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    Fall colour


    Property Section chair Warren Gordon provides updates on some of the key issues in property law and practice, including Dreamvar and leasehold, and looks ahead at the Property Section’s autumn events

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    Property Section committee vacancies

    The Property Section is looking for residential or commercial property practitioners to join our Property Section committee.

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    Webinar: Implications of Dreamvar (OnDemand)

    This webinar will help you to understand the complexities surrounding the decision and the impact this will have on you and your clients. 

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    IFRS 16 and its impact on real estate leases


    A change introduced on 1 January 2019, makes significant changes to lease accounting for affected commercial tenants, which is likely to influence the length of leases taken by tenants in future and impact tenants’ earnings and liabilities, with consequential effect on covenant tests

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    A knotty problem


    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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    Law Commission consults on Commonhold


    The Law Commission has published its consultation paper on commonhold reform: ‘Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership’. The consultation period is open until 10 March 2019 .

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    Law Society responds to consultation on reforming the leasehold system


    Problems in the leasehold system have needed fixing for a long time. The Law Society has offered solutions on reforming the leasehold system in its response to a government consultation.

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    Take it easy: what qualifies as an easement?


     Kate Andrews considers how the Supreme Court has expanded the law of easements in relation to leisure and amusement in a recent appeal decision.

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    The grand scheme


    The Law Society has announced the relaunch of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Changes will start taking effect from 2019. What will the changes mean in practice?

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    Library FAQ: Where do I find precedents for overage payments?


    The Law Society Library explains where you can find sources of clauses for overage payments and development clawback.

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    Loud and clear


    From 6 December 2018, conveyancers will need to publish price- and service-related information on their websites. Sarah Brodie looks at what this could mean in practice

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    HMRC to run webinar on Budget changes to SDLT


    The webinar will run from 14:00-15:00 on 12 December, and will cover the reduction in the time limit for filing a SDLT return and paying the tax due, the extension of the time limit for claiming a refund of the higher rates when a previous main residence is sold, and ...

  • Wayne Johnson

    You should know better


    Wayne Johnson explains how elements of the know-your-client process could be automated to reduce costs, increase productivity, free up human experts to apply their experience and judgement, and protect firms against money laundering

  • Andrew Smith

    Party politics


    With residential extensions becoming more popular, conveyancers are more likely to encounter works authorised under the Party Wall Act 1996. Andrew Smith explains how the act works and offers some practice points

  • Jim Meakin

    Capital idea


    The rule around exemption from capital gains tax on our homes seems simple, but actually has a number of complexities. Jim Meakin explains

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    Brick by brick


    Self- and custom-build are becoming increasingly common. Charlie Blagbrough argues that this development could reinject diversity into house building and supply, and explains how the lending process works in this market

  • Oliver Pannell

    After the fire


    Following the Grenfell fire, freeholders and leaseholders are facing significant difficulties in ensuring their homes are safe and that defective cladding is replaced. Oliver Pannell provides an update on the government’s response and recent case law

  • Angelo Piccirillo

    Winning streak


    Conveyancing firm AVRillo has received a host of industry awards and effusive praise on consumer review websites. Co-founder and partner Angelo Piccirillo explains the secrets of its success to Duncan Wood

  • Eddie Davies

    Street smarts


    HM Land Registry is working to harness technology to improve the homebuying process for both the public and solicitors. Eddie Davies provides an update on its digital projects, including Digital Street

  • Russell Hewitson

    Support system


    Russell Hewitson , chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee, provides an update on the committee’s work representing and supporting the profession, including around leasehold, fraud and the electronic execution of documents