Where there is a will...


Wills ... sadly, unlike opinions, not everybody has one. They may seem daunting or a miserable thing to think about but there are lots of good reasons to write a Will using a Solicitor.

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What searches should be carried out?


There are some main searches that should be carried out for any property purchase whether commercial or residential. A number of other searches may be required depending on the location, type and age of the property.

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Covid 19: Rent concessions – points for Landlords to consider


2020 has been a challenging year for all and there have been various changes brought in by the Government to try and manage the economic effect of Covid-19 on businesses. With regards to commercial leases in particular, the Government has introduced legislation which restricts landlords’ options when a tenant fails to pay the sums due under the lease.

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Exchange and completion - what's the difference?


Whether you are a first-time buyer or simply can’t remember, hopefully the following should make things clearer. It is not until exchange of contracts have taken place that your sale or purchase to the other party becomes legally binding. The completion date is set on exchange of contracts and failure to follow through with the transaction after exchange can result in legal and financial penalties.

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Asbestos surveys for commercial properties constructed prior to 2000


Any person with responsibilities regarding the maintenance and repair of non-domestic (i.e. commercial properties and the common parts (e.g. hallways, stairs and landings) of residential apartment blocks) property has a duty to manage asbestos.

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Conveyancing in a nutshell!


Buying a property can be a daunting and exhausting experience but that’s where an experienced conveyancer, such as ourselves, can make all the difference. Purchasing a property is very expensive and it therefore makes sense to ensure that you are fully aware of everything about the property you want to buy.Conveyancing applies to the legal and administrative work that goes into transferring ownership of the legal title of a property from one person to another. It is a complex process and as a result, most people choose to use a professional.   

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Why do I need to have searches for a property?


Buying a property may be one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make. Therefore, before committing yourself to a property purchase, it seems obvious that you want to ensure that you know all you can about the property. 

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Covid-19 update.


 As we continue towards the easing of the lockdown of Covid-19, we have implemented a number of measures to protect staff and visitors coming into the office.

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Planning Changes - New Use Class E


As many will already be aware from media coverage, the 1987 planning Use Classes Order is undergoing significant changes as a result of new regulations introduced by the government in July as part of its efforts to help boost the economy generally in the midst of the current recession.

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Why a solicitor is the 'must have accessory' in any leasehold property transaction


Often the last person you speak to when you have decided to enter into a lease of a residential or commercial property is a solicitor to get a quote for the work. When you get the quote, which on top of the other professional and administrative costs you are obliged to pay, can seem steep, no one can blame you for considering if there is a way to short cut this extra cost or indeed if you can just agree the draft lease yourself and save money and time.

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Publication of Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during Covid-19.


The government has now published its Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Joint property ownership


The dream of buying a property is often outside the means of many people, but one that can be fulfilled through owning a property with another person. There are two ways to jointly own property which we have outlined in this article.

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Business during lockdown


We want to reassure everyone that we are continuing to deal with the various transactions that are continuing during this difficult and challenging time by primarily working remotely whilst maintaining office facilities where required (and of course respecting the social distancing rules).  

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Japanese Knotweed


There are certain plant species that cause devasting damage to both land and buildings. Such species include 'Japanese Knotweed'. The presence and damage caused by these plants can not only have an impact on property but can also give rise to potential legal liability.

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Business continuity plan - Covid-19


We recognise the seriousness of the coronavirus and its impact on people and businesses and are closely following Government guidelines, which we review on a daily basis.

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Bogus Solicitors - make sure you are not caught out when choosing a solicitor!


Following on from our article earlier this month, property fraud continues to be a major issue in conveyancing transactions and the fraudsters are not slowing down in their attempts to de-fraud innocent homeowners, who have spent their lives investing in the creation of a family home and working towards paying off their mortgages.

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Beware property fraud


Solicitor firms and their clients are currently finding themselves a major target for fraudsters in conveyancing transactions. 

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Asbestos - the responsibilities of the duty holder


Since 1999, it has been illegal to use asbestos in the construction or refurbishment of any building. Prior to this, it was regularly used and as such, it is still present in many properties today.

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The Party Wall Act 1996 - A reminder of the basics


Earlier this year, the RICS issued new guidance (the 7th edition) on the Party Wall Act 1996, where it is relevant and the procedures to be followed when it is.

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Update on Electronic Signatures - Law Commission report now published.


Following on from our article, in February of this year, on the increasing use of electronic signatures, the Law Commission has now published its report on the subject.

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Government publishes consultation on new model for shared ownership


The government has published, and is seeking views on, their consultation on a new national model for shared ownership of property.

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The meaning of ‘grounds’ and its importance for SDLT purposes


A recent First Tier Tribunal case (Hyman v HMRC) has usefully clarified the meaning of ‘grounds’ for the purposes of SDLT.

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Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation - what it means.


The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) was launched by the Law Society in 2011, designed to create a trusted community which helps deter fraud and continually improve standards across the residential conveyancing sector.

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Commercial tenants' rights at lease end under LTA 1954


If a tenant has a "protected lease" it will have the benefit of security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 ("the 1954 Act"). This means that the tenant is entitled to remain in its business premises when its lease expires and "hold over".

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Freehold vs Leasehold: an introduction


Whether you are buying a freehold or leasehold property is fundamental to the process of owning property in England and Wales and there is a lack of understanding, generally, about the differences between these. This article aims to provide an introduction.

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The rise in property fraud


The address that the Land Registry relies on when it needs to contact a land owner or beneficiary of a charge over land, is the address for service which is provided when a person or a company purchases land, takes a lease for more than seven years or takes a charge over land.

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The Validity of Electronic Signatures


There has been a good deal of news recently around the increased use of electronic signatures to formal legal documents, often contracts of one kind or another, accompanied by a rise in the amount of software that accommodate this method of signing.

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Chancel repair liability - why is it still relevant today?


Chancel repair liability relates to the obligation on some land owners to contribute towards local church repairs.  The chancel is the part of the church where the altar is and where the clergy and choir sit. It is important to check whether a property has a financial obligation as costs can be significant.

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Tree and tree roots - summary of legal implications


This article looks at landowners’ responsibilities for trees and tree roots.

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DPM Legal secures Law Society's conveyancing quality mark


We are pleased to confirm that we have secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process. DPM Legal underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process. Law Society President Andrew Caplen said that the CQS accreditation is the hallmark of high standards and establishes a level of credibility for regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers.

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Glossary terms


Buying or selling a property can be a complex process and like many legal transactions, you will come across a range of terms that may not be familiar to you. Here we outline the more frequently used terms and their definitions.

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What does a conveyancer do?


We aim to make the process of buying and selling a property as stress free and easy for you as possible.As a Conveyancer, our role is to ensure that all the legal aspects of buying your property are taken care off.  

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