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04th September 2017
If you own property but have no deeds to prove your ownership, you may hold possessory title to that property – and land registered in this way is more commonplace than you might think. Although possessory title often relates to small parcels of land rather than houses or entire plots it is possible that a substantial part of a property, or in some cases the…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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08th March 2017
When you agree to sell your property it is reasonable to expect to receive the best price possible and, in certain situations, the best possible price may be obtained by taking a share in a future increase in the value of your property, a sum that is customarily referred to as ‘overage’. As a seller, you may wish to negotiate overage if you have an…
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24th February 2017
Many of us, at one time or another, will ask a friend, employer, supplier or other work contact for a reference, and some of us will ourselves be approached as a potential referee. So, what are the key issues you should consider before agreeing to provide a formal employment reference? In most cases there is no obligation to provide a reference, so you could refuse.…
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15th December 2016
The onset of December brings a plethora of Christmasy films – so, when I recently turned on the TV and saw Rumpelstiltskin dancing around on the screen, it set me thinking. For those who are unfamiliar with the tale, gnome-like Rumpelstiltskin bails out a poor miller’s daughter by fulfilling her obligation to spin straw into gold (on pain of death). The first time he agrees…
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25th July 2016
Amidst all the current uncertainty, it may be a comfort to know that despite the UK’s long-standing membership of the EU, property law in the UK has remained essentially national with, for the most part, little intervention from the EU. As a result, it looks as though Brexit will have limited impact on how UK property is owned or dealt with. In particular, leaving the…
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04th December 2015
Stamp Duty on Property was abolished in 2003 and replaced with the confusing and similarly named Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).  Whereas the old Stamp Duty was based on a value stated in the document, SDLT is a tax on an Owner/Tenant not on the Property itself. In addition the old Stamp Duty rules were relatively straight forward whereas SDLT is assessed on the basis…
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28th October 2015
In recent years there has been increasing pressure on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to prevent tax avoidance and evasion in order to increase tax revenues. The vast majority of tax on individuals in the UK is collected by self-assessment. Tax Returns can be filed online and tax due calculated by online systems. It is therefore possible for HMRC to be completely unaware if a…
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