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Children Law Specialist

Charlotte Bamber has been awarded the Law Society Children Law Accreditation, a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children in children law proceedings. The accreditation covers all types of children law work and is recognised by the Legal Aid Agency. It’s a way for clients and professionals (such as guardians) to choose a qualified practitioner when…
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Experienced conveyancer joins our team

I am pleased that Cath Steele has joined our firm after a lengthy career with a solicitors firm in Salisbury. Catherine Steele is our Licensed Conveyancer, she has over 16 years conveyancing experience and has been a full-time fee earner for 5 years. Catherine is a member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers which regulates…
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Consultation on ground rents in existing residential long leases opens 

The Government has today published its consultation seeking views on capping ground rents in long residential leases in England and Wales. The consultation is entitled “Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases”. The consultation period is 6 weeks and the consultation period will close on 21 December 2023. In June 2023, the Leasehold Reform…
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November discount on Wills and Conveyancing Quotes

For Wills and Conveyancing quotes only. In November, we are offering 10% off our fees net of vat. To claim this, please contact our solicitors.

King’s Speech announced Leasehold reform

King Charles III set out the measures that his government intends to bring forward in this session of parliament. Amongst those measures, it was announced that the government was to embark on further leasehold reform designed to make enfranchisement claims simpler and cheaper. Whilst the draft Bill has yet to be published (at the time…
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Conveyancing Process Part 3 – Investigation of Title

Investigation of title and contract The seller’s solicitor needs to examine the title to be able to draft a contract for the sale of the property. The draft contract should clearly explain the terms and conditions of the sale, the land agreed to be sold by the seller, and so on. Without a thorough investigation,…
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The Residential Conveyancing Process Part 2

Purchase first steps On a purchase, the buyer’s solicitor will start to instruct property searches early in the transaction. These searches are an important part of the conveyancing process as they allow the solicitor to build a complete picture of the property and the area around it. The searches are carried out by specialist firms…
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The Conveyancing Process Article One- The First Steps

There are different stages of conveyancing, but the end goal is transferring legal ownership of the land or property – known as the title – into the buyer’s name. The new ownership will then be registered with the Land Registry. There are key moments in all property transactions and to help you understand what happens…
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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reforms the divorce process. The act was passed in June 2020 and came into force on 6 April 2022. From 6 April, the new legislation: These changes also apply to the dissolution of civil partnerships.

Buying land? Make sure you check for easements

The principle of caveat emptor (“buyer beware”) makes site inspections an essential part of the due diligence process for acquisitions of development sites. Not only are site inspections the only way to find out certain types of information about a property, more often than not they also reveal information that should be discoverable through other…
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