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House prices rose by 9.1 per cent in February download subscription

IBB Solicitors 17-Apr-2014

The rate at which house prices are rising has continued to increase, according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The myth of the common law marriage weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

There is a widespread belief in the concept of ‘common law marriage’, which couples think will protect them when they buy property together. This is incorrect.

The latest on affordable home ownership schemes download subscription

Winckworth Sherwood 15-Apr-2014

There are now a number of government-backed schemes in existence with the intention of making home ownership more affordable and accessible to the general public.

Navigating the housing market —​ top tips for buyers weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

Mills & Reeve offers top tips for those looking to move or get their foot on the housing ladder.

Inheritance tax planning for your home weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

For many people, their home is their most valuable asset and can give rise to a significant inheritance tax liability on their death (or the death of the surviving spouse). 

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Unfair relationships — what does the future hold? download subscription

Eversheds 17-Apr-2014

The ‘unfair relationship’ concept in respect of credit agreements was introduced into the Consumer Credit Act 1974 on 6 April 2007.

Proposed changes to tax reliefs for television programmes and video games download subscription

Eversheds 17-Apr-2014

The chancellor has proposed changes to tax reliefs for television programmes and video games that were introduced by the Finance Act 2013.

Russian faces EU and US sanctions following Ukraine crisis download subscription

Eversheds 17-Apr-2014

The continuing development of sanctions against Russian individuals is likely and will have an impact on those engaged in business with Russian counterparties.

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Construction Briefings

Unregistered land conveyancing — enjoy it while it’s still with us download subscription

Gateley 17-Apr-2014

It is relatively rare these days to encounter unregistered land.

A new design for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations? download subscription

Nabarro 15-Apr-2014

The changes proposed by the HSE in the new draft CDM regulations are underpinned by a desire to improve standards of health and safety, particularly on smaller construction sites.

Beneficiaries of collateral warranties may now be able to enforce them more easily download subscription

Winckworth Sherwood 15-Apr-2014

A court has held that in certain circumstances a collateral warranty may be a ‘construction contract’ that brings with it the requirements of the Construction Act.

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Budget 2014: implications for the real-estate sector download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 21-Mar-2014

In Osborne’s Budget, there was very little excitement for the real-estate sector, with no news building on the Autumn Statement 2013 to address business rates.

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The myth of the common law marriage weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

There is a widespread belief in the concept of ‘common law marriage’, which couples think will protect them when they buy property together. This is incorrect.

Navigating the housing market —​ top tips for buyers weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

Mills & Reeve offers top tips for those looking to move or get their foot on the housing ladder.

Legal aid for families during the inquest process weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

This briefing note summarises the availability of public funding for individuals during the inquest process.

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Litigation Briefings

Interpreting patent claims and the meaning of ‘dry fryer’ weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

The High Court case of Jarden Solutions (Europe) Ltd v SEB SA concerned a dispute about deep fat fryers.

Colour contrasts and surface decoration in registered designs weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

In order to be capable of registration under the Community Designs Regulation, a design must be ‘new’ and have ‘individual character’.

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Family Briefings

Same-sex weddings — the completion of marriage equality? download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

Same-sex couples are now legally allowed to marry for the first time in this jurisdiction.

April showers changes on employers download subscription

Shoosmiths 15-Apr-2014

The 6 April is a day for change for employers because it is one of the government’s two annual ‘common commencement dates’.

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