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Key points you need to know from the 2021 Budget

Posted on 04th March 2021 in Family Law, Employment, Residential Property, Later Life Planning, Company & Commercial, Coronavirus Pandemic

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the 2021 Budget, which extended several Coronavirus support schemes and outlined plans for the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Predictions for what could be in the 2021 Budget

Posted on 01st March 2021 in Employment, Residential Property, Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

With less than a week to go until the next Budget, on 3rd March 2021, speculation is rife as to what Chancellor Rishi Sunak may announce. With the pandemic affecting the country for more than a year, there are likely to be numerous Covid-related support measures announced.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Possible extension to the stamp duty holiday

Posted on 17th February 2021 in Residential Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Coupled with operations restrictions, the stamp duty holiday has slowed almost every part of the conveyancing process. Surveyors, mortgage lenders, search agencies and conveyancing lawyers are struggling to meet demand which means that the average property transaction completion time has increased from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. As a result, current new buyers are unlikely to meet the March 31st deadline to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends?

Posted on 03rd February 2021 in Family Law, Dispute Resolution, Residential Property

Separation is never easy, but if you and your former partner own property together, the situation can be even more complicated.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Do I have to pay Capital Gains Tax when selling your home?

Posted on 26th October 2020 in Residential Property, Later Life Planning

You may not be aware that you do not have to pay Capital Gains Tax when selling your home, but the detail of the rules are a little more complex than this though.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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I have exchanged contracts on my sale/purchase, but the other party wants to call a halt because of Covid-19. What happens?

Posted on 01st May 2020 in Residential Property

Residential property contracts will be governed by the Law Society’s standard conditions of sale. These conditions do not include any provisions to expressly cover the event of a pandemic or epidemic, or otherwise the death or serious illness of a party.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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I was going to sell my house. Should I wait until all this is over?

Posted on 24th April 2020 in Residential Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

While every transaction is different, it will generally take 2-3 months from the date a buyer is found to the buyer getting the keys, i.e. completion. Taking into account that lead-in time, there is logic in sellers still trying to get their house sales tied up now, and we continue to be instructed on new deals.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Support in the property market during Coronavirus

Posted on 27th March 2020 in Residential Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Moving house can be stressful at the best of times, but the current unsettled situation surrounding Coronavirus brings with it a set of new challenges and uncertainty.

Posted by

Vernon Clarke

Partner and Solicitor

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Adverse possession – an explanation of the reality behind ‘squatter’s rights’

Posted on 25th March 2020 in Residential Property

A concern for a property owner with vacant land and buildings is the possibility of third parties taking up residency on that land or within a building.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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To Make Your Home Your Castle, Be Sure Who Owns the Drawbridge….

Posted on 19th April 2019 in Residential Property

The Government has announced plans to tackle unfair leaseholder arrangements on new build properties, but in the meantime, as the Spring housing market gets into full swing, it’s worth understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold property. 

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Guide to Buying a New Build Home

Posted on 11th April 2019 in Residential Property

Buying your home is probably the most expensive investment that you will ever make so it pays to get the right advice. As one of the oldest and largest firms in the South West, we aim to provide you with a swift and expert service at a competitive price.

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Jessica Betts

Paralegal

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Putting the kids first; how to minimise fallout from a family breakdown – a five step guide

Posted on 06th April 2019 in Family Law, Residential Property

A child may feel torn between both parents or angry and one or both parents for the relationship breaking down. Every situation will be different and depend on the unique circumstances of the family unit, but it should be everyone’s concern that the children are protected from any animosity between the parents.

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor