Residential Conveyancing – the real cost of cheap conveyancing

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The emotional consequences of poor service can be devastating and make homebuying more stressful, says Legal Ombudsman Adam Sampson. http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/reports/conveyancing/ The ombudsman highlighted certain practices in the selling of conveyancing services. Often conveyancing services are marketed on the basis of "no sale no fee", and yet the ombudsman reports one…

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Finance Bill 2013 – property held is SPV companies

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HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs have published draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2013, on 11 December 2012. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget-updates/11dec12/complete-draft-legislation.pdf The draft legislation puts more bones on the intention to charge an ongoing tax (Annual Residential Property Tax (ARPT)) on non-natural persons (NNPs) holdingUKresidential dwellings valued at over £2…

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Landlord forces eviction through Court…

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A hoarder who has filled his flat with thousands of newspapers, magazines and books is facing eviction because he is a 'fire hazard.' Former salesman, Brian Clenshaw is facing eviction by his landlord in Kent because the clutter he is hoarding presents a ‘fire-hazard.’ Brian believes he suffers from a…

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Abacus now on e-DRS

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The new electronic Document Registration Service (e-DRS) is a faster and more cost-effective way for submitting and receiving applications. The new e-DRS will make the application process easier, reducing the average end to end processing times and will create and audit trail, helping to prevent fraud. Applications made electronically can be…

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Care Corroding Faith in NHS…

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With all the talk of the NHS in the headlines, it seems only right to report on the lack of confidence the British people appear to have in its Health Service. For years, patients and their families have highlighted the lack of care and the poor practice within our hospitals…

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