September 2021

PIP Magazine cover - September 2021



The pandemic year


Property Section chair Warren Gordon is stepping down in October. He reflects on his tenure and looks ahead at how the Property Section and the Law Society will continue to support members in the future


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Mandatory rental auctions


In a significant shakeup to the high street, the government is proposing mandatory rental auctions. Michael Duncan considers the proposals and outlines how they might work in practice

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Climate duty of care?


With climate change threatening millions of UK properties, the debate about whether or not lawyers have a duty of care for clients has come increasingly under the microscope

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Registering interest


As part of a wider package of measures in the fast-tracked Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022, a Register of Overseas Entities has been set up at Companies House for beneficial owners of overseas entities that own UK property. Warren Gordon looks at how it will impact on real ...

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On the safe side

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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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Standard bearers


Mike Harlow of HM Land Registry provides an update on developments in the digital conveyancing process and what to expect in the future

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On cyber alert


Clive Newport explains what you can do to avoid cyber threats as the professional indemnity insurance market hardens

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From the ground up


Matthew Weal discusses whether the government’s proposed leasehold reforms are a welcome development or just not fit for purpose

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Moving target


Phil Nicklin examines the government’s proposals for a residential property developer tax and the impact it may have on the property sector


Suspicious minds


Keeping abreast of possible anti-money laundering breaches is more important than ever. Rebecca Atkinson explains what activities should be considered suspicious

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Talent contest


Recently, property firms have been busier than ever and due to a mixture of factors, good staff are more difficult to recruit. Julie Harrison outlines the key issues and how firms can attract and retain talent

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A question of proportion

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Phil Parkinson and Katie Edwards look at the issues surrounding apportioning service charges – an area that continues to create contention and confusion for property practitioners

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Advance information


With the recent flurry of property sales, Peter Rodd considers what prospective buyers should know before making an offer?

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Escape to the country

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In the second of a two-part series, Julie and Fred Butler provide a beginner’s guide for conveyancers to some of the key tax issues relating to agricultural property

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Building blocks


Matthew Hearsum reviews the law relating to party walls and how the Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies to conveyancing transactions

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The next frontier

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A new model for serviced offices differs sharply from the traditional lease and landlord and tenant relationship. Sophie Henwood and Hugo Brown explain the evolution of work space

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