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Major reforms for ‘outdated’ planning system

Sweeping reforms proposed by the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, are set to revolutionise the planning landscape in a ‘once in a generation’ shakeup. He says the proposed changes will speed up the construction of much-needed new homes. Critics say they will simply create a ‘generation of s....

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Myth busting – the Stamp Duty holiday

On 8 July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the threshold at which no Stamp Duty is payable on property purchases was to be increased from £125,000 to £500,000 until 31 March 2021. The Stamp Duty ‘holiday’, as it has become known, is designed to encourage reluctant buyers back into the p....

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Why do collaborative lawyers need specialist training?

Taking your case to court is not the only way to resolve your financial issues when getting a divorce. Especially when there are children involved, collaborative family law can help couples to come to an agreement in a calm, non-confrontational environment, which can help them remain on good terms ....

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Don’t miss out on the ‘Stamp Duty holiday’

Following on the heels of his £160bn coronavirus support package in March, Rishi Sunak stood up once again in the House of Commons on 8 July to unveil the second phase in the government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic – “a plan for jobs”. As well as plans to get young people i....

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How collaborative law can protect your children’s wellbeing

Divorce is extremely emotional and stressful for everybody involved. But for your children, it can be particularly tough. The dissolution of a marriage can be hard for adults to understand, let alone young children, who often experience feelings of shock, uncertainty, anger, and even guilt. If your....

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Landmark Court of Appeal decision welcomed by landlords

On 18 June 2020, the Court of Appeal handed down its long-awaited decision on the Trecarrell House Ltd v Rouncefield case, offering hope for landlords regarding the contentious issue of whether failing to provide a gas safety record to a tenant, before they take occupation of a property, prevents t....

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Cancelled a holiday due to coronavirus? Know your rights

Millions of people have had their holiday plans disrupted over the last few months as coronavirus has halted both international and domestic travel. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is now advising against all non-essential travel until further notice, meaning that would-be holidaymakers are des....

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Eviction ban extended for a further two months

On 5 June, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that the current ban on evicting tenants from both social and privately rented accommodation would be extended for a further two months. Originally due to end on 25 June, the ban was first put in place in March to protect vulnerable renters from....

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How making an LPA can save your loved ones time, money and stress

Many people believe that if a family member was unable to manage their affairs, they would automatically be allowed to step in and make decisions in their loved one’s place. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This misconception can mean that families are faced with time-consuming and expensive ....

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LPAs – a lifeline in uncertain times

The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that unexpected events can have a serious and lasting impact on our lives. In particular, it has left thousands of people stranded at home and unable to manage their affairs. Yet, just 5% of specialist legal practitioners have seen a marked increase in clients ....

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Want your own home office? Don’t forget these planning considerations

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a seismic shift in the way we live and work in just a few short months. Many businesses have realised that they can successfully work from home, while some are even thinking of shutting their offices permanently and asking their staff to work remotely full time. ....

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Changes to rent collection methods

While the government says that most landlords and tenants are working well together to find mutually suitable solutions during the coronavirus lockdown, landlords have continued to exercise rent collection methods with a view to ensuring that rent continues to be paid. To help High Street busine....

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