Knowledge

Changes to the Consumer Code
24 April, 2017

The Consumer Code for Home Builders (“the Code”) has been under extensive revision since 2016 and as a result, it has been announced that there is now a Fourth Edition of the Consumer Code Scheme and the Home Builder ‘Requirements and Good Practice Guidance’. The new edition of the Code will come into effect for […]

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Probate fee increase cancelled
21 April, 2017

The Government has scrapped plans to introduce the controversial new fee scale, saying that  Theresa May’s recent decision to call a snap general election means that there is insufficient time to bring these changes into force.   When is a probate fee payable? When someone dies, before the people dealing with their affairs can access […]

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Guide to Shareholders Rights
28 March, 2017

Minority shareholders have certain statutory rights under the Companies Act 2006 and these are summarised below.  Please refer to the text of each section of the Companies Act 2006 for full details.   Section   Notes       21 Special resolution required to amend articles of association Not less than 75% of vote 32 A right to […]

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Guide to the Law Relating to Shareholders Disputes
28 March, 2017

Boardroom Disputes / Shareholders Disputes – a layman’s guide to the law and remedies The law that underlies most boardroom disputes and shareholders disputes is complex and technical.  This guide outlines the key legal concepts that are relevant to the resolution of any such dispute.  It looks at the various remedies available to shareholders including […]

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Fees to register a Power of Attorney will go down from 1 April 2017
24 March, 2017

The fees for registering a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or its predecessor, an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), will decrease from 1 April 2017. The draft Public Guardian (Fees, etc) Amendment Regulations 2017 were approved without amendment on 21 March 2017, putting an end to doubts about whether there would be enough parliamentary time […]

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Managing allegations of historic abuse in the charity sector
16 March, 2017

In the last few years, and in particular since the launch of Operation Yewtree, media reports of allegations of historic abuse against children seem to have, sadly, become more frequent.  So much so, that it is now easy to associate these sorts of allegations as being made against specific individuals, such as those in the […]

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Why health and care lasting powers of attorney matter
15 March, 2017

Health and care lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) are becoming increasingly common and so it is important that healthcare professionals know what the document does and how this affects the relationship with the patient. An LPA gives authority to an attorney to make decisions on behalf of the patient. There are two types: financial decisions, […]

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Massive increases in Probate fees – The new model
9 March, 2017

The Government has just announced that probate fees will rise, in some cases by substantial amounts, with the stated aim of helping to fund the modernisation of the courts and tribunals service.  The changes are expected to take effect in May 2017 – as yet there is no exact date. What are probate fees?  When […]

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Build to Rent Consultation
6 March, 2017

Introduction Build to Rent (BTR) started in the 1920s and 1930s as insurance companies and other investors developed homes specifically for private rent, but it declined post-war thanks to rent controls and regulation.  The government wants planning policy to be recast to support BTR. The DCLG has therefore published a consultation paper seeking views on […]

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Stay cyber safe
2 March, 2017

Our society has obtained numerous benefits from technological advances such as the internet, modern forms of communication and data storage. However, these technologies have also been exploited by those who seek to unlawfully acquire our data, traditionally for financial gain, but also for political and ideological motivations. This type of unlawful activity is known as […]

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Do you own a leasehold flat? Don’t forget to pay the ground rent!
2 March, 2017
by: Cripps

If you are the owner of a leasehold flat you will be aware of the raft of obligations you have to comply with as tenant under the lease. They will vary from an obligation to pay a contribution towards the service charges to limitations as to what alterations you are permitted to undertake to the […]

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How to protect yourself from property fraud
2 March, 2017
by: Cripps

Property fraud occurs most commonly where fraudsters try to obtain legal ownership of your property or by raising money by mortgaging the property without the owner’s knowledge and disappearing without making repayments.  Land and buildings are usually the most valuable assets people own, it is important that property owners do all they can to ensure […]

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