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Housing crisis continues to hit first-time buyers

John Spittle
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4 out of 10 young adults still can’t afford to buy a house New research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown that  4 out of 10 young people  cannot afford to buy one of the cheapest homes in their area with a 10% deposit, let...

Property for first-time buyers - in like a lion, out like a lamb?

John Spittle
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March is notorious for being a changeable month in terms of the weather, with the phrase ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’ describing the stormy start of the month we often see, and the subsequent calming as we enter April. And then we have a...

5 Top Tips to simple, stress-free Conveyancing

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You’ve been looking for ages and you’ve finally found it – your dream house, the next chapter, happy days… so what happens next? Now that you can give the Conveyancing Process the green light, it’s time to get serious. Buying...

2016: The Year of the Legal Apprenticeship

Susan Howarth
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In years to come, we could be looking back on 2016 as a landmark moment, the year the legal sector’s recruitment landscape changed.   The traditional route to law Historically, if you wanted to become a solicitor, the traditional route...

Stamp Duty in March 2016: in like a lion or out like a lamb?

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Bold Action After chancellor George Osborne yesterday pledged to continue taking ‘bold action’ on home ownership, The Law Society Gazette asked the question: could conveyancers be in for more stamp duty shocks when the government plans to...

Higher stamp duty charges from April 1st - are you in the know?

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Shock announcement In November 2015, the BBC reported on the curve ball that property investors were thrown in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement : Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes will soon have to pay more in stamp duty, the...