24 Nov

Autumn Budget 2017

Written by Rebecca Leeman, Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. Stamp Duty Stamp duty land tax is a tax paid by homebuyers when they buy property or land. Previously, first time buyers paid stamp duty on purchases above £125,000. Following the budget, the government announced stamp duty is abolished for all first-time buyers who… Read More »

21 Nov

The cost of Leasing a new premises

Written by Lauren Toynton, Solicitor, Spire Solicitors LLP. If you are considering taking on the lease of a commercial premises, then the likelihood is you are either starting a new business, or relocating a current one.  Either way, chances are you already have your hands full with the business aspects and could do without the… Read More »

20 Nov

Data Protection and GDPR Compliance

On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force. This will be the largest change in data protection laws in over 20 years. It will ensure a more robust legal framework is in place to regulate how organisations collect and use personal data and it will give individuals more rights… Read More »

14 Nov

Spire Solicitors Wins Law Firm of the Year 2017/18

Spire Solicitors has scooped the coveted Law Firm of the Year Award at this LawNet Awards, held at the Crowne Plaza, Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire in front of 210 staff from some of nation’s most recognised firms under LawNet. The Law Firm of the Year award, sponsored by Wilkinson Read & Partners recognises firms who… Read More »

06 Nov

Energy efficiency advice for landlords

Written by Jo Tinson, a Partner at Spire Solicitors LLP Watton office. The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has offered guidance to domestic Landlords to comply with the 2018 minimum level of energy efficiency. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 created a minimum level of certificate Band E… Read More »

01 Nov

Family finances make divorce negotiations increasingly complex

Divorce rates are on the rise, according to the latest statistics, and with the increase in the value of family assets, couples should do more to face up to financial affairs during the good times according to professionals.  According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the overall rate of divorce… Read More »

26 Oct

Selfie shots signal end to informal financial management

International payment processor Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate biometric security that will use selfies, fingerprints or voice records to approve purchases in the drive against fraud. In the first six months of 2017, over £500 million in attempted card fraud was prevented, with actual fraud losses coming in at just… Read More »

16 Oct

Considerations for buying a Leasehold Property

Written by Rebecca Leeman, a Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. When you buy a leasehold property, most commonly a flat, you own the dwelling for a set number of years subject to the conditions of a Lease. The Freehold is owned by the Landlord and they are usually responsible for maintaining the building… Read More »

16 Oct

New Build Conveyancing and NHBC Cover

Written by Ian Taylor, Solicitor at Spire Solicitors LLP Wymondham office. Great! You’ve bought your new home and it has National House Building Council (NHBC) cover. But what does that really mean? What are the benefits and are there any disadvantages? NHBC certificates are now provided with roughly 80% of new homes. There are other… Read More »