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HMLR – plans reminder

June 2021 | Conveyancing

In addition to PG 40 and the various supplements on plans, HMLR has issued some very helpful guidance for preparing plans for HMLR applications which has recently been updated. Anyone submitting an application to HMLR for registration which contains a plan should read it. Any inaccuracy regarding the extent of the land or difficulty in …

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Legal aid – training

June 2021 | Crime

New training material for criminal defence lawyers has gone live on the LAA’s dedicated training and support website, Legal Aid Learning (https://legalaidlearning.justice.gov.uk). The platform has been set up following user research and is being propagated by guidance, webinars and similar training resources. Training materials available now include crime billing; crime applications; criminal finance; and the …

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CIL – liability notice invalidated

June 2021 | Conveyancing

An interesting article considers a HC case which invalidated a CIL liability notice issued two years and six months after the grant of planning permission. One of the biggest inadequacies of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (CIL Regulations) is that they are entirely silent about the consequences of non-compliance by a charging authority (usually …

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HMLR – first registrations

June 2021 | Conveyancing

HMLR has announced a small but significant change in its practice relating to first registration applications. From 14 June 2021 HMLR will scan original documents and deeds and return them before they complete the case. In some rare instances HMLR may ask the firm to send the original deeds and documents back for quality assurance …

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Inheritance Act claims – adult children

June 2021 | Wills, probate and administration

There has been an increasing tendency in recent years for the court to allow dependency claims by adult children. However, the court recently refused a claim by adult siblings in circumstances where they were not in financial need. T had given his two adult daughters substantial cash gifts nearly a decade before his death in …

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First Homes – new initiative

June 2021 | Conveyancing

We mentioned a couple of new government-backed homebuyers’ schemes in our May 2021 edition (p5). Conveyancers should also be aware that there is a further scheme called the ‘First Homes’ initiative. It is a scheme which offers new-build properties at a discounted rate. There are certain eligibility criteria which the developers must comply with and …

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HMLR – illustrative plans

June 2021 | Conveyancing

Plans on documents are an integral part of the conveyancing process. Conveyancers should therefore remember that HMLR can offer assistance in that users can order an illustrative plan to see how the title numbers revealed by a search of the index map relate to each other on an Ordnance Survey map. This will give a …

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Japanese knotweed – locations

June 2021 | Conveyancing

While we do not usually comment on commercial products, conveyancers may be interested to know that Environet has produced an interactive map showing the Japanese knotweed ‘hotspots’ in the UK. They have collated information from 50,000 known infestations. Conveyancers should be wary of making information available to clients that the firm may then be obliged …

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HMLR – digital registration service

June 2021 | Conveyancing

We mentioned HMLR’s new digital registration service in our May 2021 edition (p6). HMLR has announced that in addition to the documents listed in that article, from 18 May 2021 it is also possible to lodge an assent application using this service. Source: www.gov.uk. May 2021 | Conveyancing HMLR – digital registration service HMLR has …

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Conflicts – conveyancing

June 2021 | Conduct, practice and risk management

We referred to the new CLC risk agenda in our March 2021 edition (p3) and indicated that we would return to it. The purpose of the risk agenda is to highlight issues that CLC staff have encountered during their monitoring and inspection work. The agenda will be updated on an annual basis. In this article …

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