Category Archive Conveyancing

ByMichael Morrison

Commercial Property Sales Remain High

Growth, in flexible working space is continuing apace and also in warehouse facilities; the latter being the conduit of distribution for the burgeoning internet market. These storage edifices are reported to be best sellers especially in the home counties including London. Space being at a premium, may well see these commercial facilities appearing adjoining residential homes.

Current currency rates ensure commercial property in London retains its appeal to investors especially to those of Asian decent.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Stamp Duty – Cut

Conveyancing solicitors are looking forward to an upturn in work volumes due to the recent Budget announcement by the Chancellor that stamp duty is abolished for first-time buyers of homes up to the value of £300,000. For properties that are up to £500,000 first-time buyers will not pay stamp duty on the first £300,000 and 5% from £300,000 – £500,000.

 

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Retail Property Purchases Will Add Fuel to Strengthening Employment Market

Commercial property solicitors in London have ‘inboxed’ their employment departments to brace themselves for a substantial increase in contract work.

Purchasers have spent £1billion on retail space in central London in the first six months of this year originating particularly from Singapore and Hong Kong. The City unfortunately is not faring as well due to the Brexit vote and the uncertainty of its position with the European Union.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Brexit and the Property Market

Conveyancing solicitors in London are anticipating a surge in clients from the Middle East due to the fall in sterling; who enjoy shopping where English is spoken. Other new instructions are expected from dollar investors and those from Commonwealth countries especially Australia, New Zealand and India who view this as a buyer’s market.

The combination of low mortgage rates and the housing shortage should keep prices up.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Conveyancing Climbs in November

Conveyancing solicitors in Camden, along with those in other London boroughs, enjoyed an increase in instructions last month as nearly 71,000 mortgage approvals were recorded. The Bank of England has confirmed that the rate of mortgage lending growth is at its peak since 2008 and various sources suggest that this trend is continuing.

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ByMichael Morrison

Disqualified Drivers Driving

Nearly 1500 car drivers who had received a driving ban after being convicted of serious motoring offences were found still driving last year in London. The figure comprises 23% of the national total meaning that more people were caught in the capital than in any other part of the United Kingdom. Almost 500 were apprehended in Manchester which came in, in second place.

With a significant number of people being injured in hit-and-run accidents these figures are a cause for concern.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

House Prices Slow Growth leads to Conveyancing Boost

Conveyancing solicitors in London are reporting a gradual increase in new instructions due to the slowest pace in annual growth of house prices in two years. This should delay further any rise is interest rates currently being contemplated by the Bank of England.

There was less than a 0.5% rise in residential property prices this month with the annual growth rate just below 3.5% , the lowest since mid 2013. It would appear price growth is becoming proportionate to earnings.

However house building has faltered and needs to be stepped up dramatically if this market upturn is to be sustained over the long term.

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ByMichael Morrison

Residential Property Briefing

Suburban house prices are still increasing dramatically as buyers seek homes that match their budgets. This contrasts currently with prices in central London which have levelled off mainly due to the increase in stamp duty rates on houses that are sold for more than £1,000,000.

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ByMichael Morrison

Government cuts – Thousands of families shut out from justice.

Bench Council has warned that families throughout England and Wales have actually felt the full brunt of the Government’s civil legal help cuts, with a drop of 15,000 per quarter, comparable to 60,000 a year, in the number of individuals getting legal aid for family cases which litigate, and 40,000 per quarter, equivalent to 160,000 a year, in the number of individuals receiving suggestions on their household law issues.

The Ministry of Justice’s own statistics for legal aid for Q2 2014 expose that because cuts to civil legal aid came into result in April 2013 under the Government’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act the variety of individuals getting legal representation on legal help plunged from 40,090 in January-March 2013 to 23,149 in April-June 2014, with the bulk of the cuts striking household law cases.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, stated that The quarterly legal aid data are a welcome contribution to a more transparent approach to the workings of legal aid. They also demonstrate the complete effect of the cuts to civil legal help, which is having a profound effect on the lives of numerous vulnerable individuals across England & Wales. We alerted the Ministry of Justice that the cuts would mean that countless households would be denied access to justice and our prediction, sadly for those impacted, has become a reality.

The current quarterly figures reveal that households dealing with major concerns, such as disputes worrying children, are efficiently being shut out of the justice system. The human effects of cutting a huge part of family law out of legal aid are plainly being seen.
Previously, the Bar Council report LASPO: One Year On, discovered the impact the modifications were already having on access to justice. The official legal help statistics echo some of those workings with, states bench Council.
Source:- familylaw.co.uk

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