Calling all landlords – Renters Reform Bill to be introduced in 2023

In the final months of 2022, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, announced that the highly anticipated Renters Reform Bill (RRB) would be introduced in 2023. This means that landlords in the private rented sector should be acting now to prepare themselves....

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Does a Conditional Order mean you are divorced?

Going through a divorce is undoubtedly a difficult experience. On top of the emotional and practical stresses, the paperwork involved in the divorce application can be frustrating and time consuming. When you apply for a divorce, there are four key stages you need to navigate; the divorce is onl....

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How long does an online divorce take?

Submitting a divorce application is not many people’s idea of a good time; it is, though, a necessary road to travel to arrive at your new life. Thankfully, you can improve the journey by enlisting an experienced Family Law specialist to act as your guide. Time for a change Since April ....

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Quirky – the name of 2022’s property game

In our Private Wealth Guide for 2022/23, we talked about a new property trend revealed by a survey conducted by TalkTalk. Many more British people appear to be searching for ‘quirky’ homes, with 37% saying they were on the lookout for unique features and unusual shaped spaces. Even more respond....

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Supporting Good Divorce Week 2022

The five days between 28 November and 2 December 2022 mark this year’s Good Divorce Week – an initiative from family law organisation, Resolution, to help divorcing and separating couples resolve their disputes outside of Court. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the family courts are fac....

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The contribution of private schools to the UK’s scientific and economic wealth

In our Private Wealth Guide to Hertfordshire and Essex for 2022/23, we featured some of the UK’s best private schools for excellence in sport and the dramatic arts. One of the characteristics that sets independent schools apart from their state counterparts is the facilities available to the stud....

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What is a Section 106 Agreement?

You might come across this term in connection with planning permission for a new building development in your area, a proposed supermarket or a housing project for example. Section 106 Agreements, commonly referred to as ‘developer contributions’, are governed by the Town and Country Planning Ac....

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Section 106 and 278 Agreements – what you need to know

If you’re a developer or anybody who has to deal with planning law in their line of work, you’ll likely have heard of Section 106 and 278 Agreements. These two types of legal agreement are made between developers and local planning authorities. Both are key components in any successful devel....

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Your ultimate guide to planning enforcement notices

If you have previously made, or are in the process of making, alterations to your property, a planning enforcement notice could ruin everything. You might have to cease building works, spend money on modifying the property or – in the worst-case scenario – demolish all your hard work. In thi....

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Should I take a lease that’s ‘outside’ of the Landlord and Tenant Act?

Renting a business premises can be stressful, especially when it comes to negotiating your lease. Both you and your landlord will be trying to secure the most advantageous terms for your respective businesses and, without legal expertise and knowledge behind you, you may find yourself agreeing to t....

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I am looking to assign my lease. What do I need to do?

Assigning a lease means transferring the legal interest in the lease to a new tenant. This means that the new tenant will take on all your legal rights and responsibilities set out in the lease. Assigning your lease can be an option if your lease doesn’t contain a break clause and your landlord i....

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Do I really need a solicitor to renew a commercial lease?

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, most business tenants (with some specific exceptions) have the legal right to renew their commercial lease. This right is only forfeited if you are in breach of the terms set out in your lease, your landlord wants to take the premises back for their own use, ....

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