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World Environmental Day

Katy-Mae Smith
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World Environment Day is celebrated annually to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment.  As a law firm based on a local farm we are always very aware of our local environment and at this time of year seeing the new lambs...

A House Divided

Steven Petty
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Abraham Lincoln famously said “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” As we watch the current election campaign play out, I cannot help but be struck by those words. Over the last ten years we seem to have become increasingly polarised on...

Exercise, a Mental Health Lifeline: Move it or Lose it

Malik Liaquat
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It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is all about movement: "Movement: Moving for our Mental Health." This focus on physical activity highlights a powerful tool we often overlook: exercise. Exercise isn't just about...

Life at Feldon Dunsmore from our D.O.G.S

Katy-Mae Smith
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A slightly different blog post to share with you all this week as we thought it would be really insightful to hear from our very own directors of general sociability or D.O.G.S as they attend regular meetings and social events, usually hunting for...

Feldon Dunsmore Fundraising

Mia Kelleher
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As we head towards the end of the financial year, we have started to reflect on how fortunate we have been to have been so busy this year with our legal work. We have also made a conscious effort to keep ourselves busy with doing other good work,...

YOUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY? THE PRINCIPLE OF AD MEDIUM FILUM

Heidi Erlandsen
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‘Ad medium filum’ is a Latin phrase which means ‘up to the middle line’. It is a rebuttable presumption that an owner of land which adjoins either a public or private highway, or a non-tidal river or stream also owns the highway or...

National Careers Week

Bethan Blackburn
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This National Careers Week we are reflecting on the various events at local schools we have recently attended and our dedication to training and development early talent. As a firm we are proud to have a strong commitment to training and development of...

Looking to pursue a career in Commercial Property Law?

Katy-Mae Smith
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Last week myself and Simran attended our first career fair at a local school, we had many conversations with students of different year groups ranging from Year 7 to Year 11. We found that students were asking lots of questions about who we are and what we...

What changes are proposed in the leasehold & freehold reform bill?

Matthew Mansfield
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The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill 2023-24 (LFRB) was introduced to Parliament on 27 th November 2023. One area the LFRB looks to substantially alter is the law surrounding leasehold enfranchisement (the right of a leaseholder of a house to acquire the...

Is holiday letting a breach of a covenant?

Bethany Isard
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Is short-term holiday letting a breach of a covenant to use a property as "a private dwelling"? This question is one which crops up a lot when we act for clients looking to purchase investment property and also when we act for lenders who want...

Twas the Few Weeks Before Christmas

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As 2023 comes to an end, the Feldon Dunsmore team are working hard to conclude completions in preperation for the festive break.   Due to the busy nature of this time of year, it can be very easy for individuals to isolate themselves under the...

Its the most wonderful time of the year

Katy-Mae Smith
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Wow... how are we almost mid way through December? Feldon Dunsmore has continued to spread its Christmas cheer by sending out Christmas wreaths to clients, its been wonderful to hear they are taking pride of place on clients front doors. I would like...

Are we entering an artificial world?

Matthew Mansfield
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Since the turn of the 21st Century technology has progressed at a rapid rate, with many professions using new technologies to adapt, change and improve. We have seen in healthcare technology has slowly been integrated to help with the diagnosis of diseases...

FELDON DUNSMORE'S YEARLY ROUND UP (IN PICTURES!)

Bethany Isard
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As we start to get into the Christmas rush, its also nice to take some time to reflect on our achievements and events throughout the year. As the FD team have attended so many events this year, we thought it would be best to round up in pictures! None of...

Feldon Dunsmore's Lake District Three Peaks Challenge 2023

Sophie Read
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On the 8th of September, myself and 5 members of the team at Feldon Dunsmore completed the Lake District Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Helping Hands Community Project. The challenge consisted of climbing to the top of three of the highest points in the...

Getting ready for Christmas networking

Bethany Isard
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 It seems strange mentioning Christmas in mid-October but for the legal profession, October is the start of our festive networking where the outings in Christmas jumpers and hot chocolates are plentiful, there is always something for everyone. This...

What does BHM mean to me

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Virtue Signaling – an attempt to show other people that you are a good person. Black square on your Instagram grid, taking the knee before sporting events, posing with black high-profile individuals are all arguably examples of this. Are you a good...

