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CIL – process flowchart

A useful CIL process flowchart appears on several local authority websites.
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CIL – reminder

The community infrastructure levy (CIL) is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support development in their area. 
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HMLR applications – variation in names

The chart below relates to variations in names of individuals between deeds lodged for registration, or between those and the register. 
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HMLR – naming and shaming

The Gazette has reported that HMLR will begin publishing error rates for applications such as register updates, first registrations and new leases from March 2019.
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CRL warranty – take care

CRL is one of a number of new home warranty providers. Many of its self-build and ten-year new home warranty products were underwritten by Alpha Insurance which has gone bankrupt.
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Code for Completion by Post – new code

The Law Society has published the new Code for Completion by Post. It will come into effect on 1 May 2019. CQS-accredited firms must use the Code.
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HMLR – local land charges

The migration of the local land charges data from local authorities to HMLR continues. Under the Infrastructure Act 2015, responsibility for the 326 registers is being transferred to HMLR – a transition which started in 2018.
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Japanese knotweed – update

We have covered the risks to buyers and lenders that Japanese knotweed poses in our November 2017 edition. 
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FR1 – checklist

We reported in our February 2019 edition (p6) about HMLR’s first registration rejection criteria.
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Purchase with residential tenancies – pitfalls

A useful article by Hardwicke Chambers reminds residential conveyancers of the pitfalls of acting for a buyer of a property subject to residential tenancy. 
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Probate fees – increase
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The much-criticised increase in probate fees comes into effect in April 2019 and apply whether or not a solicitor is involved.  Read more...
SRA – Standards and Regulations introduced November 2019
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We reported in our February 2019 edition (p32) and March 2019 edition (p33) that the SRA is phasing in its introduction of the new ’Standards and Regulations’ which will replace the 2011... Read more...
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We do not usually report on changes which are not yet in force. However, litigators have been warned to expect changes to the processes relating to litigants in person which might come into effect on... Read more...
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Service charges – recovery of more than 100%?
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We reported in our February 2019 edition (p24) that the RICS Code of Practice Service Charges in Commercial Property (1st edition) comes into force on 1 April 2019. Read more...
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With the increasing pressure to build new homes, there is a possibility that areas designated for allotments might be under threat of development. Read more...
Children – standard of proof
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The Court of Appeal refused F’s appeal against the judge’s findings in care proceedings under Part IV CA 1989 that he had sexually abused his daughter (Y). Read more...
NDA – ignoring!
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
Recently, some employees have spoken publicly about sexual harassment in breach of NDA confidentiality obligations.  Read more...
Offences – assault; emergency workers
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The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 follows the increasing number of assaults on emergency workers in the UK.  Read more...


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