21 Jun

What is Vacant Possession?

Written by Sarah Lake, Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP When buying or selling a property, you will be asked if the property is being sold with or without vacant possession. Whilst the differences may seem obvious, it is important to understand the distinction to ensure the property is left as expected on completion…. Read More »

21 Jun

Challenging times : what happens when family is cut out of the will

High profile inheritance disputes follow celebrities and the super-rich as surely as night follows day, but such challenges are becoming increasingly common, whatever the values involved.  Some of the names to have made headlines include the artist Salvador Dali, whose body was exhumed last year for a DNA test after a woman claimed to be… Read More »

04 Jun

Employers must tackle their game plan before kick-off

With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Moscow, football fans will have their eye on the ball, whether for England or their home country.  And following England’s 2-1 win in its warm-up friendly with Nigeria, the tactics for the team are likely to be the focus of much debate.  But it’s not just… Read More »

21 May

Divorce goes virtual, but complex cases will keep their day in court

A new online service should cut the stress of applying for a divorce according to the Ministry of Justice, but family law professionals say it’s likely to benefit only those with simple finances who are pursuing the DIY route.   The Ministry of Justice announcement of the nationwide scheme for online divorce applications follows a successful… Read More »

14 May

Companies catch sting in tail of immigration law

The Windrush immigration scandal has highlighted many stories of individual suffering from people who believed they were legitimately living and working in the UK. Many have lost their jobs and while it may seem employers have been unduly harsh, under the Immigration Act 2016 every employee must be subject to what is known as a… Read More »

10 May

The buying process- Q & A

Written by Sally Yaxley, a Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP Norwich office. Q) When do I need to pay my Conveyancer? Your Conveyancer will initially need some money on account for searches and disbursements; usually a few hundred pounds. Your deposit (generally 10% of the purchase price) is payable just prior to exchange of… Read More »

02 May

Spire Solicitors LLP Strengthens Executive Team with Two New Partners

Spire Solicitors LLP are pleased to announce the promotion of Susan Ward and Ejike Ndaji, to Partner. Susan joined the firm in 2016 and has been instrumental in forming the foundations of the New Build team. Susan holds 35 years of legal expertise and specialises in all areas of property related matters, including residential sales… Read More »

27 Apr

The hidden disability: when mental health affects employee wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week – 14th – 20th May 2018 – is an opportunity for employers to revisit current practices and to see if their policy and culture match up to best practice The taboo of talking about mental health has started to shift, following several high-profile campaigns, but many employers are keeping quiet and… Read More »

27 Apr

Things to consider when purchasing a New Build Home

Written by Susan Ward, Senior Associate at Spire Solicitors LLP. In an attempt to try and tackle the national shortage of property, the number of new build developments across the UK is increasing rapidly. New build homes can be appealing for a number of reasons, however more often than not we hear stories about nightmare… Read More »

11 Apr

Penalty Clauses & Side Letters – Having a ‘bit on the side’

Landlords and tenants quite frequently enter into side letters (supplemental to the lease) to reflect particular arrangements between them. Side letters can include rent concessions where the landlord might, for example, agree to accept a lower rent than that specified in the lease.  It is relatively common practice for a landlord to specify in such… Read More »