Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Business Rates And Property Developments: Mixed News For Property Developers

For property developers it’s been a mixed bag of news with recent cases reflecting both positive and negative decisions for their industry. Business rates for property developers – the positive news: Following the recent business rates revaluation many businesses are reeling about the new rates they will have to pay from 1 April 2017. Developers… Read more »

What To Consider When Buying A New Build Property

When buying a new build property, you buy it off-plan. This means it usually isn’t built, in some cases building work hasn’t even begun. It is therefore important to find out what you are actually buying. Generally the building is sold as a structure with white-wash walls and basic kitchen and bathroom facilities. There is often… Read more »

Unregistered Land And Unclaimed Land: How To Register Or Claim It

Since the compulsory registration of land became a requirement under the Land Registration Act 1925, and later the Land Registration Act 2002, the presence of unclaimed or unregistered land in the UK has rapidly decreased. According to sources at the Land Registry more than 80% of land in England and Wales is now registered. Within… Read more »

Choosing A Care Home: A Step By Step Guide

Going into residential care is far from inevitable – statistics show that only 16% of those aged 85 or over live in a residential care setting*. For some it is a freely made choice to enter a residential care setting, bringing peace of mind and a respite from house bound isolation. For others it will… Read more »

Why A Lasting Power Of Attorney Is Just As Important As A Will

A year or so ago Mr. and Mrs. Smith* came to see me. Mr. Smith was sadly suffering from mild (early stage) Alzheimer’s disease and as a result of her husband’s ill health Mrs. Smith had given up work to look after him. Given the drastic fall in their monthly income, their home had become… Read more »

Whittaker’s Whimsies: Feb 2017

Catch up with the latest employment law matters and witty comments from Senior Partner, Jonathan Whittaker, in his latest Whittaker’s Whimsies column. You can also read the previous edition here. Don’t get heavy handed with sick employees: it can be very expensive! Just ask the Metropolitan Police! When an employee went on holiday to Barbados,… Read more »

The Life And Death Matter Of A Will

I once had a client who signed his Will on a Friday and then very sadly took his own life that very weekend. I was a Trainee Solicitor at the time and I remember the total shock and disbelief I felt on hearing the news that following Monday morning. Whatever mental anguish my client had… Read more »

Do You Need A Pre-nuptial Agreement?

Planning a wedding is no easy task. Many brides-to-be rely on a month-by-month checklist starting 12 months in advance of the big day. Such checklists will remind you to book your photographer, wedding cars and honeymoon, and to buy your wedding dress, flowers and wedding rings. However, very few (if any) prompt you to look into… Read more »