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    On the safe side

    2021-09-21T14:39:00Z

    In light of the Grenfell disaster, new fire safety legislation has been enacted. Rebecca Delaney and Fiona Bishop consider what it will mean for property practitioners

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    High hopes

    2021-06-08T00:00:00Z

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has devastated many UK industries – not least sections of the commercial property market. Lucy Trevelyan explores COVID-19’s lasting legacy for the sector and examines how it can evolve to survive

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    Help yourself

    2021-03-09T12:00:00Z

    The new Help to Buy scheme went live in December, and buyers under the previous scheme have until 31 May 2021 to legally complete their purchase. Kathryn Taylor outlines how the schemes differ, and the actions solicitors need to take

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    Racial diversity

    2020-12-08T00:00:00Z

    Francine Blanc looks at the problem of racism and a lack of diversity in the legal sector, including property law, and offers some ideas for what firms can do to improve racial diversity

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    Ups and downs

    2020-09-02T00:00:00Z

    Sarah Dwight provides a personal perspective on how lockdown has affected high street conveyancing firms, their clients, and the wider conveyancing market

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    Building blocks

    2020-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Anna Russell-Knee provides a beginner’s guide to section 106 obligations, including their purpose, what to consider when one appears on a local search, and the potential effects of the pandemic on these obligations

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    On the right foot

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    In the first in a series on what property solicitors need to know about different phases of the development process, Gavin Le Chat looks at the importance of a site inspection and other preliminary investigations

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    Down to earth

    2019-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Caroline May and Courtney Hassall provide a guide to common environmental issues which can affect property transactions, and offer tips for property lawyers to mitigate the risks

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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 

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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

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    New world

    2019-03-12T11:07:00Z

    Major regulatory change is on the horizon this year. Michael Garson looks at what the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new regime will mean for conveyancing practice, clients and the competitive environment

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    Setting off

    2018-12-05T10:21:00Z

    How can conveyancing solicitors turn one-off property transactions into fruitful, long-term relationships for their firm? Rachel Brushfield provides a beginner’s guide to cross-referring between practice areas.

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    Life after leave

    2018-09-05T00:00:00Z

    With Brexit now only six months away, investor sentiment remains positive, but there are broader challenges in the market which need to be resolved, from access to finance to housing supply. Paresh Raja explains

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    High street lows

    2018-06-06T00:00:00Z

    Every week seems to bring news of another major retail chain in financial crisis. Ambuja Bose and Georgina Eason look at the practical impact on commercial landlords of having an insolvent or potentially insolvent tenant

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    Common sense?

    2018-03-06T00:00:00Z

    The government’s recent announcement about setting ground rents for new leasehold houses and flats to zero may make commonhold a more attractive prospect than it has ever been since its commencement in 2004. James Driscoll explains.

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    Put your house in order

    2018-01-11T09:03:00Z

    In a volatile market, it may be hard to find time to address practice management, but, says Peter Rodd , you can’t afford not to. Are you eally working as efficiently and profitably as you can be? And if not, what can you do about it?

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    In the family

    2017-09-06T00:00:00Z

    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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    Fighting words

    2017-06-09T09:28:00Z

    The ripples are still being felt from the recent cases of Purrunsing , P P and Dreamvar . How are law firms responding, especially in the current limbo before the P P and Dreamvar appeals? Maria Shahid investigates

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    Be prepared

    2017-03-07T00:00:00Z

    The Property Section will be running a series of seminars on fraud and cybercrime this spring. Peter Rodd looks at the challenges facing conveyancers, and the steps you need to take to protect yourself now and in the future

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    Great minds

    2016-12-12T17:11:00Z

    Lucy Trevelyan examines the personality traits and ‘soft skills’ best suited to being a property law professional, how to develop these skills, and what clients are looking for from their property solicitor