The Practical Lawyer


CIL – reminder

The community infrastructure levy (CIL) is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support development in their area. 
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HMLR applications – variation in names

The chart below relates to variations in names of individuals between deeds lodged for registration, or between those and the register. 
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HMLR – naming and shaming

The Gazette has reported that HMLR will begin publishing error rates for applications such as register updates, first registrations and new leases from March 2019.
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CRL warranty – take care

CRL is one of a number of new home warranty providers. Many of its self-build and ten-year new home warranty products were underwritten by Alpha Insurance which has gone bankrupt.
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Code for Completion by Post – new code

The Law Society has published the new Code for Completion by Post. It will come into effect on 1 May 2019. CQS-accredited firms must use the Code.
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HMLR – local land charges

The migration of the local land charges data from local authorities to HMLR continues. Under the Infrastructure Act 2015, responsibility for the 326 registers is being transferred to HMLR – a transition which started in 2018.
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Japanese knotweed – update

We have covered the risks to buyers and lenders that Japanese knotweed poses in our November 2017 edition. 
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FR1 – checklist

We reported in our February 2019 edition (p6) about HMLR’s first registration rejection criteria.
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Purchase with residential tenancies – pitfalls

A useful article by Hardwicke Chambers reminds residential conveyancers of the pitfalls of acting for a buyer of a property subject to residential tenancy. 
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HMOs – a reminder

If a client is buying a property such as bedsits, a shared house or a block of converted flats, then the property is likely to be an HMO. The significance of this is that the house might need a council licence.
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Probate fees – increase delayed
Thursday, 09 May 2019
We reported in the April 2019 edition (p34) on the increase of probate fees which was due to come into effect in April 2019. Read more...
VAT Order – construction services
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The VAT (s55A) (Specified Services and Excepted Supplies) Order 2019 comes into effect in relation to supplies made on or after 1 October 2019. Read more...
Brexit – impact on solicitors
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The Law Society has issued guidance for solicitors on the impact of the postponement of the UK’s departure from the EU. Read more...
RTA claims – no lawyers
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The Gazette reports that the MoJ has issued a consultation as to how to create an IT platform to enable unrepresented litigants to progress their own claim. Read more...
CFAs – no automatic 100% success fee
Thursday, 09 May 2019
In RTA claims, may firms routinely set a 100% success fee and claim the maximum limit of 25% of total damages. Read more...
T’s failure to respond – not a refusal of access
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The UT has held that T’s failure to reply to a letter from L requesting access to the property did not amount to a refusal of access. Read more...
MEES non-domestic rentals – reminder
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The MEES regulations are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties in England and Wales and the Regs establish a minimum standard of EPC band E for domestic and non-domestic private... Read more...
‘Highway’ – no single meaning
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The SC has recently clarified the meaning of a highway. Read more...
Procedure – divorce
Thursday, 09 May 2019
Divorce practitioners may be particularly interested in the background to a recent case setting out the administrative processes and procedures by which errors in divorce proceedings are picked up... Read more...
EU citizens – right to work checks
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The government has issued guidance on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members, after Brexit. Read more...


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