Residential Conveyancing

Why new homes warranties are not the guarantee buyers hope for and what they can do about it


A recent decision in the Court of Appeal highlights the extent to which companies that offer new home construction warranties will seek to wriggle out of their obligations. This is a major concern for buyers of new homes who rely on these warranties for the supposed peace of mind they offer. In this article, partner Mitchell Griver examines the Court of Appeal decision and what steps buyers of new homes should take to protect themselves before they buy.

Residential Conveyancing

Buying property at auction – buyer beware


An increasing number of properties are being sold at auctions up and down the country as more people are becoming aware of the opportunity to acquire property at what many consider to be below market prices. In this blog, partner Sam Rosenthal examines the risks involved for buyers who are considering buying at auction.

Residential Conveyancing

Buying a property – what's involved and how long will it take?


I am often asked by buyers, either first time buyers or buyers who have not purchased a property for a number of years, for a brief synopsis of the buying process. The following is an outline of that process, which I hope you find useful.

Divorce and Family

Why Paul Hollywood was wise to settle his financial proceedings in arbitration


Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has resolved the financial arrangements in his £10m divorce from ex-wife Alexandra in arbitration, according to reports in the press last month. Arbitration is not confined just to celebrities. It has several advantages compared to going to court, including speed, confidentiality, lower legal costs and the trauma of having to attend court. This can be frightening for some people, anxious and stressful about what to expect in court and the potential hostility of coming face to face with their husband or wife.

Residential Conveyancing

What effect will a new government have on the residential property market?


The announcement of the general election appears to have led the housing market into yet another period of uncertainty, with Rightmove reporting a 1% decline in average house prices in November. In this article, Jessica Scarlett explores what effect a new government could mean for the residential property market, based on the manifesto promises of the major parties.

Divorce and Family

Should you start a new relationship during your divorce?


It can be tempting after your marriage has broken down to dive straight into a new relationship. But would that be wise? What impact can a new relationship have on your divorce and, in particular, the financial settlement?

Residential Conveyancing

The importance of a proper drainage and water search when purchasing your new home


When purchasing a house or flat, your solicitor should carry out all the necessary searches, and these are compulsory if you are obtaining a mortgage. One of these is a drainage and water search. In this blog, we explain why carrying out the correct water and drainage search is so important for home buyers.

Divorce and Family

Judge orders child to live with his father due to mother’s alienation


In this blog, I consider a recent case in which a judge ordered the transfer of residence of a 12-year-old boy from his mother to his father as a result of the mother alienating the boy from his father.

Commercial property

High Court decision in Debenhams CVA case offers little comfort to landlords


Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) have become a popular way for struggling retailers to reduce their costs, in particular, liabilities under their leases. In this blog, Adam King looks at the recent High Court decision to reject a claim by a group of Debenhams’ landlords who challenged the legality of the retailer’s recent CVA. The decision has important and, for the most part, negative implications for landlords of retail property.

Divorce and Family

Should the law be changed to ensure children spend equal time with each parent after divorce?


One of the biggest anxieties for parents getting divorced is the arrangements for their children. Many clients are surprised when I tell them that there is no legal presumption that children should spend equal time with both parents. In this blog, I consider whether the law should be changed to specify this as a starting point.