March 2020

Property in Practice magazine cover - March 2020

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Warren Gordon

A chunk of change

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Warren Gordon looks at some key changes affecting property practitioners, including the government’s plans to reform leasehold

Features

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On the right foot

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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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Moving on

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In the second of a two-part series on complaints, Rebecca Atkinson looks at what steps you should be taking when a complaint has been received, and how best to resolve complaints to avoid them reaching the Legal Ombudsman

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The fine print

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In November, real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE was hit with a fine of €14.5m under the General Data Protection Regulation. Clare Harman Clark looks at the role of property solicitors in helping their clients abide by the regulation

Michael Garson

Star gazing

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Michael Garson outlines some of the key features of the new regulatory environment, following the introduction of the new SRA Standards and Regulations

Julie Blunsom

At your service

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Julie Blunsom explains how HM Land Registry’s two new services – the Pre-submission Enquiry Service and Application Management Service – work in practice, and how you can find out more

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Clear water

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If you are acting for a buyer of a property on a water course, do you know the rights they might have, and the liabilities that might arise? Richard Bagwell outlines the principles

Richard Oliphant

Digital watch

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Richard Oliphant looks at the emergence of cloud-based digital signatures. He argues that this development should help to allay concerns about the cross-border validity and enforcement of electronic signatures, and establish a new standard for executing client transactions

Amanda Potter

Intelligence gathering

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Emotional intelligence can be a leader’s greatest asset, or if ignored, their greatest risk. Dr Amanda Potter looks at why EQ matters in the workplace, and how you can develop yours

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Chapter and reverse

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The construction VAT reverse charge comes into force this October. Ronan Lowney and Michelle Essen explain the changes and what those involved in construction and development need to do next

Warren Gordon

Environmental cost

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From April 2020, it will be unlawful to continue to let a residential property with an energy performance certificate rating below E. Warren Gordon provides a timely update on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Richard Mathias

Home fee

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Richard Mathias looks at the current state of referral fees in the property sector. What effect have they had in practice? Why is a ban on referral fees being considered? And how can the existing system be improved?

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