December 2020

Property in Practice - magazine cover - December 2020



Goodbye, girl


Kate Mahon discusses the transformative effect the recent loss of her dog, Tess, has had on her – and how it’s made her a better private client lawyer

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Back to the future


Paul Bennett, chair of the Law Management Committee, looks to the year ahead, as firms begin to move away from short-term planning to focusing on the longer-term issues for their businesses


Francine Blanc

Racial diversity


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

Lucien cook

Market forces


Lucian Cook provides a personal view on the state of the property market in 2020, and what to expect in 2021

Conveyancing pipeline

Tuning the pipeline

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John Humpherson and Barry Wilkinson look at how to use pipeline management at different stages of your conveyancing process, to assess and improve everything from cashflow to time-recording

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On the safe side

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Phil Parkinson and Katie Edwards review the significant changes around building safety in the last year, including new legislation, the impact of the pandemic, and what might happen in the year ahead

Martin MacHale

Market economics


The ‘common renewal period’ for professional indemnity insurance ended on 1 October. Martin MacHale looks back at a particularly challenging period, and ahead to what to expect in the market next year

Anna Russell-Knee

Unplanned events


The government’s new planning white paper proposes significant changes to a planning system already changed by the pandemic. Anna Russell-Knee provides a personal perspective on the current planning system and the proposals

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Inner resources


The pandemic has put a strain on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing, exacerbated for property lawyers by the stamp duty land tax holiday. Kim Tasso looks at the role of resilience in overcoming difficulties, and how you can improve your resilience

Gavin Le Chat

Plan ahead


In the final article in his series on the property development process, Gavin Le Chat looks at the planning process

Nikki Bensoor

Head to head


Nikki Bensoor looks at how heads of terms are changing in the pandemic, and how the government’s Code for leasing business premises could support commercial lease negotiations

Noel Hunter

More haste…


As the pace of house sales quickens to take advantage of the stamp duty land tax holiday, Noel Hunter discusses how the Consumer Code for Home Builders can help buyers of new homes, and outlines what solicitors need to know

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Stamp of approval


In light of the current stamp duty land tax holiday, Caitlin Padmore offers some tips on working with clients to make sure they understand the tax and keep you updated if their situation changes

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