Buying A Property – What Type Of Survey Do I Need?

Julian B & W

I am buying my first property and have been told I need a survey.  What is this and why do I need one? The purpose of a house survey is to help you find out about the condition of the building.  If the house survey identified any problems it gives you a powerful tool to…

Help is at hand for West Midlands’ house buyers

Thursfields Staff Member Louise Jones

HOME OWNERSHIP IS AT ITS LOWEST since the 1980s, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation, and people in the West Midlands are among the worst hit in the country. The news is especially damaging for first time buyers hoping to get a foot on the property ladder. Alongside Manchester and Sheffield, the West…

Overriding Interests – How Relevant Are They Today?

Janeen-Brindley

What is an Overriding interest? Overriding interests are interests that are not registered at the Land Registry, but which still bind a party who acquires the land that is subject to the interest. Recently (2106), the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (FTT) held that the buyer of a registered freehold title took the land subject to…

The Supreme Court considers a landlord’s implied repairing covenant

Naveed Ansari Black and white photo

In the recent Court of Appeal case of Edwards v. Kumarasamy [2016], judgment was given on the interpretation and application of s.11 of Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 which relates to repairing obligations of landlords. Landlord’s repairing obligations under s11 of the LTA 1985 This sets out the repairing obligation that for all tenancies for…

The Agony and the Ecstasy!

dispute resolution team member Mark Pittaway

Buying your first home can have more ups and downs than the average fairground rollercoaster.  The process can seem fraught with difficulties and obstacles, all of which stand between you and your dream purchase.  The challenge is not to let you heart rule your head.  Your house is likely to be the single biggest purchase…

Guerrilla Projection Advertising – What Can I Do?

Man writing on a desk

Some of you may well be wondering what “guerrilla projection advertising” actually is, let alone whether it affects/has affected you or your business.  For those of you that are wondering that, it can be explained very briefly as, the projection of an image (moving or otherwise) onto a building or other object, without the appropriate…

HMRC shakes up employment tax regime

Jayne Holliday Black and white photo

This week has seen two papers published by HMRC proposing changes to certain areas of the tax regime for employees and former employees. Salary Sacrifice Salary sacrifice schemes are a long established method of funding employee benefits enabling the employee to save on income tax and NICs, and for the employer to save on employer’s…

New Family law Associate Solicitor joins the Solihull office

Thursfields, is pleased to welcome a new Associate Solicitor to its Family law team at the new Solihull branch, in response to client demand. Kelly Pougher joins the firm’s Family team from Sydney Mitchell. Kelly is an extremely experienced family solicitor with expertise in divorce, financial matters, co-habitation agreements and also has a real knowledge…

Animal Houdinis – your legal liability?

Stefania-Fulford black and white

Yesterday seemed to be an eventful day in Worcestershire with more than one report of escaping animals making their way into the local press. A flock of sheep escaped from their field and caused chaos on the Powick roundabout just outside of Worcester, and a pet dog managed to climb onto the roof of its…

Worcester Wills & Estates Team raise over £2,000 for Charity

Thursfields Staff Member 83

Thursfields’ Wills & Estates Team in Worcester have been busy raising an impressive £2,305 for Leukaemia CARE, a blood cancer charity based in Worcester. Having raised funds for Leukaemia CARE through other events last year, the team at Thursfields again set about organising another ‘Make a Will Week’ in early Summer which proved to be…

Flying Freeholds

Coloured House doors

What is a flying freehold? “Flying freeholds arise when part of one property is built on top of part of another property, and so the upper property owner does not own the building or land underneath the “flying” part.” One of the most common examples of when a flying freehold might occur is when a…

New recruits for Commercial Services team

Thursfields Staff Member 77

Thursfields has recruited four new Senior Associate Solicitors to its commercial services team in response to client demand.  This follows on from winning Birmingham Law Society’s Law Firm of the Year award (5-15 Partners) and recently opening offices in Birmingham and Solihull to add to the firm’s core presence across Worcestershire.  John McLean joins from…

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