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Conveyancing - cutting corners can backfire

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Budgets can be tight when buying or selling residential property, so it can tempting to go for the cheapest quote when selecting your conveyancing service. However, as with so much in life, cutting corners can result in unexpected expense and hassle. In...

York Fashion Week: making the city an attractive destination for locals and visitors

Peter Mills
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We are long term supporters of Fashion City York, an initiative to co-ordinate the promotion of York’s fashion retailers to locals and visitors alike. The centrepiece of that promotion is York Fashion Week with a series of workshops, runway shows and...

Preparing to sell your leasehold property

Liam Faulkner
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Selling your leasehold property may seem like a daunting task. You will have been aware of the issues involved when you first purchased your leasehold property. Being adequately prepared prior to instructing a solicitor will help ease any added stress...

New Year. New home.

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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The Christmas and New Year break often gives a chance to pause and reflect. For some, it means thinking about moving to their ‘perfect place’, perhaps a type of property or a particular location they have always had in their sights. The extended...

Property backed finance and second order effects

Stephen Proctor
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Think you would not be affected by a ‘No deal’ Brexit because your business is not directly reliant on exports or imports or heavily dependent on staff from other EU countries? If you are in this situation, be careful to think about what are...

Legal 500 recognition

Peter Mills
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Every year Legal 500 assess the reputation and quality of client service of the top 10% of UK law firms using a mix of primary research and feedback from a sample of law firms’ clients. The latest report has just been published and I am pleased to...

Brexit - Making your business resilient

Matt Rowley
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We are all aware that the process of ‘Brexit’ is likely to involve considerable change whatever the short term and longer term outcomes. The challenge for business owners and senior managers is deciding how to prioritise and plan. Trying to...

National Conveyancing Firm of the Year

Kevin Millar
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We won 'Overall Conveyancing Firm of the Year - Gold Award' at the Law Firm Services National Conveyancing Awards at The Vox Conference Centre, NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 19th September. This follows on from winning the silver category at last...

Buying a purpose built home for your retirement

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Earlier this year property agents Knight Frank published a report on ‘retirement housing’, covering everything from age-restricted over-55 housing to ‘housing with care’. Their key finding was that homes purpose built for retirement...

Landlords terminating a commercial property tenancy

Richard Hugill
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If you are the landlord of commercial premises, there are situations where you will want to terminate a current tenancy at or following the end of a contractual term, even if your tenant is reliable and is not defaulting on rent or other obligations. For...

Buying property in the 'best place to live'

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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York was acclaimed Britain’s ‘best place to live’ in a Sunday Times league table earlier this year because of its ‘perfect mix of heritage and hi-tech’. Inevitably this has further boosted the city’s popularity with...

Buying a leasehold shop

Matthew Hayward
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Buying an existing retail business can be a sound commercial move as it often means you have immediate access to customers familiar with the shop’s brand and location. However, in these situations you will often be taking over a leasehold premise and...

Shortlisted for Yorkshire Legal Awards

Peter Mills
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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for this year's Yorkshire Legal Awards in two categories: Private Client and Residential Property . Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, publishers of Leeds & Yorkshire Lawyer ...

The proactive conveyancer

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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In our experience, the single biggest threat to a property transaction completing successfully is the sudden revelation of a ‘last minute’ problem elsewhere in the property ‘chain’. These can revolve around mortgage finance, other...

What to do if a will is challenged

Alex Walsh
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Rising affluence has given increased opportunity for individuals to pass on wealth to chosen members of their family. Unfortunately, in our experience, this has also led to a rising number of wills that are being challenged by those either not included in a...

Shortlisted for LFS National Conveyancing Awards

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Every September, the prestigious LFS National Conveyancing Conference brings together law firms, mortgage lenders and related specialist IT and data providers from across the UK. The highlight is the presentation of coveted national and regional awards. In...

Shortlisted for marketing excellence

Peter Mills
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Harrowells has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Marketing, Website and Social Media’ category in this year’s Law Firm Services annual conveyancing awards. To be shortlisted, law firms have had to demonstrate to judges a coherent approach to...

Getting your ducks in a row

Stephen Proctor
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Whether they are buying, leasing or selling commercial property, our job is to help our clients strike the right deal for their business and to deal with any issues that might threaten to delay or compromise a successful conclusion. Where transactions rely...

Why you get asked for ID and bank statements

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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We sometimes get asked why documents like driving licences, utility bills and bank statements need to be shown to our solicitors when buying or selling residential property. The short answer is: to defend you against cybercrime and identity fraud. In a...

More rental properties will be caught by HMO licensing rules

Alex Walsh
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Government rules concerning what types of property need HMO licences are changing this autumn. Make sure you are not caught out. The current rules cover properties that are three or more storeys high, have 5 or more people in more than 1 household and share...

Can someone really steal a house?

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Property fraud – where someone mortgages or sells a property you own without you being aware and pockets the proceeds – is still relatively rare but is on the rise. You are at potential risk if the property is rented out or not mortgaged or...

Specialist estates planning lawyer joins Harrowells

Ed Ryder
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We have expanded our Private Client Department with the appointment of a new partner. Philip Nelson (pictured left with Head of Department Ed Ryder) lives near York and joins from specialist national private client law firm, Wrigleys, Leeds....

Harrowells scoops two top home conveyancing awards

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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We have scooped two major home conveyancing awards, one for the second year in succession. We have become Yorkshire and North East Regional Firm of The Year in the Law Firm Services National Conveyancing Awards, an accolade we previously...

Issues to consider before you buy that dream rural property

Janet Rhodes-Blangsted
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Larger than average gardens, existing outbuildings and land can be very attractive features of many rural properties for sale. If you are looking for residential/commercial development or conversion potential though, have an early discussion with the...