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Freehold vs Leasehold: Understanding property in England

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 – either freehold or leasehold. Freehold property and leasehold property are, by their nature, immoveable real... Read More

Housing market set for pre-Christmas boom

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 property sales agreed being 38% higher than at the same point in 2019. Zoopla also predicted that this would continue over the festive... Read More

Chancellor pledges increase in justice spending to tackle court backlogs

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 funding as well as increasing the Ministry of Justice’s capital budget by £237 million. Sunak also announced additional... Read More

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

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 and navigating to 2:19:00.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08x53rd   Read More

Vardags is granted Order against former employee to protect confidential information belonging to the firm

Vardags is granted Order against former employee to protect confidential information belonging to the firm

On Friday 6th November 2020, Vardags was granted an Order by Consent against a former employee restraining her from disclosing confidential information obtained in the course of her employment including a number of specific documents.  While the identity of the specific documents must remain confidential, we can confirm that they contain no client confidential information. After several unsuccessful attempts to obtain her co-operation voluntarily, writing to her repeatedly without... Read More

What next for Johnny Depp?

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 spanned 16 days at the Royal Courts of Justice, attracted widespread media coverage and offered a rare insight into the tumultuous relationship of... Read More

Rory Lynch discusses Becker case on Good Morning Germany

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 watch the interview with Rory by clicking here and navigating to the 24 minute mark. Read More

The pandemic has changed lawyers perception of AI

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 of AI. Through a mix of surveys and in depth interviews with legal professionals, the report found that more than 80 per cent of lawyers... Read More

The six new policies coming into force in September

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 which take effect in September, and one which has been cast into a new light, all of which are summarised below. The winding down of the... Read More