Legal Updates

12 March 2019

Estate agents come under the HMRC spotlight

On 4 March, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) announced that they had imposed a £215,000 fine on Countrywide estate agents for failing to register the company as required under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017. This announcement was swiftly followed by the publication of the Treasury Committee report on economic crime on 8 March, where estate agents came in for stinging criticism for failing to have proper regard to money laundering compliance and risk assessment in their dealings. 

Alun Milford

3 September 2018

“Creating empowered and responsible duty holders” | Applying the CDM Regulations to HRRBs

Our blog series began with a review of Dame Judith Hackitt’s report and our examination of whether an outright ban on combustible materials is required. In this blog we analyse the primary purpose of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (‘CDM Regulations’), how the CDM Regulations apply to key persons in a construction project and how the Report suggests the construction industry apply the regulations to higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs).

Luke Gregory

10 July 2018

Minimum three year residential tenancy – disaster for landlords?

The government has launched a consultation, inviting comments on their proposals to introduce a minimum term for residential tenancies.

Tom Beak

29 January 2018

Land Registry release data on overseas companies for no cost

In short, this release of data will allow anyone  to discover which companies own land or property in England and Wales, subject first to an online registration.

Tom Beak

22 November 2017

Budget 2017 - Stamp Duty Land Tax "abolished" for first time buyers

As part of the government’s commitment to “fix” the housing market, many had predicted that today’s budget would include SDLT reforms. The budget did not disappoint, introducing reforms for first time buyers, but did it go far enough?

Tom Beak

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