Insights

April 2015

We are encountering an increasing number of commercial properties where flood risk insurance is proving very difficult to obtain.  These properties are excluded from the Government’s Flood Reinsurance Scheme ‘Flood Re’, which is supposed to solve the problems in obtaining flood insurance.

January 2015

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has announced a number of measures designed to protect financially vulnerable people against what respondents to the Insolvency Service's Consultation on Debt Relief Orders and the Bankruptcy limit cited as “disproportionate” enforcement activities.

November 2014

Creditors have sized up and sharpened their panels - and for lawyers it’s been no different. What's left is a set of clearer, coherent strategies for litigation in future, amid an onslaught of rule changes. Finding and delivering the right outcome for consumers. This phrase, or familiar versions of it, has become the penchant of directors heading up creditors' recoveries teams across the board. 

October 2014

The risk outlook issued by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (“SRA”) identified financial instability as a continuing worry for legal practices and a recent Conveyancers’ Association Conference encouraged conveyancers in particular to recognise the huge risk to consumers of losing money and/or confidential information as a result of criminal activity.

October 2014

There is a growing campaign to reform the current stamp duty tax system as evidenced by increasing newspaper publications and even a discussion in Parliament. Many property experts and MPs are asserting that the £1 billion per month raised through stamp duty is holding back further growth in the economy and a rise in the thresholds could boost the housing market and, in particular, give a helping hand to buyers at the lower end of the scale.

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