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House sale delays: who’s to blame?

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

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

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

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…

Spotlight on.. Julie Lomas

Spotlight on.. Julie Lomas

Julie Lomas    ConveyancerEducation: I went Myrtle Springs Secondary School then onto Norton College to take A Levels.  I then went to a secretarial college whilst I decided what my options were. Work History:…

Spotlight on.. Jo Malcolm

Spotlight on.. Jo Malcolm

Spotlight on Jo Malcolm Residential Conveyancer   Lives: Penistone, Sheffield (technically Barnsley, but Sheffield sounds better!)   Education: Mexborough Comprehensive School & 6th Form – I left after the…

Changes to stamp duty land tax

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax

The government has introduced a new regime for calculating stamp duty land tax payable on the purchase of residential property. The new system came into effect from 4 December 2014 and provides that the new rates…