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    VAT on disbursements - update

    2018-04-11T16:02:00Z

    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

    2018-01-15T12:16:00Z

    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

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    VAT on online property searches

    2017-09-27T11:37:00Z

    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

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    VAT on searches - new guidance for conveyancers

    2017-01-06T15:20:00Z

    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

    2016-07-21T10:15:00Z

    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

    2016-06-28T10:40:00Z

    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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    Shifting sands

    2016-06-02T13:21:00Z

    The digitisation of land and property data is now well under way, with Land Registry, local authorities, government bodies and search providers all embracing the change, to support the homebuying process. Kris Clark explains

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    Land Registry launches local land charges consultation

    2016-05-17T15:29:00Z

    Land Registry is consulting on the draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017 that will provide the framework for how the Local Land Charges Register Service will work. We invite members to contribute to the Law Society’s response

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    Changes to CON29DW form announced

    2016-05-17T15:11:00Z

    The content of the CON29DW has been updated to reflect changes to legislation impacting the water industry

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    CON29 and CON29O enquiries update

    2016-05-17T14:51:00Z

    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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    Land Registry: new online ‘Application Enquiry’ search

    2016-03-11T17:05:00Z

    From 14 March, Land Registry portal users will be able to view information about their applications using a new search facility

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    You may well ask

    2016-02-22T12:52:00Z

    The High Court has awarded damages to a buyer following rescission of a property contract for fraudulent misrepresentations in pre-contractual enquiries. Peter Reekie has the facts

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    Law Society announces release date for revised CON 29 and CON 29O forms

    2015-10-14T17:19:00Z

    The Law Society’s revised CON 29 and CON 29O forms will go live on 4 July 2016. The aim of the revisions is to improve the quality and consistency of information provided by local authorities. We hope that this will mean that the information provided to people and businesses ...