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Blog archive: October, 2018

Equity Release – a good idea or not?

Equity release, where a person aged 55 or over is able to release cash from their home and continue living there, seems to be very much back in favour.  The money may be taken as a lump sum or in several smaller amounts or both.  In simple terms, the home owner retains ownership of their …

Equity Release – a good idea or not?

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Location, location, location

Commercial property availability and price is a controversial subject in and around St Albans. It is an issue that seems to be raised vociferously at every business meeting. Hardly surprising since, in the recent ‘Barriers to Growth’ research commissioned by the members of The City of Expertise, 80% of the businesses in and around St …

Location, location, location

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Cohabiting siblings could win same treatment as married couples

This month Prime Minister Theresa May announced that heterosexual couples will be able to enter into civil partnerships, giving them substantial tax benefits. It could open the way for cohabiting siblings to also receive the same treatment, pending a proposed change in the law. Ms May’s announcement follows a Supreme Court ruling in June this …

Cohabiting siblings could win same treatment as married couples

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Foreign investment into the UK limited by national security concerns?

Paul Marmor spoke at the recent annual Alliott Group worldwide conference in Vancouver, on the UK government’s concerns over foreign investment and national security.  Looking from a UK perspective, Paul talked about the growing trend, particularly among Western governments, towards scrutinising foreign mergers and take-overs, and even intervening, where there is a perception that national …

Foreign investment into the UK limited by national security concerns?

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The vexing problem of aggrieved employees in the recruitment industry

You are in a business that revolves around people – clients, candidates and above all else your employees. So what do you do when you are faced with an employee who raises a complaint or threatens to bring an Employment Tribunal claim against your business? What if you consider that their complaint has absolutely no …

The vexing problem of aggrieved employees in the recruitment industry

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Disclosure Rules set for major changes

New rules were recently approved by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) committee to change the way in which litigants disclose their documents. It is set to be a two-year pilot scheme in the business and property courts, beginning in January 2019 and if successful, is likely to lead to wider reforms on disclosure. This announcement follows …

Disclosure Rules set for major changes

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Top tips when buying property

Whether you are relatively new to the UK property market or an experienced investor, you will be aware of the difficulties of buying a new home or investment property. Here are our top five tips to help you: 1.Finance arrangements Whether or not finance is needed, speak to a broker early on in a transaction …

Top tips when buying property

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