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Vulnerable clients – elder abuse

November 2020 | Wills, probate and administration

Does existing legislation protects those who are most vulnerable to financial abuse, particularly with the increasingly ageing population? This is the difficult subject of an article in which the author cites a statistic that 413,500 elderly people in England and Wales experience some form of abuse every year. She notes that the CPS has already …

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HMLR – first registration if deeds are lost

November 2020 | Conveyancing

HMLR has made a small but significant chance to PG 2: First registration of title where deeds have been lost or destroyed, so it seems like a useful prompt to remind practitioners as to the requirements more generally. If deeds have been lost or destroyed and an application for first registration is made, HMLR has …

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HMLR – resuming cancellations

November 2020 | Conveyancing

This is important. HMLR will resume the cancelling of applications with outstanding requests for information (requisitions) from 16 November 2020. Reminder letters will be sent to customers giving four weeks’ notice of the cancellation, along with information on how to request an extension if conveyancers are still unable to reply. HMLR requests that firms do …

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Sentencing – theft

November 2020 | Crime

The Solicitor General successfully intervened in an appeal against sentence. The defendant stole a wallet and some cash from the home of an elderly couple after knocking on the door, pretending to be a carer and walking in without permission. A few days later, she returned to the house and looked around for jewellery, but …

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Covid-19 – offences

November 2020 | Crime

It’s a challenge keeping up with the changing coronavirus rules and regulations, with many being difficult or impossible to police. New criminal offences pertaining to the workplace are now in force, applicable only to England at the time of publication. It is an offence if an individual fails to self-isolate having received a positive coronavirus …

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HMLR – form RQ

November 2020 | Conveyancing

Conveyancing practitioners will be familiar with form RQ: Request for a restriction by owners not living at the property. This form is a straightforward way of getting a form LL restriction in the following terms on a register of title: ‘No disposition of the registered estate by the proprietor of the registered estate is to …

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Sentencing – mitigation

November 2020 | Crime

D pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding with intent and was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 11 years’ detention in a young offender institution. He appealed his sentence on grounds that the sentence failed to adequately take into account the mitigating features. The mitigating features argued included that, other than the fact that …

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Covid testing – data protection challenges

November 2020 | Employment

We have long considered the Employment Law Journal as being required reading for those advising in this arena or for any practitioners advising clients in a business context. This month is no different. An interesting article considers the data protection issues facing employers who wish to carry out their own Covid-19 tests. Employers are under …

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CGT – trap

November 2020 | Conveyancing

Conveyancing practitioners no doubt remind clients who are selling a dwelling house that is not their only or main home throughout their period of ownership of the potential CGT liability on sale. However, conveyancers may also wish to add an additional section in their standard purchase report to cover the risks to homeowners who are …

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