Buyer Beware

Coloured House doors

Historically the principle of Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) has applied when purchasing property. The principle effectively means that the buyer is responsible for uncovering any negative issues that may affect the house they are purchasing.  However, this principle has been recently modified by legislation where a seller or their agent must disclose any information they…

More than a Property Lawyer

Stephen Bradley Black and white photo

In the work associated with residential property sales and purchases (Conveyancing) those who carry out such services (known as Conveyancers) are required in many instances “to be all things to all men”. From many years of dealing with residential conveyancing transactions it is now more important than ever to be aware that we should also…

The cost of not getting a clean break order in divorce

Nigel Davies Black and white photo

The cost to Mr Vince of not obtaining a clean break order, in the divorce that took place 19 years before his former wife made a financial application, was a payment to Mrs Wyatt of £625,000.  This was a payment of £300,000 for the wife and £325,000 towards her legal costs.  She may have additional…

Debts & disputes – advice for business owners

Thursfields Staff Member 87

Are you a business owner plotting a course through the difficult and economic conditions and uncertain political times? A wide range of businesses can feel the pinch during a recession, and are therefore more likely to seek to extend credit terms to give themselves breathing space. So, creditors need to chase payments more aggressively than…

To mediate or not to mediate…that is the question

Mark Pittaway

Ask anyone who has done it. Going to Court to resolve a dispute is an expensive, time consuming, adversarial and risky business. What is more, most of those asked about the experience will say that it is not a happy one, even if you ‘win’. Things are rarely as clear cut as they seem and…

Shared Ownership Housing (“Part Buy / Part Rent”)

Julie-Goodman B & W

In an effort to assist first time buyers and people trying to get back onto the property ladder, the Government have introduced many “Help to Buy Schemes” over the last few years – the latest being the “Help to Buy ISA”. However, although this has gone some way to assist, buoyant house prices, the need…

Within a Will lies peace

Thursfields Staff Member Clinton Townsend

Making a Will sounds easy and straightforward enough and the truth is that from a practical sense it is.  Why, then, do so many of us not make one? We all know that making a Will makes sense; that it allows us to leave those things that we have worked so hard for to those…

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