Plans set new-build house ground rent at peppercorn rate

Daniel Haigh Daniel Haigh 02 December 2021
Plans set new-build house ground rent at peppercorn rate

Conveyancers have welcomed Government plans to set the ground rent costs on new houses at "one peppercorn" a year.


Changes to the Stamp Duty holiday after 30 Sept 2021

Anne Emmerson Anne Emmerson 06 September 2021
Changes to the Stamp Duty holiday after 30 Sept 2021

From the first of October 2021 the Stamp Duty rates in England will return to their previous rates as the tax holiday introduced in June 2020 finishes.


New milestone towards complete digital conveyancing unveiled

Paul Gibbon Paul Gibbon 16 March 2021
New milestone towards complete digital conveyancing unveiled

HM Land Registry has unveiled its latest standard for enabling reliable identity checks to be made digitally for the purposes of property transactions and the land registration process.


Whistleblowing, H&S and employee discipline

Joan Pettingill Joan Pettingill 05 February 2021
Whistleblowing, H&S and employee discipline

A lack of personal protective equipment and social distancing rules at work are the two most raised concerns to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) by employees since the coronavirus pandemic started. One in…


Coronavirus - the restart of the residential property market

Anne Emmerson Anne Emmerson 14 May 2020
Coronavirus - the restart of the residential property market

England’s conveyancers, residential estate agents and removal companies are now able to move towards completing property transactions working under the strict social distancing guidelines. Property professionals,…


Coronavirus - Moving house and coronavirus

Anne Emmerson Anne Emmerson 01 April 2020
Coronavirus - Moving house and coronavirus

Anne Emmerson, director in the conveyancing department at Wake Smith Solicitors, looks at the latest guidelines for those in the house buying process.


House sale delays: who’s to blame?

Wake Smith Solicitors 12 September 2018
House sale delays: who’s to blame?

Moving home is among life’s most stressful events. From finding the perfect house to packing up and planning the move – there’s a mass of things to plan before you even get to organising the legalities of buying…


Divorce lawyers eye new disclosure rules with interest

Wake Smith Solicitors 02 July 2018
Divorce lawyers eye new disclosure rules with interest

New disclosure rules which are now in effect could see previous financial awards granted through divorce challenged as property ownership registers become public. The rules require British overseas territories,…


Changes to Stamp Duty for first time house buyers

Wake Smith Solicitors 23 November 2017
Changes to Stamp Duty for first time house buyers

Yesterday's Autumn Budget saw Philip Hammond announce a new regime for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable on residential properties by first-time buyers. The new system came into effect immediately and provides…


First time homebuyer help from Wake Smith

Wake Smith Solicitors 06 July 2017
First time homebuyer help from Wake Smith

Summer is always busy in Wake Smith’s conveyancing department as people look to secure their new home after a raft of Spring viewings. For many people, especially young individuals or couples, buying their own…


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