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Commonwealth, Community and Charity

Caroline Mann
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The Birmingham Commonwealth Games event is on track to be the most successful games in history, with more than 1.5 million tickets sold, and the city of Birmingham reporting August to be the busiest month the city has ever enjoyed. We were very proud to be...

Feldon Dunsmore Summer Vacation Scheme

Bethan Blackburn
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Over the past few months, the Feldon Dunsmore team have hosted a number of interns as part of our Summer Vacation Scheme, which is now nearly drawing to a close for this year. This week, we have had the pleasure of having two interns temporarily joining the...

Safe Harbour - Is the Ship Coming in For Conveyancers?

Harvey Gibbs
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In a previous blog I talked about property fraud. Following on from that I would like to highlight the steps that all residential and commercial property conveyancers need to take to check the identity of their clients. This is something that conveyancers...

Life after law school: what's next?

Christie John
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With exam season coming to an end, many law students will be relieved to have finally shut their textbooks and submitted their assignments as they enjoy their summer break and look forward to upcoming graduation celebrations. Graduating from law school is...

Heads of terms - the benefits and dangers

Sophie Read
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Heads of terms are usually intended to be a non-binding record of the main commercial terms agreed between the parties in relation to a particular transaction, setting out what the parties wish to happen, the structure as to how that should happen and the...

Methods to structure a sale and purchase of development land.

Paul Harrison
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We often get asked by landowners (and developers) to act on their behalf in connection with the sale of land for development subject to planning permission being granted. There are various different structures including a joint venture agreement where the...

Speaking for those who have no voice

Steven Petty
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A very strong sense of the importance of fairness and justice for all initially attracted me to the law when I was very young.  I saw the law as the bedrock of a fair society – provided it applied to all equally.  The only way to ensure the...

How I passed my SQE 1 exams

Mohammed Mangera
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As part of the first cohort of candidates who embarked on the SQE 1 in November 2021, I thought it would be useful to share my experience and tips on how I passed the exams within the first quintile (i.e. top 20% of scores). I have set out below how I...

Partnership Property - is my property also my Partners?

Bethany Isard
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Deciphering if a property held or brought by one partner is to be classed as Partnership Property in an Ordinary Partnership is crucial. Partners may want to challenge the ownership of property for many reasons but the two most common being; The property...

SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATION OF A BUSINESS LEASE FOR TENANTS

Paul Harrison
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The aim of this article is to set out some tips for successful negotiation of a business lease by a tenant and where Feldon Dunsmore, as specialist solicitors, can help with this process. 1/ Heads of terms – as your solicitor we always like to...

Conditional Contracts and Option Agreements - What's the difference?

Sophie Read
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Conditional Contracts A conditional property sale contract is one that provides for completion of the sale of a property to take place following satisfaction of a specific condition or multiple conditions. Some typical examples of such conditions are as...

The walk to work in Warwick

Bethan Blackburn
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It is nearly a year since the Feldon Dunsmore team re-located to Leafield Estate in Warwick. I am lucky enough to live within walking distance of the office and enjoy walking to and from work on most days. Out of work I can often be found walking locally, in...

I need some cash - should I be thinking about Equity Release?

Harvey Gibbs
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This is a question that I am often asked by clients who have limited cash resources but own a property which, particularly given current values, might be worth many thousands of pounds. Prior to the emergence of equity release schemes, the options were very...

Plan the Plan

Bethan Blackburn
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There are many scenarios in which plans are required in property transactions – usually where part of the property is the subject of the transaction or a particular area of land needs to be indicated. For example: Indicating the extent of the area to...

Feldon Dunsmore Announces New Strategic Partnership

Steven Petty
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I’m delighted to announce that Feldon Dunsmore has formed an exciting new business partnership as part of its ongoing growth strategy. Following extensive behind-the-scenes discussions, we can reveal that we are launching a new restaurant in the...

Spring at Feldon Dunsmore Solicitors on Leafield Estate

Sophie Read
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I might have mentioned at least once already that Spring is my favourite time of the year. This year, Spring officially starts on Sunday 20th March, but on the Leafield Estate in Warwick (where our offices are based), it seems Spring has already sprung. The...

New Code for Home Builders

Harvey Gibbs
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If you are a builder and/or developer of new homes, you need to be aware of the New Homes Quality Code which was published in December 2021, following a full public consultation. The general aims of the Code are to improve the quality of new build homes and...

