ID, AML and Fraud

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New guidance on VAT on disbursements


The Law Society has issued new guidance to help firms decide whether items such as property search fees may be treated as disbursements for VAT purposes.

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HMRC gives guidance on applying SDLT to dwellings


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published new guidance on the meaning of “dwelling” in its Stamp Duty Land Tax Manual (SDLTM).

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The SRA’s new Standards and Regulations – are you prepared?


The SRA Handbook is being replaced by the Standards and Regulations from 25 November 2019, changing the way the profession is governed.


Law Commission confirms electronic signatures are legally valid


Documents signed electronically have legal force, the Law Commission has said in an attempt to clear up lingering doubts.

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Features and opinion

  • safety-hard-hat

    Building in safety


    Simon Lewis looks at developments on building safety following the Hackitt review and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s consultation paper, Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

  • Richard Tindall

    The balance of power


    Commercial property practitioners will sometimes come across a situation where a transaction is complicated by the insolvency or pending insolvency of a seller. Richard Tindall looks at the application of the lender’s power of sale where a seller is insolvent

  • Sharing - two people looking at building split in half

    A problem shared


    David Keighley looks at how shared ownership works in practice, including the key terms of shared ownership leases, extending leases and the second-hand market

  • John Pearce

    Onwards and upwards


    The government is planning to introduce a new permitted development right for upwards extensions, as part of its plans to deliver new homes. John Pearce outlines the plans and what they might mean in practice

  • Amanda Clack

    Welcome to our house


    Diversity and inclusion is essential in any organisation, but even more so in real estate, where we work to create a better community and built environment for the next generation. Amanda Clack looks at how you can support diversity and inclusion in your business

  • Mike Harlow

    Lay of the land


    Mike Harlow talks about HM Land Registry’s change programme

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