Helping Hands Community Project

Katy-Mae Smith
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This week I had the opportunity along with the rest of the team to speak to Lianne from Helping Hands Community Project, which is the local charity Feldon Dunsmore are supporting this year. Lianne talked to us about who they are and the wonderful help and...

Life at Feldon Dunsmore Solicitors

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I started working at Feldon Dunsmore Solicitors as a Paralegal on the 15th of May 2023. Therefore, I am approaching four months with the firm. In this blog post I would like to discuss my first few months at Feldon Dunsmore, for those looking to start...

Harvey's Memorial Garden

Katy-Mae Smith
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On Wednesday we opened up our new garden area and space where we held a memorial tree planting ceremony in loving memory of our dear friend and colleague Harvey Gibbs. We invited close family, old colleagues and clients to join us for a curry (we all know...

Welcome to the Firm

Katy-Mae Smith
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We are delighted to welcome Simran and Sarah to the Feldon Dunsmore team. Simran joins us as a paralegal providing support to all members of the team but more particularly helping our plot sales manager Aimee on various plot sales. Simran is a real all...

Training at Feldon Dunsmore

Heidi Erlandsen
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Feldon Dunsmore is a specialist commercial property firm, and we also act on a small number of residential transactions. Training at Feldon Dunsmore provides an opportunity to be involved in both areas, and the general structure that is followed is 6 months...

Feldon Dunsmore Launches Solicitors Apprenticeship Scheme and New Head of Early Talent

Steven Petty
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Our approach to growing the business has always been based on developing early talent.  Each year we invite graduates to spend a week with us to experience life at a niche law firm and for the first time this year we have a separate programme for...

Beth and Heidi promoted to Trainee Solicitors

Sophie Read
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We are delighted to announce that Beth Sealey and Heidi Erlandsen have been promoted from paralegals to trainee solicitors with us at Feldon Dunsmore Solicitors. The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is the new way to qualify as a solicitor in England and...

End of an era, beginning of a chapter

Bethany Isard
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It has been a tough few weeks here at Feldon Dunsmore, first with the heart-breaking news of the passing of our dear Harvey, and then the retirement of Patricia Williams. All of their knowledge over the years has been invaluable and I know I am speaking on...

How I Passed my SQE 2 Exams

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Following on from my success with my SQE 1, I completed the first sitting of the SQE 2 in April 2022 and set out below my approach to studying which helped me to achieve 89%. See my tips and advice on how I passed my SQE 1 exams here .  The SQE 2...

Being, Woman

Bethany Isard
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There are so many things to celebrate about being a woman and International Women’s Day focuses on celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, the theme for the UN International Women's Day is...

Being, Women

Bethany Isard
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There are so many things to celebrate about being a woman and International Women’s Day focuses on celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, the theme for the UN International Women's Day is...

Changes to Energy Efficiency Minimum Standards from 1 April 2023

Sophie Read
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1 April 2023 is a crucial date for landlords who let commercial property. It is the date under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations (MEES Regulations), that all relevant leased commercial property must have an Energy Performance Certificate...

A day at Warwick Races....

Paul Harrison
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We are delighted to again be sponsoring the feature race of the day at Warwick Races. The Feldon Dunsmore Budbrooke Chase is always a competitive affair and continues our long standing support for the local course. Last year saw odds on favourite Espoir De...

Feldon Dunsmore has joined Instagram!

Beth Sealey
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Instagram is one of the top social media platforms of today with 1 billion monthly active users. It is used globally to share pictures and videos of just about anything within the community guidelines. Individuals can share memories, follow friends, post...

It's Just the Sun Rising

Steven Petty
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I’m back into the swing of my Friday morning walks in the dark with Beatle but even before sunrise there is plenty of interest. This morning featured a competition between the dawn chorus and the tawny owls in the trees surrounding my house hooting to...

Neighbour Refusing Access For Repairs?

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Although most of us enjoy good relations with our neighbours, relationships can sometimes be strained. This is often put to the test when one neighbour requires access to the others property in order to undertake repairs/works that cannot be carried out...

Lease or licence?

Sophie Read
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A licence is a personal right granted by a licensor to a licensee to do something which would otherwise be a trespass.  This could be in the form of a grazing licence, licence to occupy property or licence to use a right of way amongst many other types...

