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Hugo Daniel Lodge

Taxing issueSubscription

6 September 2017

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

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Lay of the landSubscription

7 March 2017

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

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!

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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

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Joint advice issued to help solicitors beat property fraud

8 September 2017

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

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HM Land Registry signals the start of its transformation

27 July 2017

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

All Land Registration

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In the family

6 September 2017Updated: 6 September 2017

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.

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Land Registry moves closer to e-conveyancing, Law Society responds

21 February 2017

Solicitors could no longer be asked to witness signatures on Land Registry forms if proposals for electronic signatures are adopted.

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

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

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House of cards

8 March 2017

Ian White takes a critical look at the recent white paper of the provision of new housing in England and Wales

All Construction and Development

Peter Reekie, commentator

Where liability lies: acting for fraudstersSubscription

18 November 2016

The High Court has recently considered the liability of solicitors and estate agents who acted for a fraudulent seller. Peter Reekie explains 

Peter Reekie, commentator

In a bindSubscription

28 September 2016

In Ely v Robson [2016] EWCA Civ 774, the court found that an oral agreement between cohabitees could be relied upon.

All Specialist Property Law

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VAT on searches - new guidance for conveyancers

6 January 2017Updated: 12 January 2017

The Law Society has issued new guidance for conveyancers amid continuing uncertainty over the imposition of VAT on local authority searches. 

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CON29DW searches updated

21 July 2016

The Law Society’s CON29DW form has been updated working in consultation with the Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN). Release of the modified form coincides with the implementation of updated CON29 and CON29O forms

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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