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Scam Awareness Month

July is scam awareness month.  Scams affect millions of people a year, this month the Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services are running campaigns nationally and locally to help consumers identify scams. Scams and frauds can often be hard to spot.  Scams generally involve complex psychological tricks so if you are not sure whether something... read more


HOW DO I KNOW MY NEW HOME IS SAFE?

From a conveyancing point of view, there are three aspects to this question: The Survey.  When you are buying a property you have a choice of (a) a full structural survey (b) a Home Buyer report or (c) a mortgage valuation.  The full structural survey provides you with more information (and is more expensive) than... read more


Government Announces Draft Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse Bill

Outlined in the Queen’s Speech, the Government has committed to bringing forward legislation “to protect the victims of domestic violence and abuse”. The purpose of the Bill is to “transform our approach to domestic violence and abuse to ensure that victims have the confidence to come forward and report their experiences, being safe in the... read more


How will a Hung Parliament affect House Prices?

How will a Hung Parliament affect House Prices? Following the recent 2017 election which has resulted in a Hung Parliament and a Conservative DUP coalition experts have warned that House Prices and Britain’s Housing market is set for further uncertainty.   A hung parliament means that no single party managed to win the 326 seats needed... read more


Short vs Long Marriage and The Impact on Finances?

The Court delivered a long awaited judgment in the case of Sharp and Sharp on 13th June and some would argue that it goes further to give couples ‘more to bicker about’ . Mrs Sharp, a successful City Trader, successfully challenged a divorce judgment which awarded her ex-husband of only four years £2.7m. But does... read more


Flying Freeholds

A flying freehold refers to freehold property built over land which does not form part of the property. It is used to describe the situation where a freehold property overhangs or projects out from underneath.   According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, examples of flying freeholds are found in all types of buildings... read more


Remarriage and Financial Implications

Your big day is fast approaching and your ex-spouse a distant memory. You know that you can remarry because you have received your Decree Absolute which legally and formally brings your marriage to an end. There’s nothing to worry about. Or is there? Potentially there is. If at the time you and your ex-spouse did... read more


UNFAIR LEASE TERMS

At Latimer Lee we keep a close eye on the terms and conditions of leases.   Recently we have noticed that new leasehold properties are tending to have shorter leases and sharper  increases in ground rent. Unfair leasehold terms and rapidly increasing ground rents have been the subject of much recent media, political and industry criticism,... read more


SPRINGTIME GARDENING SPECIAL

Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species of plant, originally introduced as an ornamental plant. If left untreated it can cause physical damage to property.  However, it can be successfully treated and eradicated – although, depending on how invasively the knotweed is established, this can be both difficult and expensive, and repeated treatments over years may potentially be... read more


Wills and Probate Team Expands

Today we welcome Debbie Leventhall to our Wills and Probate Team. Debbie qualified as a Solicitor in September 2011 and joined Latimer Lee Solicitors Limited in April 2017 as a Solicitor in the Wills and Probate Department. Debbie is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). This allows her to keep up... read more