The Team

Steven Petty
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As I was walking my dog (and Director of General Sociability at Feldon Dunsmore), Beatle in pitch darkness this morning (a particularly odd thing to do with a black dog – more on why in a moment) it struck me what a great team we make.  Despite...

Mortgage Repossessions - who remembers the 1990s?

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For most property lawyers the days when they regularly received enquiries from clients who were in danger of having their homes repossessed by their mortgage lender are a distant memory. Indeed, I am sure that many conveyancers had not even been born when...

Feldon Dunsmore Annual Christmas wreaths

Katy-Mae Smith
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Wow I cannot believe we are now in December; this year seems to have flown by. I don’t know about you, I did all of my Christmas shopping in September and wrapped it all. So, I have been able to enjoy the run up to Christmas and putting my...

Can being more resilient in the workplace help to avoid burn-out?

Beth Sealey
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The ever-evolving advances in technology have undoubtedly increased procedural efficiency in the legal sector. Platforms such as DocuSign mean that clients no longer have to provide their wet signature for certain documents. Online Data Rooms including...

Supporting local this Christmas

Sophie Read
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As December draws closer and following a successful year of charitable events for our chosen charities, we have been trying to think what we can do to support the local community this Christmas. With the cost of living crisis we are very aware this Christmas...

Remember Remember the 5th of November

Katy-Mae Smith
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Feldon Dunsmore, along with other local businesses, has sponsored Warwick Town Bonfire and Firework display for the last two years. They have secured a stunning location based at Warwick Racecourse and this year saw crowds of over 6,000 people attend, with...

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Steven Petty
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As we continue on our journey towards achieving B-corp status, I’ve been looking into some of the ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. One unexpected opportunity for reducing our energy use is email. Statisa reports that total email traffic in...

Careers Fair Cacti at the University of Warwick

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Earlier this week, Mohammed, Katy-Mae and I attended the University of Warwick Lax Expo 2022, a careers fair designed to give students considering a career in law the opportunity to speak to individuals who work in the legal sector. It also gives the...

Conveyancing Searches - What are they?

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“I’m in a rush to complete my house purchase and know the area well, so can we forget about doing the searches?” This is a question that is occasionally asked by some house buyers. If the buyer is having a mortgage, then the short answer...

Riparian Rights and the 'Hedge and Ditch' Rule

Bethany Isard
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Hedge and Ditch Rule There is a legal boundary presumption when it comes to drainage ditches and hedges; “"No man, making a ditch, can cut into his neighbour’s soil, but usually he cuts it to the very extremity of his own land: he is of...

New profiles and new perspectives at Feldon Dunsmore

Sophie Read
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It has been an exciting month at Feldon Dunsmore, we have welcomed new and familiar faces to the team and all undertaken DiSC Workplace profiling. Aimee, our plot sales manager, has returned from maternity leave and two new paralegals, Greg and Heidi have...

My London Marathon Quest for Guide Dogs

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Following several months of training (and lots of complaining!), I will be running the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Training for the 26.2-mile event began in March and since then, I’ve trained 3-4 times a week, building...

ESG, B-Corp and Social Responsibility

Steven Petty
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The world seems to be full of acronyms and it’s hard to keep up as new ones slip into the business lexicon.  Up until relatively recently, ESG hadn’t featured in my personal glossary until it was raised with us by our PI insurers as the...

New laws affecting overseas companies involved in property transactions

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Provisions affecting companies and other entities registered overseas have recently come into force under the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and Schedule 4A of the Land Registration Act 2021. The new laws are intended to increase...

New laws affecting overseas companies involved in property transactions

Katy-Mae Smith
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Provisions affecting companies and other entities registered overseas have recently come into force under the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and Schedule 4A of the Land Registration Act 2021. The new laws are intended to increase...

Buy to Let - Still a Good Investment?

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Landlords have enough concerns at the moment about the likely impact on their tenants of the seemingly never-ending increases in the cost of living. However, landlords who let residential property in England (and anyone who is thinking of moving into the...

Feldon Dunsmore Guide Dogs Charity Coffee Morning

Sophie Read
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Last Friday we held our first charity coffee morning at our offices on the Leafield Estate, Warwick. It was great to be able to welcome everyone to our offices, eat, drink and show off our fantastic working environment, all whilst raising money for a great...

Commonwealth, Community and Charity

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?"

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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?

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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

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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

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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.........................

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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...