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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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Mark Chick and Chris Macartney appear in The Hot 100

Recognising the most influential people within the residential leasehold sector, News on the Block has once again published it’s highly anticipated Hot 100. The list pulls together a range of professionals from leasehold campaigners, Parliamentarians, trade and professional bodies, managing agents, lawyers, valuers and developers. We are proud to announce that Mark Chick and Chris… Read more »

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Boundary Disputes – Protocol or Court?

  Concern has, over a number of years now been growing surrounding homeowners pursuing boundary disputes through the courts. The reasons for the concern centre on the ever increasing costs associated with court proceedings and that such costs very often outweigh the value of the property in dispute. Whilst courts do increasingly encourage use of… Read more »

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When does bad conduct matter?

  Perhaps unsurprisingly many people contemplating divorce are upset in some measure by the behaviour of their spouse or civil partner. They may shy away from mentioning, let alone complaining about it, or be so outraged that talking about that behaviour is uppermost in their minds; obviously the spectrum is wide. Mild behaviour petition If… Read more »

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Breaking news: Regulation of managing agents

  Sajid Javid has today announced a consultation on the regulation of managing agents. Further details appear at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/crackdown-on-unfair-managing-agents This is not the first time that government has looked at this issue, but it is a natural follow on from the White Paper on Housing ‘fixing our broken housing market’ and the recent consultation on… Read more »

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Legal 500 rankings 2017

  Bishop & Sewell is pleased to learn that the firm has been recognised for its expertise in this year’s Legal 500, an independent guide to the legal sector, in the following areas: London: Private client – Family – Tier 4 Bishop & Sewell LLP has ‘very experienced partners with proven expertise in both finance and children… Read more »

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Doctor Foster

I watched the second series of Doctor Foster with a growing sense of deja vu, as I’m sure many other family solicitors did. I watched in horror as the two parents tried really hard to hurt each other, succeeding on more than one occasion throughout the series. The emotional rollercoaster was obviously exaggerated for great… Read more »

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Is the Home Office trying to break the bank?

UK banks will be required to check the immigration status behind 70 million bank accounts From the 30 October 2017, banks and building societies will be obliged to carry out quarterly immigration checks on their consumers. This is the effect of Schedule 7 of the Immigration Act (2016), amending the Immigration Act (2014). The law,… Read more »

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