News

04 Aug

Help to Buy scheme extended

Written by Ruth Collett, Conveyancing Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. On the 31st July 2020, the government announced a two-month extension to the current Help to Buy equity loan scheme, to assist with delays to housebuilding as a result of Covid-19. Under the scheme, which was being removed in March next year, new homes were… Read More »

04 Aug

The return of the high street

In this update, we will be focussing on the latest National Office of Statistics (ONS) updates and then looking at both issues around stores re-opening and the continued use of online platforms. The return of the High Street? The key point for us this week from the ONS for the period ending 30 July was… Read More »

28 Jul

Getting it together and getting it right

In this update, we are looking at the preparation required before entering into a joint venture. Tax changes possible for business sales Before we launch on this however, a quick note on the recent request by the Chancellor to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to report on how Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rates compare… Read More »

24 Jul

UK housing reform- What are the changes?

Written by Estelle Corner, Partner at Spire Solicitors LLP. The government has outlined new planning laws in an attempt to bring new life into high streets as well as opening up a new route for housing provision. At present, full change of use planning permission is required to convert a shop or office into a… Read More »

24 Jul

Buying a property- All you need to know

If you have had an offer accepted on your dream home, you may be wondering what you need to do next. Julie Crowder-Barr, Associate and Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP, discusses how the conveyancing process works. Stage 1: Instructing a conveyancer After your offer has been accepted, you will need to instruct a… Read More »

21 Jul

Ask the right questions, take the right risks

In the latest data from the Office of National Statistics, it showed figures of 20% of businesses continuing to trade, for all industries had experienced more innovation from the challenges faced by COVID-19. This seems to include businesses looking at each other in terms of joined up working practices, mergers and joint ventures. With COVID-innovation… Read More »

14 Jul

Business terms, don’t get caught out

Given all of the past few months, which have been both surreal and challenging as we all battle with home schooling, isolation and technology – it is good to see businesses focusing on building smarter, growing sustainably and recovering with resilience. However, oversight needs to be had for the Terms & Conditions of businesses to… Read More »

08 Jul

How will the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Holiday work?

Written by Jane Mickleburgh, Associate at Spire Solicitors LLP. On 8th July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday to help Britain’s housing market following the coronavirus pandemic. The property tax threshold has been raised to £500,000 in a bid to make home buyers exempt from paying any SDLT. The… Read More »

08 Jul

How to value your IP- Part 2

Following on from the previous update on valuing your Intellectual Property (IP), this update focuses on the more operational side of how to protect IP. As we said in part 1, integral to all the different forms of IP, is ownership. In every case it is important to establish the owner of the ‘rights’, be… Read More »

30 Jun

How to value your IP – part 1

Time and performance pressures on business owners can be unremitting at times, but perhaps for many, never so hard as now. When business owners/managers have got through with dealing with regulation and compliance, sorting HR issues, monitoring competitors, controlling expenses, and dealing with supply and manufacturing issues, it doesn’t leave much time to consider what… Read More »