19 Feb

Buying and selling property using Bitcoin

Written by Howard Bailey, a commercial property Solicitor at Spire Solicitors LLP. This time last year I didn’t think I would be writing a column about using bitcoin for buying and selling properties. The thought of cutting banks out of the conveyancing transaction seems unfeasible, however in December 2017 two new build homes in Essex… Read More »

09 Feb

Buying a property with someone else

Written by Sarah Fiddy, a Solicitor at Spire Solicitors LLP.  At some point in our lives, many of us will decide to buy a property with someone else. Along with all the other decisions to be made during the buying process, it is important to decide how you wish to co-own the property. This decision… Read More »

08 Feb

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Applications Now Open

Farming Minister, George Eustice, announced the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme at the Tech 2018 event, on 7 February. The scheme will be open for farmers to apply online for funding of between £3,000 and £12,000 for up to 40% of the cost of eligible equipment. This is the latest scheme to be launched under… Read More »

19 Jan

New year, new start, new home?

Written by Julie Crowder-Barr, a Graduate Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. With a New Year comes new beginnings and for many it is a time to start thinking about moving home. This can feel like a mammoth task, but being prepared is half the battle. Before you start looking for a property or think… Read More »

15 Jan

Businesses face bigger penalties on data leaks

Businesses are on final countdown to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, bringing with it tighter rules and greater penalties for data processing, and the outcome of a landmark High Court case has made the preparation even more pressing. The case involved an online leak of payroll data by Andrew… Read More »

09 Jan

Divorce: What happens to your family home?

Written by Sarb Gosal, Partner at Spire Solicitors LLP. Following the stresses, pressure and sometimes the trials and tribulations of Christmas, January is now sadly seen as a time of year for relationships to break down. Or at least for people to contemplate taking advice from a matrimonial specialist.  This can be a difficult time… Read More »

21 Dec

Keep Christmas for the children

Christmas celebrations for children are too often marked by family divisions when relationships break down. According to statistics from the ONS around 100,000 children per year see their parents divorcing, with many of those families breaking up after a long Christmas together, and family lawyers seeing a surge of enquiries for divorce each New Year…. Read More »

11 Dec

Purchasing a property – costs explained

Written by Catherine Turner, Paralegal at Spire Solicitors LLP. If you are thinking of purchasing your first home or moving house, it is important to understand all of the costs involved before you start house-hunting. Your solicitor will handle the legal work around the property, however there are some extra costs involved within the conveyancing… Read More »