Real Estate

Chancellor announces changes to stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers but with no changes for the rest of the market

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As had been hinted at over the weekend, in today's Autumn Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") to assist first time buyers to be known as "Discount Relief". More …

'What a load of rubbish!' - Fly-tipping on private land

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With fly-tipping on the increase, private landowners are becoming more concerned about their rights and responsibilities. Our expert discusses the remedies for private land owners as well as the preventive measures that can be taken. More …

Purchasing with the benefit of planning permission: copyright laws

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Buyers should take care when purchasing a site with the benefit of planning permission from a seller who is not the applicant of the planning permission as there could be copyright implications. More …

Planning permission and copyright infringement: a cautionary tale

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The recent case of Signature Realty Ltd v Fortis Developments Ltd & Anor highlights the caution that developers should take when acquiring a site with planning permission. The case confirmed that copyright protection applies to architects' drawings. More …

Housing White Paper

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Mark Scott, a specialist in residential property at leading law firm Blake Morgan, said: “The publishing of today’s White Paper heralds a significant shift in the national housing strategy that should be welcomed by many buyers, sellers and housebuilders. More …

Stamp Duty Land Tax 3% surcharge ‘Replacement of only or main residence’ and the three-year rules

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The higher rates of SDLT are intended to apply to purchases of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy to let properties. More …

Conditional Contracts: do you have certainty?

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It is important to ensure that when considering a conditional contract that you instruct experienced legal representation, and are not tempted to rush the drafting. More …

Can allotments be appropriated if a development is strategically important?

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Whilst the bar is rightly set high, a recent case has shown that allotments are not sacred, that a sufficiently important development can displace them and that developers should not be discouraged from incorporating them into strategic developments. More …

Brexit: what this means for Real Estate

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Real Estate markets, whether commercial or residential, always prefer certainty. More …

The Queen's Speech - 18th May 2016

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Following the Queen's Speech on 18th May 2016, we analyse a number of the Bills that were announced as part of the State Opening of Parliament. More …