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Law Archive - 2020

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Property in 2020: Buyer numbers jump 40% compared to 2019

According to figures released by property website Zoopla, 2020 marked a boom in the property market with both the total value of deals completed and the total number of buyers significantly outstripping their 2019 levels. By the end of the year, the total value of all British property deals will amount to £300 billion, a 26% increase... Read More

November saw house prices rise at fastest rate in over 4 years

According to research conducted by high-street bank Halifax, house prices increased at the fastest rate since June 2016 in the month of November. This continues a sustained trend of rapid increases, with the past five months seeing house prices rise by 6.5 per cent, the biggest increase over that timeframe since 2004. In November 2020,... Read More

Freehold vs Leasehold: Understanding property in England

If you are a considering buying a property in England it is important that you understand the differences between freehold and leasehold property under English law. Leaving aside Commonhold (which has had very little uptake since its introduction in 2004), there are two different forms of legal ownership of property under English Law... Read More

Housing market set for pre-Christmas boom

According to a survey conducted by property website Zoopla, the housing market is set for a pre-Christmas spike as buyers try to complete deals before the end of the stamp duty holiday in March. The website published data showing that the number of property sales is far exceeding the rates recorded last year, with the total number of new... Read More

Chancellor pledges increase in justice spending to tackle court backlogs

As part of his Spending Review, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged to increase justice spending to tackle the growing backlog of cases in the court system. Speaking in Parliament today, Sunak stated that the government will deliver a 3.3% real terms increase in funding annually. This constitutes an additional £145 million in core... Read More

Emma Gill discusses whether divorces can ever be amicable on BBC WM

Appearing on BBC West Midlands on Monday, Emma Gill, Head of Vardags Manchester, discussed whether it was possible to have an amicable divorce.  You can listen to the full interview by clicking the link below. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_wm  Read More

What next for Johnny Depp?

After weeks of speculation, Mr Justice Nicol has handed down his judgement: Johnny Depp has lost his libel claim against the publishers of the Sun newspaper for labelling him a wife-beater. The court held that, on the balance of probabilities, the Sun had proved the substantial truth of their allegations against Mr Depp. The case, which... Read More

Rory Lynch discusses Becker case on Good Morning Germany

Interviewed outside Southwark Crown Court, Rory Lynch discussed Boris Becker's current insolvency fraud case and explained the likely outcome. Becker is facing 28 charges, all relating to allegedly hiding assets from the Insolvency Service after declaring bankruptcy. If found guilty, he could face up to seven years in prison. You can... Read More

The pandemic has changed lawyers’ perception of AI

The legal sector has long been viewed as resistant to change. But, according to new research published this week, this may be about to change – and all because of Covid. On Monday, Luminance, a supplier of artificial intelligence platforms for the legal sector, released a report which documents a sea change in attitudes towards the use... Read More

The six new policies coming into force in September

With lockdown restrictions lifting across many areas of the country, life is returning to some semblance of normality. As part of this process, a raft of new legislation is about to take effect, including specific rules for our new normal and some previously announced policies which are yet to take force. In total, there are six new policies... Read More
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