Interesting Articles, Guides, and Industry News
Do you have permission to sell on the open market?
The Charter for Social Housing: Social Housing White Paper was published on 17 November 2020.
David Roper explains the most common mistakes made by executors and how to avoid them.
With an increase in the ‘boomerang’ generation, Sarah Lightfoot-Webber looks at the rights of adult children living at home during a divorce
It was not going to be long before media reports of the inevitable online abuse of Messrs. Rashford, Sancho and Saka surfaced.
Article outlining the whiplash reforms which are due to come into force on 31 May 2021 and what they mean for road traffic accident victims seeking compensation
Sarah Lightfoot-Webber explains what additional considerations need to be taken if you are considering finalising your divorce before the matrimonial home is sold.
Our wills and probate solicitors explain the different legal rights afforded to married couples, civil partners and couples who are cohabiting
Behind every Business Interruption Insurance (“BII”) claim is a very human story...
Our family lawyers discuss the rights for same sex couples and their children following separation or divorce
According to the Health and Safety Executive there are 1.6 million workers in Great Britain suffering from work-related ill health.
Sarah Lightfoot-Webber takes a look at what to prepare before attending your first family mediation session.
“Watt” landlords should consider in light of the upcoming requirements coming into effect on 1 April 2021.
The commercial eviction ban has been extended until 30 June 2021.
Family lawyer Sarah Lightfoot-Webber looks at the considerations when signing a Pre-Nuptial Agreement.
Cladding: Since the Grenfell Tower fire, the regulations surrounding fire safety, particularly regards cladding, have changed. Sian Meredith explores how these regulations could affect leaseholders and building owners.
Reservation agreements (also known as lock out or exclusivity agreements) are being touted by government and various commentators in the property industry as an essential requirement in the house buying and selling process in order to add greater certainty and reduce abortive transactions.
Our personal injury solicitors explain how they can help you get compensation if you were injured on a construction site.
Sarah Lightfoot-Webber takes a look at why you may benefit from issuing divorce proceedings prior to the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 December 2020.
Our family lawyers look at how a spouse’s future earning capacity is treated in divorce.
The scheme will be ending on 1st February 2021 and your claim for a refund must be made by then.
Residential Landlord and Tenant Update – October 2020
Our civil litigation lawyers outline the process private residential landlords must now go through to regain possession of their property due to new Covid-19 rules
The legal professional press and on-line “twitterati” have been vociferous recently about the attitude of banks and financial institutions when one of their customers has died.
A blog which discusses your options if a dispute arises between you and your relative’s attorney, including the issuing of court proceedings to have them forcibly removed from their post
Sarah Lightfoot-Webber takes a look at how to decide and agree what time you and your former partner spend with the children.
On 08 September 2020 Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, made further announcements in respect of the government’s proposed investment into affordable housing.
New guidance has been Released in Relation to Residential Possession Proceedings
The leasehold homes scandal intensifies as CMA pursues enforcement action against private housing developers
"One donor has the potential to donate up to nine organs"
Our Wills and probate solicitors guide you through the key considerations relating to property when making a Will
New Notice Periods after 29 August 2020
Can landlords now proceed with court action?
Sarah Lightfoot-Webber takes a look at cross-border divorces within the UK in light of the recent Supreme Court decision of Villiers v Villiers 
One of the things the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted is how out of date are many of our laws and the way we practice them, and how inconvenient they are during a pandemic when we have to socially distance ourselves.
Digital signatures appear to be a work in progress with further modification likely.
The new equity loan scheme is available to first time buyers only and it will run for two years (1 April 2021 – 31 March 2023).
Bill Dhariwal asks whether, in view of a recent change in the law, landlords and letting agents must cease refusing to let properties to “DSS” tenants
Delivery driver accidents in the pandemic
What're the impacts of Estate Rentcharges on conveyancing transactions?
Your Questions Answered!
Sarah Lightfoot-Webber looks at how we can help you with spousal and child maintenance variations during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has now received Royal Assent, but what does that mean for you?
The government has further extended the restrictions on the ability of landlords to recover rent arrears from commercial tenants under business leases.
We explain the importance of making a new Will after your loved one’s death, to protect your financial position now and provide for your loved ones on your own passing.
Sarah Lightfoot-Webber looks at how we can continue to help you achieve financial separation from your spouse during the pandemic.
The government’s furlough scheme has been extended from 01 July 2020.
