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FELICITY SERGEANT INTERVIEWED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ON HOUSE HUNTING IN THE COTSWOLDS

Felicity Sergeant has recently been interviewed by the New York Times on House Hunting in the Cotswolds. Click below to read more.   Felicity Sergeant is a partner in our Property department and she specialises in buying and selling...

Wills In The Digital Age

When you make your will there are a number of formal requirements that must be complied with to ensure its validity. A will must be in writing, signed by the testator and witnessed by two independent individuals. It may surprise people to learn that these...

Iris-Ann Stapleton looks at the procedure for lease extensions when buying and selling a short lease

Iris-Ann Stapleton provides a concise explanation of the process of statutory lease extensions when buying and selling a short lease in the Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Special Feature of News on the Block. If you are considering extending your...

Milton Silverman and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Last week at County Hall, Milton Silverman joined a panel of experts to take questions on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ('CITES ') from auctioneers and dealers. The conference was hosted by the Antiques Trade...

Restrictive covenants and permitted development

Developers will be interested in two recent cases: In the first, the High Court held that if a residential basement involves engineering operations amounting to a "separate activity of substance", express planning permission from the local...

New guidance on misleading retailer pricing tactics published

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has published new guidance aimed at stopping misleading and confusing pricing tactics used by some retailers. The publication of the guidance follows a Which? investigation, several complaints from disgruntled...

ICO fines company for sending spam texts

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined a company £100,000 for sending unsolicited spam texts attempting to solicit leads for financial services institutions. The ICO found that between May to December 2015, the company sent 1,132,149...

First disqualification of a company director for infringing competition law

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has used its powers for the first time to disqualify a director of a company that infringed competition law. The company breached competition law by agreeing with one of its competing online sellers to not undercut...

'Common law marriage' is a myth!

The Office of National Statistics has published figures showing that there are now 3.3million cohabiting couples in the UK. Research conducted by a relationships charity in 2013 showed that 47% of the British public believes in the myth of ‘common law...

Automatic pension enrolment update published

The Department for Work and Pensions has published an updated analysis of the impact of auto-enrolment. The analysis highlights, among other things, that annual saving in workplace pensions is estimated to increase by £17 billion by 2019/20 as a result...
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