Land Registry Restrictions - what, where, when and how?

Sophie Read
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What are restrictions? Put simply, Land Registry restrictions regulate the registration of certain transactions against a title registered at the Land Registry. Such transactions may include a transfer, lease and/or charge. Restrictions come in all shapes...

Why is Feldon Dunsmore like the James Webb Space Telescope

Steven Petty
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I’ve always had a keen interest in science and in particular anything to do with space exploration.  I was nerdy enough to register for a boarding pass on the Mars Perseverance Rover and was blown away by the incredible footage of the...

The Feldon Dunsmore team continues to grow

Bethan Blackburn
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The past few months have been a time of mixed emotions here at Feldon Dunsmore. Last week we said ‘goodbye for now’ to Plot Sales Manager Aimee, who has begun her maternity leave. The office will certainly be quieter for a while; the same...

Permitted development rights - Building plots in the sky?

Harvey Gibbs
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Probably most people who have purchased a leasehold apartment in a purpose-built block did not consider the possibility that additional apartments might be added to the roof of the block in the future. However, since 2020 this scenario has become a real...

Transfers of part: key considerations

Sophie Read
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A transfer of part of registered land is when part of a registered title is transferred independently of other land in that title. For example, in a residential context, a transfer of part may take place where a house and garden are registered within one...

Can You Live Your Best Life As A Property Lawyer?

Steven Petty
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Death has stalked us all for the last two years and it has made me think about how best to use the time given to us before we pass.  Inevitably, I have questioned whether I can live my best life as a property lawyer.  The common perception of...

Security of tenure under LTA 1954 - Do you have a right to a renewal lease?

Bethan Blackburn
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A lease must be granted for a fixed length of time and will therefore have an end date of the contractual fixed term. However, provided that a tenant of a business lease meets certain qualifying criteria, they will have the statutory right to a renewal lease...

Commonhold: The Comeback Kid?

Harvey Gibbs
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Way back in the summer of 2001 I remember going to London for the day to hear a talk all about what was then the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill. There were several eminent speakers from the Government and representatives of those involved in the...

Residential Property Developer Tax under the Autumn Budget 2021

Bethan Blackburn
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Earlier this week, the Autumn Budget revealed eagerly awaited further details of the proposed Residential Property Developer Tax (“RPDT”). First, by way of background, what is the intention behind the tax? The events of the night of 14th June...

"My neighbour has said that I cannot work from home. Is that right?"

Harvey Gibbs
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A question which many conveyancers have been asked by their clients in the last eighteen months or so is whether there is anything in the title of the client’s property, or the property that they are buying, which might prevent the client from working...

Recruitment Drive

Steven Petty
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There’s been plenty of news recently about a tight labour market across the country and the legal sector is certainly no exception.  The shortage of good lawyers is particularly acute in the commercial property sphere and it’s become more...

Preparing to sell your commercial property

Paul Harrison
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There are a number of crucial factors that should be taken into account when looking to sell your commercial property. Our role as solicitor is to anticipate and deal with enquiries that arise during the legal process and the approach to this is key to a...

What is an EPC?

Bethan Blackburn
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In today’s world, tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions is a priority and there is a trend towards looking for more sustainable, energy efficient options in day-to-day life; from sustainably produced clothing to walking or cycling the...

The Options for Owning Property - Joint Tenant vs Tenants in Common

Harvey Gibbs
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What sort of things should you worry about when buying a property? The neighbours? Any new housing estates that are likely to be built in the locality? Possibly. However, if you are buying the property jointly with someone else then perhaps the thing that...

Leaders and Where To Find Them

Steven Petty
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During the darkest days of lockdown, I was lucky enough to discover the inspirational Simon Sinek and devoured all freely available speeches he gave on a variety of business topics but it was his thoughts on leadership that really resonated with me. ...

Ch-ch-changes

Bethan Blackburn
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Over the past 18 months, we have all experienced unprecedented change in nearly every aspect of our lives as a result of the pandemic: From wearing a mask when buying a pint of milk, to not being able to see loved ones, to unexpected financial hardship. With...

SDLT Holiday: They think it's all over.........................

Harvey Gibbs
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England’s long-awaited victory over Germany came on the eve of the last day of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) “Holiday”. It was therefore with some very sore heads that Conveyancers in England arrived at work on 30 June faced with the...

