Category Archive London Solicitors

ByMichael Morrison

Data Protection – Cabinet Office fined £500,000

For releasing the full postal addresses on line of the recipients of New Year’s honours in 2020 the Cabinet Office has been fined £500,000.

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ByMichael Morrison

Landlord and Tenant – Commercial

Commercial tenants have been given a stay of execution by the Government on unpaid rent and evictions, that have accumulated during the pandemic, until March 2022. This has been instituted so that serious negotiations between the parties can now ensue to mitigate any credit damage that would be caused by court judgments.

In March a new arbitration process will commence in an attempt to provide closure for any stubborn organisations.

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ByMichael Morrison

Residential Conveyancing is Getting Busy in London

People returning to offices have started an avalanche of conveyancing transactions as they tire of the commute and its cost into London from the home counties and beyond where they have sought refuge during the pandemic and are buying properties in the metropolis once again. A significant rise in prices has been noticed recently.

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ByMichael Morrison

Get Divorced Online Now

Solicitors now have to process divorce applications on line which has reduced the time it takes from 15 months to 5 months. They are carried out through the MyHMCTS portal and have been successful whilst in its optional use phase as only 1% of applications have had to be referred back to solicitors for amendments as opposed to 30% for paper applications.

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ByMichael Morrison

Grounds of Appeal

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos, recently handed down a judgment in the Court of Appeal which seeks to clarify how Grounds of Appeal should be drafted:-

i) The grounds of appeal are an essential analytical tool for the court, to enable it to identify the issues which it is being asked to decide: they are not a vehicle for advocacy, which is the role of the skeleton argument.

ii) The starting point in every case must be for the appellant to think through carefully what specific errors the court below is alleged to have made. Once these errors have been identified, they need to be clearly and concisely articulated. In the unlikely event that the grounds are numerous, they must be presented in a structure which makes clear how they inter-relate.

iii) Each ground of appeal must be separately numbered, and the particular passages in which the judge appealed is said to have gone wrong must be specifically identified.

iv) The purpose of the grounds of appeal is to identify the points on which permission to appeal is sought, not to argue those points. Supporting submissions belong in the skeleton argument.

v) It follows that grounds of appeal should be short; in many cases, a few sentences will suffice. In a complex case, grounds of appeal may be longer, but clarity and concision should never be compromised.

This was a case in which exceptionally a permission to reopen a permission to appeal application under CPR 52.30 was allowed.

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ByMichael Morrison

Properties with the Freshest Air in Central London

If you’re buying a property in central London the air quality may be important to you. The postal areas from the highest to the lowest are:- W1K,SW1X,SW1W,SW1Y,SW1A,SW7,SW3,W1J,SW10,W8 and W1S.

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ByMichael Morrison

Buying and Selling a Property in London Today

The suburbs of north east London have been enjoying a particularly strong rise in house sales. Snaresbrook, Upminster, Walthamstow and Stoke Newington have seen transactions rise significantly during lockdown. Government assistance with the stamp duty holiday and ‘help to buy’ has certainly helped.

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ByMichael Morrison

Conveyancing Frenzy to be Assisted by Stamp Duty Holiday Extension

The Chancellor is reported to be extending the stamp duty holiday by three months until the end of June in next Wednesday’s Budget (3rd March 2021). Conveyancing solicitors are adjusting to the flow rates of new instructions.

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ByMichael Morrison

Get Divorced Here Now

Family law solicitors have noticed an increase in the issuing of divorce proceedings as we approach the Brexit deadline of the 31st December 2020.

London, the divorce capital of the world, due to the high child maintenance orders handed down by the courts has the added advantage of having it’s rulings recognised by other European countries. However post Brexit, from the 1st January 2021, this automatic recognition is not currently guaranteed.

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ByMichael Morrison

Property Prices At Record Peak

An inexorable rise in the price of London property has recently been recorded by the Land Registry. Buyers, who were scratching at their walls during lockdown, have been unleashed to purchase larger properties, along with many basking in the rays of the stamp duty holiday.

Conveyancing solicitors are enjoying dealing with these new instructions.

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