Why are Non-UK Residents Buying Property in the UK?
Covid-19 – A Quick Guide for Residential Property Landlords and Letting Agents
Commercial Rent Recovery – options for commercial landlords during Covid-19
The government has published guidance to encourage us back into the workplace.
Can I claim for Covid-19 business losses through business interruption insurance cover?
Do furlough agreements with my staff need to be in writing?
Have you been accused of posting something defamatory on social media? If so, this article explains what you need to do to limit the chances of being sued.
Useful guidance on how hearings will be conducted during the pandemic
Can you terminate a business contract due to the Covid-19 outbreak?
Don’t be caught out by changes to employment law due this month, Bill Dhariwal highlights the key reforms
How are legal documents such as deeds and wills to be signed and witnessed during the covid-19 pandemic? Bill Dhariwal sets out the various options.
Our family lawyers look at some of the frequently asked questions relating to family issues and the coronavirus
The Coronavirus Act 2020
David Roper explains who has the legal right to make care decisions in the absence of a power of attorney
A Modern World Calls for Modern Wills
The Government’s 2018 budget revealed that there will be changes to the current Help to Buy Equity loan scheme starting from April 2021.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 and further government guidance have introduced a number of tenant friendly measures in order to lessen the impact of the pandemic.
The government have announced in their recently published advice on home moving during the Covid-19 outbreak
Should I exchange contracts on my property transaction during the COVID-19 outbreak?
Preparing for the coronavirus pandemic
The Law Society have updated their practice note on flood risks.
The types of cladding associated with the Grenfell tragedy and the ongoing repercussions for leaseholders
Staircasing: A guide to purchasing more shares in your Shared Ownership property
The government has promised an ambitious programme of legal reform for the residential property sector in 2020.
The legal services market is changing fast. The main regulatory body for solicitors, the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA), is introducing new standards and regulations in order to keep pace.
We advise making a will or reviewing any existing will whenever your circumstances change significantly – and certainly in the event of engagement, marriage or divorce.
Lesley Price FCILEx Head of New Homes & Shared Ownership and, Bill Dhariwal, Managing Director, at Lawcomm Solicitors give their thoughts on the modern trend of non-couple co ownership and whether this can be a viable option for buyers struggling to fund a sole purchase.
This is a highly complex area of law and you should see a specialist solicitor who specialises in inheritance tax planning.
Kerry Leigh Upton discusses what types of cladding were associated with the Grenfell tragedy and the repercussions
Trying to fit Victorian laws into modern concepts
There are changes to regulations in our sector
Will the courts listen to children when parents separate? Children do not usually have to go to court, but their needs are paramount.
A commercial landlord who wants a tenant to leave in order to redevelop must prove that they have a viable scheme and genuinely intend to carry it out.
Representing yourself may sound like a good idea, but...
What does it mean for you?
An explanation of the title checks we carry out on your New home.
Property dispute, neighbour dispute, access to neighbouring land, party wall, boundary dispute, surveyor, mediation.
When someone dies, all the assets in the estate will need to be valued as early as possible – firstly for the probate court and secondly to calculate any inheritance tax.
Commercial landlords should discuss the new code of conduct for service charges with their solicitors and review their leases, before new rules come into force.
Easing the burden of taking Legal Action or receiving Legal Advice
What a health and welfare power of attorney is why it is useful
Planning to see your Children can be difficult when parents are separated
Do I have to attend Court?
The rules applicable to stamp duty and shared ownership transactions are not straightforward.
New Land Registry rules, measures to professionalise estate agents, referral fee transparency, faster searches and changes to requirements of property professionals set to reform the home buying process in the near future.
When purchasing a property, unmarried couples (cohabitees) do not have the same protection as married couples...when purchasing a property with your partner or someone else (such as a family member or friend) there are various deeds and documents that can be used to protect yourselves...
A leasehold property can be a secure investment for your future...purchasing a leasehold interest differs from freehold ownership and requires a number of careful considerations.
Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is any method used to facilitate the resolution of disputes outside of Court proceedings.
Buying a home with another person? Do you know what will happen if one of you dies?
There are many ways in which technology can be and is being used to improve efficiency and convenience for both conveyancers and clients...
A law firm announced last month that it is preparing to launch a group negligence action against conveyancing solicitors...
How your New Build Home could end up worthless.
What is Home Identity Fraud and how can you protect yourself?