March 2021

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Warren Gordon

Hope for the best

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As the government announces a roadmap to lift England and Wales out of lockdown, Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at what the Section and the Law Society will focus on in the year ahead, from electronic signatures to ground rents

Features

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Leaps and boundaries

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There is anecdotal evidence that boundary disputes have been on the rise during the pandemic, as we all spend more time at home. Will Oakes looks at why these disputes are so common and how they can be resolved without court involvement

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Dream machine

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Nick Kirby and Tom Grogan provide an overview of developments in commercial proptech, including around machine learning, diligence, and the Internet of Things

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The rules of civility

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Stefano Lucatello provides a back-to-basics guide to some of the differences that apply in civil law jurisdictions, around purchasing property and making wills

Peter Rodd

Pushed for money

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Peter Rodd looks at three key areas of risk facing conveyancers today: push payment fraud, money laundering and additional enquiries

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Mine of information

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David Manda and Claire Acklam offer legal and practical advice on how mines and minerals rights may impact on or interfere with the development of land

Chris Pope

Better together

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Chris Pope outlines the next steps in HM Land Registry’s transformation programme, what improvements you should expect to see and how you can get involved

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Remote control

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Lorraine Richardson considers some of the risks that remote working presents for conveyancing firms, and what they can do to mitigate them

Kathryn Taylor

Help yourself

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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

John Baguley

Fire safety update

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John Baguley, who oversaw the introduction of the EWS1 form and process, explains how the process works in practice, and what might change next around fire safety and cladding

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Fault lines

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Suzanne O’Hara looks at some of the common errors made in stamp duty land tax, and how these can be addressed

Richard Oliphant

Sign of things to come

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Richard Oliphant looks at how e-signing platforms like Adobe Sign and DocuSign will underpin HM Land Registry’s plans to digitalise conveyancing and land registration in England and Wales

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