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Andrew Waddell

Make no mistakeSubscription

6 June 2018

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 


Taxing matters

22 March 2018

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

All Property Taxation

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National property law conference 2017: overcoming challenges in a volatile landscape (11 October) (SRA Competence: A2)

24 February 2017

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!

kary withers

Spotlight: Leaseholders of Foundling Court and O’Donnell Court v London Borough of Camden [2016] UKUT 0366 (LC)Subscription

20 September 2016

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.

All Property Litigation

Joy Bailey

Signed, sealed, deliveredSubscription

6 June 2018

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

Ben Tarrant

Land Registry updates guidance on identity evidence

26 March 2018

Property Section committee member Ben Tarrant outlines Land Registry’s changes to its Practice Guide 67 and addresses concerns from practitioners 

All Land Registration

Joy Bailey

Signed, sealed, deliveredSubscription

6 June 2018

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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Tell us about your experiences of panel management

23 November 2017

The Law Society has released a survey asking conveyancers for their experiences of interacting with organisations that provide conveyancing panel management services

All Mortgages, Lenders and Government Schemes

Open houseSubscription

2 September 2015

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

Daniel Pike

Round the housesSubscription

3 June 2015

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

All Social Housing

karen lee

A site to behold Subscription

6 March 2018

Karen Lee provides a step-by-step guide to the role of the developer’s conveyancer, from site acquisition to plot sale

Noel Hunter

Strong foundationsSubscription

9 June 2017

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

All Construction and Development


Granting the ungrantable: fencing easements after Churston Golf Club v HaddockSubscription

6 April 2018

A recent Court of Appeal judgment suggests the difference between an easement to fence and a covenant to fence is actually very small, writes Jennifer Meech of Enterprise Chambers.

william marriott

Think tank Subscription

6 March 2018

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

All Specialist Property Law


VAT on disbursements - update

11 April 2018Updated: 13 April 2018

Firms that have received letters from HMRC regarding the VAT treatment of electronic searches are encouraged to contact us.

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Law Society provides update on VAT on disbursements

15 January 2018

The Law Society has set up a working group to assist in providing updated guidance to the profession in respect of the VAT treatment of disbursements

All Searches

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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