More Features and Opinion

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    Building in safety

    2019-09-16T13:30:00Z

    Simon Lewis looks at developments on building safety following the Hackitt review and the Ministry of Housing, Communities Local Government’s consultation paper, Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

  • Richard Tindall
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    The balance of power

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Commercial property practitioners will sometimes come across a situation where a transaction is complicated by the insolvency or pending insolvency of a seller. Richard Tindall looks at the application of the lender’s power of sale where a seller is insolvent

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    A problem shared

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    David Keighley looks at how shared ownership works in practice, including the key terms of shared ownership leases, extending leases and the second-hand market

  • John Pearce
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    Onwards and upwards

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    The government is planning to introduce a new permitted development right for upwards extensions, as part of its plans to deliver new homes. John Pearce outlines the plans and what they might mean in practice

  • Amanda Clack
    Feature

    Welcome to our house

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Diversity and inclusion is essential in any organisation, but even more so in real estate, where we work to create a better community and built environment for the next generation. Amanda Clack looks at how you can support diversity and inclusion in your business

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    Crunch time

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    It’s over two years since the government first started looking into the leasehold market, but this year has seen the pace of proposals for change ramp up significantly. Clare Harman Clark rounds up the proposals, and considers what they could mean for the property market

  • Clare Griffiths
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    The real deal

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Clare Griffiths looks at how planned improvements to the Bank of England’s Real-Time Gross Settlement infrastructure could help streamline property transactions for both solicitors and their clients

  • Paresh Raja
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    Lending weight

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    How is Brexit affecting mortgage lenders, and clients and investors buying with mortgage finance? Paresh Raja provides a personal perspective

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    Connecting the dots

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Grania Langdon-Down looks at the current state of proptech – where and how it’s being used, how law firms can use it, and what it might mean for the future of property practice 

  • Warren Gordon
    Opinion

    Home truths

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Warren Gordon considers the government’s plans on leasehold, and looks ahead to our annual conference

  • Mike Harlow
    Feature

    Lay of the land

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Mike Harlow talks about HM Land Registry’s change programme

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    The revised Code for Completion by Post – what's changed?

    2019-07-04T15:07:00Z

    Carl Brewin provides a personal perspective on some of the key changes in the revised code, and what they mean for both buyers’ and sellers’ solicitors

  • Sarah Dwight
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    Moving with the times

    2019-06-11T00:09:00Z

    The revised Conveyancing Protocol comes into force in 2019. Sarah Dwight explains what changes have been made and why

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    Tighten up

    2019-06-11T00:07:00Z

    Lean techniques can help you identify inefficiencies in your processes. Jo-Anne Wild presents a beginner’s guide to lean techniques and how to apply them in your own firm

  • Peter Rodd
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    Lending a hand

    2019-06-11T00:06:00Z

    In April, Peter Rodd chaired a roundtable event with six of the major lenders, between them representing over 50% of the current mortgage market. How can solicitors and lenders work better together to make the process quicker and simpler?

  • Stephen Lewis
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    Fight for the right

    2019-06-11T00:05:00Z

    Stephen Lewis and his team of expert lawyers outline the impact the Law Commission’s recent right to manage consultation could have for homeowners in England and Wales

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    Catch 21

    2019-06-11T00:04:00Z

    Sarah Cummins and David Smith review the current law on section 21 notices and consider the future of the section 21 procedure, following the government’s recent proposal to abolish no-fault evictions

  • Eleanor O’Reilly-Joe
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    Quality time

    2019-06-11T00:03:00Z

    As part of a programme of change to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, we will soon be rolling out two new assessments designed to help firms to further drive improvement in their residential conveyancing practice. Eleanor O’Reilly-Joe explains

  • Insurance - umbrella sheltering broker's desk from rain
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    Insure of yourself

    2019-06-11T00:02:00Z

    If you arrange title or other insurances in relation to a property transaction, new insurance distribution rules apply to you. Steven Petty explains the rules and your options for compliance

  • Warren Gordon
    Feature

    Home fee

    2019-06-11T00:01:00Z

    Warren Gordon looks at the impact of the Tenant Fees Act 2019, which will limit the payments that a landlord can charge in connection with most short-term residential tenancies entered into on or after 1 June 2019