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Property Fraud: What can you do to protect yourself?

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The average cost of a home in the UK is now above £200,000, and the sheer value of property means it is an attractive target for criminals. Online technology is being used for property transactions more frequently than ever, and this means fraudsters...

Why is the housing market slowing down?

Varsha Sood
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It has to be said that the UK housing market has remained resilient through turbulent times. A post-Brexit price crash did not occur despite multitudinous predictions of tumbling values, and according to recent reports the total housing stock in the UK is...

Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 
- don't get caught out by right of first refusal

Joanna Crow
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When a freehold residential property is sold, the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 may grant the right of first refusal to tenants of the property, depending on the circumstances. This can introduce significant challenges for landlords and developers, especially...

The Taylor Review - "Good Work"?

Marina Vincent
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As we all know, the way many of us work has changed.  The idea of a "job for life" is probably a thing of the past and, for many of us, doing more than one job at a time is how we earn our living. The Government commissioned the Taylor Review...

Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market - a consultation paper

Dominic Danvers
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The Government’s Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, published in February 2017, highlighted the Government’s aim to improve consumer choice and fairness in the leasehold sector. Its latest consultation paper...

Employment Tribunal Fees Unlawful - what does it mean for you?

Marina Vincent
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Today the Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful. Since 2013 employees bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal have been required to pay fees, usually amounting to £1,200.  The intention was to prevent employees from...

Jonathan Dorman addresses the Association of Accounting Technicians

Jonathan Dorman
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Jonathan Dorman was invited to address the North-West London Branch of the Association of Accounting Technicians at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 21 st June 2017 at the Harrow Civic Centre, to discuss Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Tax, having...

Disclaimers of onerous property by trustees in bankruptcy

Paul Green
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There has been an interesting, if not altogether unsurprising, recent judgment in the case of Frosdick v Fox and Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP (2017) which related to the whether a bankrupt is able to apply in writing to his or her trustee in bankruptcy...

Inheritance Tax and the Acceptance-in-Lieu scheme: what is it and how does it work?

Arthur Byng Nelson
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Since 1910 the UK government has encouraged those administering estates (who are responsible for ensuring that the tax is assessed and paid) to consider offering works of art and important heritage objects to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax.

Another successful year for the Harold Benjamin Property Conference

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A huge thank you to all that attended our Property Conference on 4 th July 2017. The event was a great success with over 260 attendees in the spectacular setting of Wembley Stadium. Guests were treated to a sumptuous early breakfast and a chance to catch up...

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