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Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for first-time buyers

During this year’s Autumn Budget, it has been announced that from 22 November, 2017 Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) would not be paid on first-time buyers’ purchases of up to £300,000.00. The announcement from Philip Hammond came amid wide-ranging measures aimed at boosting house building in the UK, putting the UK’s housing shortage at the… Read more »

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A new Pre-action Protocol for Debt claims

Is it a Lessee’s charter to avoid payment of service charges? The Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims (“the Debt Protocol”) came into force on 1 October 2017. It applies to any debt claim where a business (including sole traders and public bodies) is seeking to recover payment of a debt from an individual debtor (including… Read more »

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Landlord: I have an Order for Possession – what now?

Evicting a tenant is often a difficult and drawn out process for residential landlords. Of course, landlords must comply with requisite notice periods and issue proceedings (mostly in the County Court) with a view to obtaining a warrant of possession of the rental property; a process which often takes several months in itself. Even after… Read more »

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Promotions at Bishop & Sewell

We are delighted to announce two promotions for the firm: Helen Langworthy, Head of our Private Client team becomes a Partner and Michael Kashis, currently a Partner and Head of our Company Commercial team, now joins the Equity Partnership team, which comprises Stephen Bishop (Founder and Managing Partner), Michael Gillman (Senior Partner), Ossie Swaine (Partner), Nick… Read more »

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UK post-Brexit vision for EU citizens draws fire from MEPs

  The government’s latest proposals for the future of EU citizens living in this country have drawn fire from the European Parliament, which claims there are still “major issues” with the UK’s approach. The government’s newly published ‘Technical Note’ was intended to allay the concerns of EU nationals and their families but has been criticised… Read more »

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Mark Chick speaking at the PSG Conference in London on 7th November 2017

Mark Chick is speaking at the PSG Conference in London today providing a Leasehold Update and looking particularly at the Government’s recent consultation paper ‘Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market.’ Mark has been involved in the consultation and has commented on this to the DCLG. The talk is high topical given the recent focus… Read more »

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Are lock out agreements the way forward?

  Government calls for an end to gazumping in conveyancing: are lock out agreements the way forward? Once again the thorny issue of “gazumping” is being brought to the forefront by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. Housing has always been a hot political issue, even more so with the ever increasing housing shortage. To understand gazumping,… Read more »

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