programme, including the extension of the right-to-buy scheme
Housing and house-building were key battlegrounds in the recent election. Daniel Pike outlines the parties’ various pledges, what changes we might see under the new government, and the role the state has to play in effective and affordable housing supply
A new version of the Consumer Code for Home Builders was released in April. Noel Hunter explains how the code works, and how it applies to both home builders and homebuyers
Ian White takes a critical look at the recent white paper of the provision of new housing in England and Wales
The High Court has recently considered the liability of solicitors and estate agents who acted for a fraudulent seller. Peter Reekie explains
In Ely v Robson  EWCA Civ 774, the court found that an oral agreement between cohabitees could be relied upon.
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service answers a query relating to the Land Registry’s Property Alert Service.
We are reviewing our practice note on VAT on disbursements following a recent First Tier Tribunal decision, which assessed a firm as liable to pay VAT on search fees charged by a third party search agency