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27th July 2015
As a tenant, when you sign on the dotted line and complete a lease, independent of solicitors, you may think that is the ‘job done’ It’s signed, it’s dated however, is it registered? If the lease is for a term for seven years or more, it must be registered at the Land Registry according to statute. This mandatory registration must happen within two months of…
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27th July 2015
Help to Buy Scheme   Are you a fully paid up member of Generation Rent (© Halifax)?  Are you finding a combination of high property prices, the lenders unwillingness to lend and your boss inexplicably failing to give you that pay rise you deserve a bar to you being able to buy your first property?  Well if so, the government’s Help to Buy Scheme (HTB)…
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10th July 2015
If you take a lease of commercial premises, it will usually be an”FRI”, or full repairing and insuring lease. It surprises many people to learn that a tenant entering into an FRI lease takes on complete responsibility for repairs, even though the tenant was not responsible for the disrepair, or the disrepair already existed when the lease was granted. With this in mind, tenants should…
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03rd July 2015
This past week has seen some wildly inaccurate media reporting of the legal costs involved in clinical negligence claims. The Government is proposing a fixed fee system which will heavily reduce the costs paid to solicitors who act for successful claimants following medical accidents and errors. In 2012/2013 the NHS paid £1.258 billion to settle claims for medical negligence. Of that, £258 million, or just…
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26th June 2015
As of April 2015 the 10% starting rate of tax for savings income has been simplified. Savers will now pay no income tax on their savings where their total income is below £15,600. Where the saver’s total income exceeds £15,600 but the amount from non-savings income is less than this figure part of their savings income will be tax free. A new £1,000 personal savings…
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19th June 2015
Not everything in life is straightforward and this certainly applies to the administration of deceased’s estates on occasion with some scenarios testing even the most experienced of practitioners. Aside from the usual challenge of having to diligently research the assets and liabilities of the deceased, Personal Representatives may face additional complications.  These vary in nature and can result from ambiguity in a will, discrepancies in…
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10th June 2015
If you are expecting an article about a film concerning drummers, or indeed about the world of a particular dominatrix, then we are sorry to disappoint! We remember the day when it was thought acceptable for a person with a whiplash type neck or back injury to pursue a compensation claim resulting from an accident. Clients tended to be referred by local recommendation. The consequences…
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03rd June 2015
When relationships break down, a diversity of problems arise, ranging from financial to children arrangements, even who should retain the dog. Rightly, many people are wary of using solicitors. Sometimes, lawyers can serve to polarise and inflame an already difficult situation. Lawyers in this country are part of what can be characterised as an adversarial system. We have Claimants, Defendants, Petitioners and Respondents. All these…
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29th May 2015
Not making a will can have a huge impact so you might be surprised to learn that more than 2/3 of the UK's population have yet to complete this very important task. If someone dies without making a valid will they are said to have died 'Intestate' and their estate is then 'administered' (distributed) according to the rules of 'Intestacy' rather than in the way…
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20th May 2015
If you are planning to sell or rent a Property it is important to be ready to produce all the necessary documents that a Buyer/Tenant will expect to see as part of the investigation process.  Regardless of how quickly your solicitor can work, a delay in production of the supporting paperwork at the start of the transaction will have a knock on effect and can,…
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