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SDLT and the first time buyer

For first time buyers in England there is at last some good news, and as it has been all over the media, you would have heard the headline that SDLT has been abolished for first time buyers. This is not exactly the case but there are now different rules for first time buyers buying the first home. So if you are a first time buyer you will get a discount (relief) that means you pay less or no tax if: you complete your...
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Building Regulations – Are you confused?

Building regulations rules (and planning) can be very confusing, and it is often hard to know when building regulations consent is required. Also some of the commonly held views are sometimes wrong, and this can be further complicated if you live in a conservation area or your building is listed. An example of this is the humble conservatory. Many houses and flats have them and they can be an inexpensive way of adding more space to a...
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Secretarial Vacancy -Litigation

Highly reputable solicitors firm in central Brighton currently have a legal secretarial vacancy to support a Litigation Solicitor within the firm dealing with a wide range of civil claims, personal injury and medical negligence. The role requires legal experience, preferably within the area specificied. Possessing good IT, organisational skills, eye for detail. Minimum of 60 wpm. The ideal candidate will have a flexible working approach and the ability to work to tight deadlines together with a willingness...
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No recovery – No fee service for ground rent and service charge arrears.

RESIDENTIAL LEASES One of the issues frequently encountered by landlords is how to deal with unpaid service charges and ground rent. To tackle this we are now offering a no recovery no fee service to landlords to assist them in securing payment of ground rent and service charge arrears from lessees.  Our service is also provided at no cost to the landlord except for disbursements such as court fees and office copy entries.  Set out below is...
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Employment Law – Employment Tribunal fees update

On 26 July 2017 the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment in the case of R (on the application of UNISON) (Appellant) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 51 which overturned the requirement for claimants to pay (if ineligible for remission) up to £1200 to have their claim heard at an Employment Tribunal. The introduction of the fees in 2013 was argued successfully as preventing claimants having access to justice and in particular discriminated against low paid...
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Anti-Oral Variation Clauses and Practical Consideration – Supreme Court

MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited –v- Rock Advertising Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 553 MWB operate serviced office spaces and, pursuant to a Licence Agreement, Rock Advertising utilised such accommodation in the form of managed office space. Rock Advertising fell into arrears with the Licence fee and proceedings were issued to recover the arrears.  In the Central London County Court, His Honour Judge Maloney found that the parties had entered into an oral agreement whereby there was a...
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We are hiring- locum secretary roles!

Recruitment – Locum secretaries wanted We are looking to recruit and have locum vacancies for experienced legal secretaries. The firm has a thriving and varied practice and a strong presence in the Brighton and the local area. We are primarily looking for staff for our busy conveyancing, matrimonial and litigation departments. You would be working as part of a friendly team and we are situated in the heart of Brighton and are convenient to transport, shopping and all that Brighton has to offer.  For more information on the  work we do please see...
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