Legal Blog

Buying a Property "off plan"

A recent High Court case illustrates the dangers of  buying “off plan” and these are dangers that all buyers need to be warned about. The case involved a proposed redevelopment of a hotel in Birkenhead into 62 flats. The flats were...

PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY FROM FRAUD

In partnership with the Land Registry we are making our clients aware of the risks of property fraud. The Land Registry has identified certain categories of owners who may be more susceptible to fraud such as: Elderly owners who are in hospital or who...

Price Transparency

From 6 December 2018, the transparency rules mean solicitors must display prices and service information. Price information must be presented in a clear and easy to understand format. Solicitors must also: Provide a total cost, if this is not possible...

EMPLOYMENT - SELF EMPLOYED OR EMPLOYEE?

Are you confused or concerned of your own status or the status of your workers in the light of all the fuss around the Uber drivers or the Pimlico plumbers who came before the Supreme Court for a decision? The Supreme Court made a number of decisions in...

Changes to SDLT

Changes to SDLT - Main Residence Relief for properties sold prior to replacement. The legislation ensuring that the surcharged rate of SDLT is not chargeable where a purchaser makes a qualifying replacement of a main residence, is changing from 26...

IS YOUR PARTNER MOVING IN WITH YOU?

When two people decide to cohabit, it is often an exciting, happy time – and chances are you don’t want to think about what might go wrong. You should however consider that even where your partner will not be an owner of the property there can...

Neighbour Boundary Disputes

A minor disagreement between neighbours can quickly and easily escalate into a full scale dispute sometimes involving Solicitors’ letters and threats of expensive Court action. The cost of protecting your right to land in Court can be prohibitive and...

Probate fee increases - is it a new stealth tax on estates?

If a person dies with bank accounts, shares, investments or a property in their sole name, it is often the case that a Grant of Representation is needed before their estate can be passed on to the intended beneficiaries. Earlier this month, the Government...

Owning property jointly - Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common?

As Will writers we regularly find ourselves explaining the difference between Joint Tenants and Tenants in Common and how the different type of ownership of property can affect your Will.   When property is purchased, or inherited by joint owners,...

The perils of trying to get away with it

There are very few things calculated to make matters worse than futile efforts to get away with offences. The most obvious example is to give a false name when being stopped by a Police Officer. If you do that you have added to whatever offence you have...
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