Going, Going, Gone to Warwick - We Have Moved!

Sophie Read
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We are very excited to confirm that we have now moved offices to a fantastic new countryside location in Warwick, in the vicinity of Warwick Castle. The move has been on the horizon for some time and after what feels like endless hours of planning and...

Why do you want to be a solicitor?

Steven Petty
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We now have a well-established graduate program and we are always interested to hear why applicants decided they wanted to become a lawyer. It’s actually a question many struggle to answer and it possibly stems from the fact that even law graduates...

How will the upcoming residential leasehold reform impact me? A summary for developers, investors and owners.

Paul Harrison
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At the start of 2021, the UK Government confirmed the details of legislation being brought forward to reform residential leasehold property. In particular, it is aimed at the level of ground rents for new leases and the cost of lease extensions. Ground rent...

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 - Renewal leases in light of the pandemic

Bethan Blackburn
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Broadly speaking, commercial tenants who occupy commercial premises for the purposes of carrying on their business benefit from ‘security of tenure’ under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Provided the relevant provisions of the 1954 Act have not...

Digital signatures in conveyancing - the way forward?

Harvey Gibbs
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Digital signatures in conveyancing – the way forward? Since July 2021 the Land Registry has been prepared to accept electronic signatures as a means of executing deeds in conveyancing transactions. The concept of electronic signatures was not...

Why is work experience important?

Sophie Read
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In a nutshell, all work experience provides individuals with an invaluable opportunity to have an insight in to the world of working, as well as giving individuals the opportunity to get in front of potential employers. What are the benefits of non-legal...

Stepping into the Legal World: A Guide to Being a Paralegal

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This blog post is for those of you starting out on your legal journeys, and possibly even for those of you who are more experienced, to remind you of where you started many years ago. Stepping into the legal world is no doubt a challenge, now exacerbated by...

Stamp Duty Land Tax on a new commercial lease - the basics of what a tenant needs to know

Paul Harrison
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 Everyone knows and understands that Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable on the acquisition of a commercial or residential property. The same principles apply to the purchase price (known as a premium) for the grant of a new lease. What about when a...

How can residential landlords be compliant?

Mohammed Mangera
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When reviewing residential properties subject to a tenancy, we often see how easy it is for landlords to fall out of compliance with the relevant legislation when letting their properties. Whilst it may not be the most glamorous part of their job, a...

Take Notice! How to Serve Lease Notices

Bethan Blackburn
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Many agreements and deeds in the property sector include provisions requiring or allowing one party to serve notice on the other party, or a third party, if certain events occur. For example, a tenant, landlord, or both, may have the right to terminate the...

Auctions - a good way to buy a property?

Harvey Gibbs
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I regularly receive calls from clients who are interested in a property they have seen which is to be sold by way of an auction. Occasionally the first we hear about it is when our client telephones to say that they were the successful bidder at an auction...

Three lessons I will take forward from working from home

Sophie Read
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Three lessons I will take forward from working from home. After working from home for the best part of a year, I will shortly be returning to office-based working on a rota basis three days a week. With this phased return to office working on the horizon,...

Why is a Licence sometimes a dangerous instrument - Licence to Kill?

Paul Harrison
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Welcome to the first in my series of blogs on James Bond films. The first being this 1989 classic starring Timothy Dalton. His third appearance got cancelled due a legal dispute involving the producers – who knew that? On second thoughts I’m no...

Is a law degree still the best way to begin?

Bethany Isard
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Degrees are not now the only way to enter this profession, learning about the CILEx route I was able to learn part time over 3 years in my evenings along side other professionals in the same situation as me. Not many people are aware that there are other...

A Forest

Steven Petty
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In my mind’s eye, a forest is a dark place.  The trees crowd together blocking out the light; the branches block your progress at every turn; and the paths slowly disappear the deeper you get leaving you hopelessly lost. I imagine that is how the...

A Day in the Life of a Feldon Dunsmore Human

Bethan Blackburn
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You have read what a day in the life of one of our Directors Of General Sociability involves (see Beatle’s blog ), but what does a typical day for one of the Humans in the team look like? No two days are ever the same as a commercial property...

Watch Out for Freehold Estate Rentcharges or Service Charges!

