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The Building Safety Act 2022

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Building Safety Act 2022 – impact on developers, contractors and landlords The Building Safety Act 2022 is the Government’s response to the tragic Grenfell fire, and the first parts of the Act came into force on 28 June 2022. While the focus...

Legal steps when diagnosed with a life limiting illness

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On top of the heartbreak and worry that a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness can cause, there will be a raft of concerns and uncertainties about your care and financial affairs, and it can be difficult to know exactly how to prepare from a legal...

Succession planning for your farming business

Beth Worthy
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Succession planning is all about making plans for the future. It enables you to protect your assets, safeguard your farming business, provide for your family and ensure continuity and the smooth transition of the farming business when you step down from...

New DWP website for next of kin to use re state pensions

Sharon Richardson
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently announced a new, user-friendly website to allow next of kin to claim underpaid state pensions owed to those who have passed away. It follows criticism of the lack of information and guidance given to...

Clarity on dates and time limits in commercial contracts

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Have you ever signed a contract which seemed to be perfectly clear, straightforward and reasonable at the time it was agreed, but which later turned out to be ambiguous in important respects or which gave rise to unintended and arguably unfair results? If...

Letting your tenant go: consenting to assignment and underletting

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If you are a landlord of commercial property, you will have chosen your tenants carefully.  A landlord wants to be sure that a tenant will pay the rent and service charge, and that the tenant will comply with the obligations in the lease so that the...

Protecting your land against new or upgraded rights of way

Amy Clarkson
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Public rights of way exist all over the countryside and are set out on a Local Authority’s Definitive Map. However, just because a route is not currently recorded on the map, it does not necessarily mean that a right of way does not exist. Surveying...

Facing an investigation for Covid-related business fraud?

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government made an unprecedented financial support package available for struggling businesses. Millions of enterprises took advantage of the help on offer, but because of the speed with which the various schemes...

Reporting an estate's value for inheritance tax

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Acting as an executor means that you are responsible for reporting the value of the estate and declaring any inheritance tax due, so it is important to make sure you follow correct procedures. Since January 2022, new rules apply in respect of reporting...

Redeveloping commercial property around your tenant

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Redeveloping parts of a building in your portfolio, to create a more flexible layout or perhaps add additional floors, can be a good way to enhance investment value.  This is easiest in a vacant building, but you may have good tenants and want to...

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