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  • Posted on October 24, 2023
    The legal system in England and Wales is set to undergo significant changes with the introduction of new costs regime which was introduced on 1st October 2023. These changes will impact all new claims made after this date. Fixed recoverable costs are the set the amount of legal costs that the winning party can claim back from the losing party in civil litigation. They already apply in most low-value personal injury cases, but the government has extended these areas from October to include civil litigation.
    Posted in: Litigation
  • Posted on September 26, 2023
    Here is a list of helpful reminders as to when you should consider updating your Will.

    If any of the following occur, an update to your existing Will may be required:
    Posted in: Private Client
  • Posted on May 17, 2023
    On 17th May 2023 the Renters Reform Bill will be introduced into Parliament which will affect approximately 11 million renters and 2 million landlords in England.
    Posted in: Litigation
  • Posted on March 28, 2023
    For any tenancy granted after 1st October 2015, the tenant must be provided with the most recent How to Rent Guide available at the time. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has on 24th March 2023 issued a revised version of the guide. If you fail to serve your tenant with the relevant copy of the guide you will be unable to serve a valid S.21 Notice should this be required further down the line. It is therefore important to ensure this step has been followed at the outset of any new tenancy agreement.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01273 582271 or litigation@barwells.com

    You can find out more information at GOV.UK: www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent
    Posted in: Litigation
  • Posted on November 14, 2022
    Conveyancing can seem complicated, especially if you are a first-time buyer. So, here are the 6 main steps when purchasing:

    1. Preparing to buy
    Contact your mortgage company and chosen solicitor early on, to ensure everything’s in place, ready for when you find your new home and make an offer.

    2. Property investigations (searches)
    Once your offer has been accepted, we’ll start our detailed investigations on the legal title of the property and surrounding area, such as the obtaining a local authority, water & drainage and environment search.
    Posted in: Conveyancing

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