Harvey Gibbs
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The payment of a service charge to cover the cost of maintaining communal facilities is well established for leasehold properties, such as apartments. What is not so well known however is that freehold houses can also be subject to a service charge, or an...

How to improve wellbeing at work

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With the current circumstances we find ourselves in, focussing on our well-being is more important than ever before. Our time at work makes up a large proportion of our week and so we must ensure we take time out for ourselves and look after our mental...

What are Collateral Warranties?

Jamie Parsons
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Collateral warranties are a common requirement when undertaking a construction project that requires funding, or, will be sold or rented upon completion. What do they do? The legal answer is that they put a third party (with an interest in the site i.e....

From China to Coventry: why stepping outside of your comfort zone is a great thing

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After graduating from Warwick, I received two scholarships to complete an internship in China. I interned with a niche commercial law firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property. Travelling alone to China was something I would...

Tips to manage your mental health during lockdown

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We are once again under a government imposed national lockdown due to the COVID19 virus. The challenges we all face remain the same as the previous lockdowns although, there is even more uncertainty now given the variant strain of the virus. This is also a...

A Day in the Life of a Director of General Sociability

Beatle
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My Human says I did so well covering for him last time that I’ve got the job permanently.  I think he’s just trying to get out of doing it myself but as I’m still on furlough and my application to join the COVID-19 sniffer dog team was...

Top Tips for Tenants

Bethan Blackburn
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There are many matters which a prospective tenant should consider before taking on a new lease, in order to mitigate the risk of potential unknown and costly liabilities in the future. The below list provides just a few examples of some of the important...

Don't become a victim of property fraud!

Harvey Gibbs
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Perhaps now is the time for a reminder about the risk of becoming the victim of a property fraud. This is particularly so given that since March 2020 many of us in the property industry have been working from home, with most communications with clients and...

How can commercial property owners be compliant?

Sophie Read
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There are a whole host of statutory requirements which apply to commercial properties and frequently these are overlooked by property owners, until they come to sell, let or refinance their property. It is prudent for any commercial property owner to...

A day in the life of a Business Development Manager in Lockdown - Well, where do I start?

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As BDMs, we all know that getting out there and having that face to face interaction with others is key to what we do in our role and so when lockdown first happened I think it hit us all for six as it was such a huge change to our usual routines. We were so...

The Key to Successful Plot Sales

Paul Harrison
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Whether selling freehold houses or leasehold flats the preparation of the legal pack at an early stage in the process (ideally before any plots are reserved) is crucial to ensuring a smooth transaction and quick exchange. The last thing you want, as a...

Ready, steady... develop!

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Whether you are developing a small parcel of land for a granny annexe or a large greenfield site for a mixed-use 1,000 unit extracare scheme, the key considerations remain the same.  I thought that with my first blog I would set some of these out, so...

Beatle's Blog Post No1

Beatle
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My Human (Steven Petty -Ed), has asked me to write his blog for him as he says he is currently too busy (from where I’m lying it looks like he’s just sat on his arse staring at a screen but what do I know). As many of you will know, I am one of...

What's Yours Could Be Mine - What You Should Know About Adverse Possession

Harvey Gibbs
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Perhaps surprisingly, a regular enquiry that I receive from clients concerns what is known as “adverse possession” of land. The public perception of this is that it is all about squatters who have seized possession of a building. However, most of...

What is mine?

Bethan Blackburn
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There are many scenarios where we are asked the question ‘what is mine?’. For example, developers want to be sure that their proposed development fits within the land they own; and tenants want to know exactly how much of a property they are...

Why does a property solicitor need a pair of wellies?

Sophie Read
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This is the question that fuelled the start of my career in property law and so seemed appropriate for my first blog post. As a budding law student, somewhat ironically, I had not initially considered a career in law. Various city firms visited the...

Planning - S73 Applications; Are they as Exciting as Solicitors Make Out?

Jamie Parsons
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Simple answer is no! Well maybe to me they are. Is there benefit in knowing the principles of such areas; I think so and this is what we are trying to assist with by means of these short articles. But, without falling into the cataclysm that can be ‘a...

Feldon Who?

Paul Harrison
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Starting out back in January 2014 in a glorified broom cupboard with me, Steve and our secretary Pat seems like a lifetime ago. By the same token, the past 7 years (almost) have been an absolute whirlwind and the team is now 16 strong. We are continuing to...