First Time Buyers Relief – does anyone actually know about it?

2.2M ENGLISH FIRST-TIME BUYERS IN THE DARK ABOUT RECENT STAMP DUTY CHANGES

RESEARCH FROM LEADING ONLINE BROKER L&C MORTGAGES HAS FOUND THAT THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE IMPACT OF THE CHANGES TO STAMP DUTY FOR FIRST-TIME BUYERS.

Almost a third (31%) don’t know if the stamp duty abolition will benefit them when they buy their first home.
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The Changing Scope for Mediation 29/04/16

In cases of separation, an idealist would have both parties reach amicable mutual agreement when it comes to assets and child arrangements. Though this often cannot be achieved, it remains the primary driver behind the prominence of the form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), known as Mediation, in private family law. In mediation, two contending parties meet with an independent impartial third party and attempt to reach settlement through dialogue in good faith. The benefits of such resolution are clear as both parties stand to avoid time-consuming financial and emotional detriment. Continue reading The Changing Scope for Mediation 29/04/16

Being a Trustee 24/02/16

The world of Trusts is becoming ever more scrutinised and an inadequate service is unlikely to be tolerated. The modern Trust administrator faces a set of challenges. The landmark events that occur in the lifetime of a Trust, be it the need to raise cash for beneficiaries or reorganisation after a death, bring the need for professionalism into sharp focus. The increasingly important weight given to Trust assets in portfolios puts the Trustee on notice that independent, professional advice is necessary if the assets held in the Trust are to be dealt with properly. Continue reading Being a Trustee 24/02/16