17 Apr

Buy-to-let or Trust?

For many years, buy-to-let investments in the UK were a very attractive prospect. Rapidly rising house prices and good yields tempted a huge number of investors into the buy-to-let industry. However, in recent years, buy-to-let has become a little less attractive for individual investors. Higher stamp duty rates on second properties, the phasing out of… Read More »

10 Apr

Change in divorce law looks set to stop the blame game

The news that no-fault divorce is likely to become law has been welcomed, but while the legislation waits for its place in the parliamentary calendar, families must continue to deal with one party being ‘blamed’ for the breakup or wait for the change in the law.   And with the parliamentary calendar full of another divorce… Read More »

09 Apr

A Millenial Guide to Making a Will

According to research published in October 2017 there are currently 31,000,000 UK Adults who will die without a Will. From this data, only 16% of 18-34 year olds currently have a Will. Yet, with society continuing to evolve, the importance of making a Will is still as important as it has ever been. There are… Read More »

28 Mar

April rains for employers with raft of new legislation

Gender pay gaps, itemised payslips and what to do about working rights for EU citizens – these are some of the issues looming large for employers over the coming weeks, with April ushering in many significant dates for new and amended employment legislation. “It’s hard work keeping up to speed with employment law obligations,” explained… Read More »

26 Mar

Buying a new build home

Written by Ruth Collett, Conveyancing Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. When it comes to buying your new home, the decision of whether you buy a new build or an older house is a very personal choice. The advantages of buying new over old are: Maintenance costs are usually low for the first few years as… Read More »

18 Mar

Partner Promotion at Spire Solicitors LLP

Spire Solicitors LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Trick as partner to the firm, to continue its growth strategy. Emma joined Spire Solicitors LLP in 2015 and specialises in Private Client work including Wills, Estates, Powers of Attorney, and Trusts. She is a full member of the Law Society Private Client Section, The… Read More »

11 Mar

Purchasing a Property – Costs Explained

Written by Melissa Richards, Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP When purchasing a property, it is important to understand all the costs involved to ensure you can budget correctly. Along with the legal fees, there are a number of extra “costs” and “disbursements” to consider. To help people understand and compare costs, in December… Read More »

22 Feb

The benefits of registering your farmland

Written by Rebecca Allen, Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. Once properties are registered at HM Land Registry, deeds are no longer required to prove ownership and instead, property transaction will be registered with HM Land Registry. It became compulsory to register your land after most dispositions, such as a change in ownership, in… Read More »

12 Feb

Selling a property when someone dies

Written by Emma Willison, Solicitor at Spire Solicitors LLP If you are acting as an Executor or Administrator for an estate, there are a number of things to be mindful of when selling the property, otherwise known as a ‘probate property’. Grant of Probate Before you can sell the property, you will need to obtain… Read More »