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Chancel Repair Liability - the end of an era

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The government has announced that from the 14 October 2013 purchasers of property will not be liable for chancel repair costs unless the Chancel Repair Liability (CRL) is registered against the title of the property at the Land Registry. Hooray, this has...

The Localism Bill - Parish Plans

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Has your community made a Parish Plan yet? If not, you are being encouraged by the government to make one with the co-operation of your local council. This is an opportunity for parishioners to make a statement of how they view their parish at the moment...

Employment: Policies and Procedures

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Many employers adopt standard policies and procedures purchased from stationers (or other suppliers) to deal with the internal affairs of the business and the HR implications involved. Employers need to understand that these policies and procedures have to...

The Green Deal

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What is it? The Green Deal is the government’s flagship initiative (remember Mr Huhne, Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh and energy minister - it was his last political initiative) and is aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings in Great Britain by...

Unjust Enrichment - the Law can come to your rescue!

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In the genteel world of the 19th century and which seems to have all but disappeared from our modern sophisticated society, ( some would argue we are all the poorer for its’ absence), it was believed that the word of a “gentleman” or an...

Commercial Tenants - breaking up can be so very hard to do!

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In these hard times, you can at least take comfort that when you took the lease you wisely insisted on a tenant’s break clause to allow you to shorten the lease if things do not go according to plan. Just picture it – your landlord in tears as he...

Are you a residential landlord or the owner of a second home?

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So what is the problem? Fraud, to be precise. For all its advantages, the registration of land has its weaknesses and one of them is to enable fraudsters to obtain details of the ownership of property, because those details are open to the public. Fraudsters...

Lasting Powers of Attorney

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Those that plan for the future should consider that they might be involved in an accident or become ill and may have been wise to have made an Enduring Power of Attorney (“EPA”) or a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) which replaced...

Do you have to register your private sewage sysytem?

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Having heard or read something about this, but not enough to be clear on it, many people are asking us “do we have to register our private sewage system and what is the deadline?” Well, the answer is the that the new law, grandly called the...

The Bribery Act 2010

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The Bribery Act 2010 (the Act) came into force on 1 July 2011 and provides a comprehensive scheme of bribery offences that will apply to private-sector bribery, as well as officials of state-owned companies. These offences apply to the activities of UK...

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