Buying a house with friends – Frequently Asked Questions



This week, we joined in with a Law Society Twitter discussion about buying a house with friends. If you weren’t able to join in #SolicitorChat, here are our answers to the questions. 1. How many people can become owners of a single property? What rights do they have? Up to four people. They have the rights granted in the title, which are…

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The process of buying a new build home



New build properties are becoming increasingly popular among purchasers, particularly first-time buyers. When buying a new build property, the purchasers only see a show home. Based on that, then reserve a plot on which the developer will build the property, ready for occupation. It is therefore important to understand the process of buying a new…

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Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence – your frequently asked questions



What is the Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence? The Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence (“the Pre-Action Protocol”) forms part of the Civil Procedure Rules. It applies when someone wishes to claim against a ‘’professional’’ as a result of that professional’s alleged negligence or equivalent breach of…

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Short-term lets and AirBnB



It is becoming increasingly common for owners and occupants of flats in city centres to try to maximise the financial use of those flats by letting them out to short term guests via websites such as AirBnB. The money that can be made, coupled with the protections provided by AirBnB, are often attractive to people who wish to either supplement…

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Is making a will your New Year’s Resolution?



Last week, we joined in with a Law Society Twitter discussion about how people can make making a will their new year’s resolution for 2020. If you weren’t able to join in #SolicitorChat, here are our answers to the questions. 1. Talk us through the process of making a will and how a solicitor can help. We would have an initial meeting…

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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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Buying a leasehold property: Our top tips



Buying a leasehold property is quite different to buying a freehold property. There are a number of things to consider, so here are our top tips. Leasehold v Freehold Firstly, its important to understand what a leasehold property actually is. A leasehold property is a home that’s owned for a fixed period of time under a legal agreement with a…

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Christmas Jumper Day 2019 – raising money for Myeloma UK



Last Friday, we all donned our festive knitwear in support of Myeloma UK for Christmas Jumper Day 2019. Lots of our staff joined in across our offices in Leeds city centre, Roundhay, Wakefield and Bradford. Wearing Christmas jumpers, festive t-shirts and even a Christmassy vest top! Featuring everything from a light up Christmas tree, a pun-tastic…

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2019 – A year in professional negligence cases



As we approach the end of the year we look back at the professional negligence cases heard in England and Wales in 2019. Before we start looking at the case law, it is important to remember that litigation is a last resort in a professional negligence claim. Most cases are settled between the parties before reaching a trial. Indeed many settle…

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Help to Buy equity loan scheme: A helping hand onto the property ladder



Are you thinking of getting a foot on the property ladder or wanting to ‘upgrade’ your present home? If so, the Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme may be just what you need to help achieve your dream home. Unfortunately, however, the Government has stated that intends to stop the scheme in the coming years. What is the Help to Buy……

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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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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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