I have found a problem in my new house, what can I do?



Moving home is an exciting time in everybody’s lives. Our conveyancing department regularly receive calls from their clients following completion of purchases thanking them for guiding them through what can often be quite a stressful time in their lives. Unfortunately, house stress does not always end following completion of your sale and…

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Christmas and New Year opening hours



As Christmas is fast approaching, here are our opening hours for the festive season. Tuesday 24 December 2019 – 9.00am – 2.00pm Wednesday 25 December 2019 – CLOSED Thursday 26 December 2019 – CLOSED Friday 27 December 2019 – CLOSED Monday 30 December 2019 – CLOSED Tuesday 31 December 2019 – CLOSED…

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Case update: Professional negligence claims against personal injury lawyers



This week, the Supreme Court has given its judgment in a professional negligence claim against personal injury lawyers. We take a look at the facts of the case and the Court’s decision Professional negligence claims against personal injury lawyers Where a professional negligence matter relates to a personal injury claim, you must first show…

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Can I make a claim against a professional?



Professional negligence is a broad term. In brief, however, it means that a professional person has failed to conduct the agreed work to the expected reasonable standard required of them. To make a claim, you will also need to show that you have suffered damage or a direct financial loss as a result of the negligence. When establishing whether or…

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Joint property ownership



Joint tenants v tenants in common When you buy a property with another person or people, you can either buy as ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’. It is important to consider both options to decide which is the most suitable for your circumstances. Clients often ask us the difference between the types of joint property…

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Abolition of the section 21 notice and “no fault” evictions?



*Article first published in Leeds City Dweller Magazine – October 2019* Landlords of residential property usually let their properties out on Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs). These are short, fixed term tenancies which can be ended by the landlord serving a section 21 notice. Earlier this year, the Government began a consultation on…

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PNLA Leeds conference a great success



This week, the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA) conference came to Leeds. We proudly sponsored the event, and our managing partner, Steven Newdall hosted the conference. After an introduction, he welcomed speakers covering a spectrum of professional negligence topics. The speakers included: Simon Myerson QC of Byrom Street and…

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Wills and jointly owned assets – Q&A



We participated in #SolicitorChat on Twitter this morning, answering questions about Wills and jointly owned assets. Andrew Milburn from our Wills and Probate team was on hand to answer the questions. If you were not able to follow the chat live, we set our answers out below: 1.  If someone dies with money in a joint bank account, who will this…

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Accountant professional negligence: FAQs



Individuals and businesses instruct accountants to deal with a range of financial matters. If you have employed someone as an accountant, it is only reasonable to expect that they will perform their role professionally and that they will not cause you to suffer a financial loss. Occasionally however, things can go wrong whereby you do end up…

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We speak your language



At Levi Solicitors LLP, understanding your needs and queries is paramount. We are proud that we can offer staff who can speak over 10 different languages. So, if you’re not comfortable speaking in English, we may be able to offer you a solicitor who can speak to you in your first language. It’s not just the western European languages we can help…

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Signed, sealed, delivered? Email signatures and contracts



You may think that whether a document is signed or not would be obvious. However the High Court has recently looked at exactly this. Is an email with an automatic email signature, signed? What is a signature? The traditional definition of the word ‘signature’ is “your name written by yourself, always in the same way, usually to show that…

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Help to buy ISAs – there’s still time!



First Time Buyers have been able to save money towards their first home in a Help to Buy ISA since the Scheme began on 1 December 2015. The scheme provides a 25% bonus on savings; with the minimum bonus being £400 and the maximum being £3,000 depending on the balance saved in the ISA. From 30 November 2019, you will no longer be able to open a…

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Probate fee hike dropped by the Government. Again.



Last week, the Government announced that it has dropped its planned probate fee hike. What are the current fees? Fees are paid to the Probate Registry when you make an application for a Grant of Representation following someone’s death. Not all estates require a grant. However, if the estate includes a property or other significant assets, you are…

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The value of going to a solicitor for legal advice – Q & A



We participated in #SolicitorChat on Twitter last week, answering questions about the value of seeking legal advice from a solicitor. Our new addition to our Dispute Resolution team, Gemma Horner, was on hand to answer the questions. If you were not able to follow the chat live, we set our answers out below: 1. Tell us about your role as a…

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Press release: Bradford office relocation



Levi Solicitors LLP, one of West Yorkshire’s most established law firms, celebrating 85 years in business, has relocated its Bradford office. It has this week moved from its office in Little Germany, to Hope Park City Gateway, just off the M606. The relocation is a result of continued growth over recent years. The firm, which was set up 85 years…

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Limitation periods: how long do I have to bring a claim?



Limitation is the specified period during which you can make a claim against the defendant. This is done by issuing a claim form and supporting documents at Court, together with the required fee. How long is the limitation period? The limitation period for your claim will depend on the type of claim you are making. We set out a couple of examples…

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