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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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New report reveals large leap in home renovations as market slows

23 March 2018

A new report by insurers Hiscox lifts the lid on home improvement trends across the country, and reveals that a subdued property market has driven a five-fold rise in renovations in five years.

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Law Commission launches consultation to simplify the planning process in Wales

30 November 2017

The Law Commission has launched a consultation proposing that a new planning code for Wales is needed to get the country building, and further protect heritage and the environment

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New guidance on minimum energy efficiency standards for non-domestic property

16 March 2017By

In February, the government released new guidance on the operation of the regulations behind the minimum energy efficiency standards for non-domestic property, coming into force in April 2018. Warren Gordon outlines the key points of the guidance

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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.

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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

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CON 29 guidance notes published

28 June 2016

The CON 29 guidance notes have been published. These accompany the updated CON 29 forms that have to be used from 4 July 2016

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CON29 and CON29O enquiries update

17 May 2016

The Law Society’s revised CON29 and CON29O forms have been updated to include community infrastructure levies (CIL), assets of community value and to reflect other legislative changes

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Plan of actionSubscription

12 March 2019By

Last year, the government published a significantly revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework. Anna Russell-Knee outlines some of the changes, and how they will affect clients wishing to develop property now and in the future

Sue Highmore

The green stuffSubscription

12 March 2019By

It is nearly a year since the minimum energy efficiency standard regime came into force. Sue Highmore reflects on its effect on residential clients – including the financial impact – and outlines changes coming into force on 1 April 2019

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Mending fencesSubscription

12 March 2019By

Newspapers are always full of stories of escalating disputes between neighbours. But nuisance doesn’t need to be about noise – as shown by a recent case on Japanese knotweed. Richard Bagwell provides a short guide to remedies for nuisance

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A knotty problem

28 December 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

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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

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The green light

26 July 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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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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The green lightSubscription

8 September 2017By

The government has recently introduced a number of amendments affecting permitted development rights. Anna Russell-Knee outlines the changes

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Above water

6 September 2017By

Flood Re has been in force for over a year, but it isn’t a panacea: many properties are excluded, and premiums will continue to rise even for those included. Sue Highmore outlines when, how and what you should advise clients around flood risk

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Stormy weather

7 March 2017By

Most property solicitors are not specialists in environmental law, but are increasingly finding that environmental issues impact on transactions. Andrew Wiseman outlines some of the most common environmental issues affecting property transactions

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Hidden agenda

12 December 2016By

Concealed development first made headlines in 2011, when Robert Fidler built a mansion and hid it behind a wall of hay bales. Anna Russell outlines the current law around permission for development, including where there is concealment or deception

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Right away

7 September 2016By

Matthew White examines the new power to override easements and other rights under section 203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016

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Case in pointSubscription

7 September 2016By ,

Faiza Ahmad and Lucie-Anne Rhodes provide an update on some recent cases and changes to legislation affecting the property sector

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Law Society responds to Land Registry privatisation plans

8 July 2016

Mounting concern over government plans to privatise Land Registry has prompted the Law Society to say it hopes the government will reach a sensible decision over what is a ’vital piece of national infrastructure’

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Low on energySubscription

2 June 2016By

From 2018, new regulations will restrict the letting of commercial properties with an energy efficiency rating below E. Claire-Elaine Arthurs outlines what actions landlords and tenants should take now

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Rain checkSubscription

8 March 2016By

The long-awaited Flood Re scheme is now planned to come into force next month. Russell Hewitson outlines how the scheme will work, what properties are eligible, and how to advise clients living in flood-risk areas

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Northern exposureSubscription

3 December 2015By

As part of our series on property law in other jurisdictions, Gilbert Nesbitt outlines the residential conveyancing process in Northern Ireland, including its dual land registration systems, and the regulatory landscape

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Good neighboursSubscription

2 September 2015By , ,

Property lawyers in England may find themselves acting in transactions involving property in Wales, but with the law increasingly diverging, what changes do they need to know about? Huw Williams, Andrew Evans and Andrea Planchant explain

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Party politicsSubscription

3 June 2015By

Matthew Hearsum provides a back-to-basics guide for residential conveyancers to the Party Wall Act, including steps in relation to party walls that should be taken when acting for buyers


Build me up

3 June 2015By

Stephen Desmond provides an overview of the most common issues and pitfalls residential conveyancers may face in relation to building regulations

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