November 2017 Archive

What the 2017 Budget didn't say…

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Compared to recent years, Mr Hammond's Budget of November 2017 could be described as relatively benign, particularly given the relatively low impact it is likely to have on most households. But sometimes it is the unsaid that is more telling and we look at what might lie ahead in 2018. More …

Judge orders surrogate mother to hand child over to its intended same sex parents

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In the recent case of H (A Child: Surrogacy Breakdown) [2017] EWCA Civ 1798 the Judge ordered the surrogate mother to hand the child (H) over to its intended same sex parents ((A) and (B)). More …

What 2017's Autumn Budget Does and Doesn't Do for Charities

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This week's budget made few mentions of the voluntary sector, and you might be forgiven for thinking the Chancellor had forgotten all about it. Scratch beneath the surface, however, and some changes can be found that will impact on charities which we explore below. More …

SDLT surcharge - Expiry of the transitional period on 26th November 2018

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25 November 2017 marks the second anniversary of the 2015 Autumn Statement in which the Government announced that “higher rates of stamp duty land tax” would apply to purchases of “additional residential properties” starting on 1 April 2016. More …

“I Do” x 2 – succession planning on second marriages

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The Office of National Statistics reported that the UK's divorce rate has increased. But what happens to succession if someone decides they want to re-marry? Elya Jacobs from our Private Client team explains the law in this area. More …

Dispatches: the great housing scandal

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A Channel 4 programme on "The Great Housing Scandal" highlighted the insufficient quantity of affordable housing that is currently being provided, with a particular focus on the dearth of social rented units. Here, Sara Hanrahan explores the insufficient quantity of affordable housing that is currently being provided. More …

Permitted development rights for light industrial buildings now in force

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The new permitted development right allowing change of use from a light industrial building to a dwelling house came into force this October. Sadie Pitman and Sara Hanrahan discuss the change and the impact it might have. More …

The house in multiple occupation (HMO) loophole

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The BBC's 'Inside Out London' broadcast shone a spotlight on the growing phenomena of landlords carving up suburban houses into HMOs. Sadie Pitman explains the impact this is having on the housing market. More …

Government issues draft Tenant Fees Bill banning residential letting fees

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In the Chancellor's 2016 Autumn Statement, the Government announced its proposal to ban agents from charging letting fees to tenants on residential lettings. Oliver Waxman explains what impact this will have on landlords and tenants. More …

Should social housing be a "permitted disposal" on which no overage is payable?

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The case of Burrows Investments Ltd and Ward Homes Ltd is another case highlighting the importance of careful drafting and negotiation of overage provision. Our expert explains what happened in the case. More …