Probate delays: an update

Our Wills, Trusts & Probate team has been in contact with the Probate Registry, who has informed us that they are currently processing stopped applications from 15 February and straightforward applications from 31 May. Despite positive government data in recent months, this shows that the Probate Registry is still suffering from a significant backlog following […]

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Government launches consultation on LPA reforms

The process of applying for a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is currently predominantly paper-based, with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) receiving 19 million sheets of paper in the form of hard copy LPAs in 2019/20. The inefficiencies that result from the handling and storage of such large quantities of paper documents have […]

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Government’s new First Homes programme

A new scheme introduced by the government last month is a bid to further boost the housing market as well as filling the quota for affordable housing that needs to be factored in for every new major residential development site. This scheme takes the form of offering homes discounted by a minimum of 30% its […]

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Tenant victorious in landmark retail rent case

A High Court judge has decided that the rent of a Central London textile dealership, S Franses, should be set at £102,000 per annum under its new lease – less than half of the £220,000 the company was paying before its previous lease expired in 2016. The judge also ordered the landlord, the Cavendish Hotel, […]

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