Monthly Archives:: February 2017

Bishop & Sewell strengthens Leasehold Enfranchisement Team

New Senior Associate Solicitor, Stephen Charnock, joins the firm in our Landlord & Tenant team. Stephen specialises in Leasehold Enfranchisement and has more than 20 years’ experience in this complex area of law. Stephen dealt with some of the very first claims when the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act was enacted in 1993 introducing new enfranchisement rights for… Read more »

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ALEP 10th Anniversary Dinner & Conference – 23 March 2017 – London

Members of Bishop & Sewell will be attending ALEP’s 10th Anniversary Dinner and 20th conference being held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on 23rd March, 2017. The conference includes an array of speakers renowned for their expertise in this niche sector. The evening will reflect on a decade of key decisions and factors that have influenced… Read more »

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Help for Residents’ Associations from the FPRA

Running a successful private residents’ association is certainly not without its share of difficulties. While the directors of your association may have knowledge or expertise in certain areas, you will be all too aware that leasehold legislation is a complex area and expert advice and opinion can be costly and hard to come by. A… Read more »

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Members of PRAGMA

Bishop & Sewell have recently become members of PRAGMA, a leading international network of lawyers and consulting firms. PRAGMA provides a platform for our clients to access high quality legal professionals worldwide, with the cost-effectiveness and personalised service only independent, regional law firms provide. PRAGMA was established in 2001 and has member firms in Europe, Asia,… Read more »

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New Data Protection Rules

New rights, new responsibilities and new obligations are coming into force with the new Data Protection Rules due in May 2018. The new law fundamentally affects the way everyone uses data to market, provide services and run businesses. Amongst other things it will require you to notify the Information Commissioner’s office and the person concerned… Read more »

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White Paper on Housing: Fixing the Housing Market?

The Government has today published its White Paper on housing – see the paper entitled ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’. There are lots of interesting points including proposals to tackle abuses particularly in relation to the creation of long leasehold houses with ground rents – which is particularly pertinent given the recent media interest in… Read more »

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Call for change: adultery as a heterosexual act

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage by virtue of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, hope of equality for the LGBT community was reinforced. However, the current legal definition of adultery under the Act suggests that our law is inherently limited in its view of same-sex relationships. There may be trouble ahead… The Act itself… Read more »

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