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Comm Prop client identity protocol launched

This makes a lot of good sense - follow this link http://www.propertyprotocols.co.uk/_uploads/downloads/LPSLG-protocol-on-client-identity---final-version-20-May-2019.pdfToo many buyers solicitors have been asking for unreasonable undertakings regarding identity from seller's solicitors. Perhaps something could similarly be used by residential conveyancers?
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EG 15-06-19

P.49 VAT -  Reverse charges introduced from 1 oct 19. This means if you pay (as a business) for construction work, then instead of paying the VAT to the contractor, you pay it to HMRC with your VAT return, but can reclaim VAT in the usual way. This is to prevent VAT fraud in the construction industry. This could have profound effect on some development contracts IMHO. There are exemptions, it
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EG 08-06-19

p.57 Brill article setting out what landlords and managing agents have to do to comply with the Tenant Fees act 2109 that took effect on 1st June. A must - esp if you are a trainee still renting!P. 59 Another article about the business rates case in Hewitt v Telereal Trillium 2019 which held that even though no-one wants to rent a big old & dated empty office block, it still has a ‘rateable value’
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EG 01-06-19

P 49 Leasehold reform.  A critical review of the proposed reforms - removal of s.21 notices, commonhold, community stewardship, Enfranchisement reforms - if you have been living under a stone for the last two years or not dealing with leasehold issues this will bring you up to date with where we areP. 51 Business rates - reports on the Supreme Court decision in Hewitt (V)) v Telereal Trillium
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SuDs solution at last

Read about the new Water UK draft 8th edition of Sewers for Adoption, expected to come into force April 2020 making water companies adopt SuDS areashttps://www.water.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/D-.HR2-S_1556-AW-Sewers-for-Adoption-report.pdfSounds like house builders win again - not so in Wales though..
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EG 25-05-19

p.61 MEES - Key questions on exemptions. Excellent outline of the process of registering an exemption for residential or commercial landlords of F or G rated properties who want to avoid criminal liability, the effect and duration of an exemption and the types of exemptionP.63 Insurance risks in building contracts like the JCT, who takes it out, what you insure against. One for anyone involved in constructionP.64
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New book - Highways Issues in relation to Planning and Development - BUY IT!

Buy this new book - Only £50 - bargain for a superb book on Highways issues in relation to planning and development. Really practical and up to date, and a must for any solicitors dealing with development work - Go to http://ow.ly/QqlV50uqR8J
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EG 18-05-19

p.33 Dire results for Landsec and British Land as a result of their exposure to retail. Values of their holdings in retail parks and shopping centres have fallen 12-15%. BL is offloading retail parks. Both are investing in flexible working products.p.34 A survey of ‘who owns the High St” reveals that overseas investors are fast becoming one of the biggest owners, almost a fifth of shops are owned
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EG 11-05-19

P.43 The measure of all things - Size is everything? Must read article for solicitors who don’t know their acres from their elbow. Takes you through the way in which area, land, offices, sq.ft etc is important, and gives you an idea of what the size of the average house, office, superstore is. Its unbelievable that most lawyers haven’t a clue and are never trained in even the basics before they
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Govt updates How to Buy Guides

Last week the DHCLG published a How to Buy guide and a How to Sell guide for the public in relation to moving house. Though the Bold Legal Group I pointed out that there were a number of inaccuracies in relation to the legal side of it - and I was amazed to see yesterday that they have amended it  to take these into account!!! I feel almost important and smug!Overall they are very good (with the
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