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Emsleys Blog

  • Can I move house if my local area goes into lockdown?

    Can I move house if my local area goes into lockdown?

    The government recently introduced a three-tier coronavirus alert system for England. Under the new guidelines, local areas will be placed under varying degrees of ‘lockdown’ – so how does this affect the house moving process?  Can I… Read More

  • Why should I go to a Solicitor for my Will?

    Why should I go to a Solicitor for my Will?

    In recent months, our Wills and Probate team have dealt with a number of 'homemade' Wills when applying for a Grant of Probate. Unfortunately, mistakes made in the creation, signing or witnessing of a 'homemade' Will are not usually… Read More

  • Ranking success in The Legal 500 2020-21

    Ranking success in The Legal 500 2020-21

    We’re delighted to announce our Personal Injury and Wills & Probate teams have been recommended by The Legal 500 2020 edition. Each year, The Legal 500 ranks a list of ‘recommended’ law firms based on submissions and interviews. We’ve… Read More

  • Hooray, hooray, it's a Stamp Duty holiday!

    Hooray, hooray, it's a Stamp Duty holiday!

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the following changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT): With immediate effect from 8 July 2020 there will be no SDLT payable on the first £500,000 of the purchase price, 5% will be payable on the next… Read More

  • Coronavirus at work: Can I make a claim?

    Coronavirus at work: Can I make a claim?

    The Government is now advising that the UK should be ‘actively encouraged’ to return to work, if home working is not possible. This is just the start of the new ‘normal’ which will continue to shift and change, much like the virus and its… Read More

  • ‘No fault’ divorces set for autumn 2021

    ‘No fault’ divorces set for autumn 2021

    The ‘no fault’ divorce bill (officially the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill) has now passed successfully through Parliament and awaits Royal Assent.  Once the bill has received Royal Assent, the first applications for ‘no… Read More

  • COVID-19: Crossing the line – Boundary disputes!

    COVID-19: Crossing the line – Boundary disputes!

    Staying safe by spending more time at home during lockdown has been spoiled for some homeowners and tenants who are facing a dispute with their neighbours(!) Unfortunately, lockdown has increased the number of property and neighbour… Read More

  • Changes to the Help to Buy scheme from April 2021

    Changes to the Help to Buy scheme from April 2021

    The government has announced a new Help to Buy scheme to run from April 2021. The revised Help to Buy scheme is more restrictive and ends in March 2023, unless the government extends it. The current Help to Buy Scheme is available to first… Read More