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 »

11 Apr

Changes to tenancy agreements- do they affect you?

Written by Sharron Tennant, Partner at Spire Solicitors LLP. If you are a private Landlord or a Tenant who has a private Landlord, it is likely that your tenancy will be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). You may therefore be affected by recent and proposed changes to the law relating to this type of agreement…. Read More »

23 Mar

Agricultural Diversification: Fields of Gold

Diversification in farming has long been a hot topic for keeping your business sustainable. Spire Solicitors LLP’s Agricultural Department comments on how landowners should be maintaining the balance between diversification to keep your family business profitable weighed against potential tax pitfalls. The advent of 2018 and the progression of the Brexit negotiations has intensified speculation… Read More »

20 Mar

Consultation on Domestic Abuse Launches

The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors. Domestic abuse comes in many forms and in recognition of this the government has put forward proposals for new laws which would transform the country’s approach to this terrible crime. The consultation, which was launched on… Read More »

16 Mar

Freehold v Leasehold- what’s the difference?

Written by Rebecca Leeman, a Chartered Legal Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. When buying a property you may come across the term Freehold or Leasehold. This may seem like technical legal jargon but the differences are important and will determine if you own your home outright or have a landlord. As a general rule, most… Read More »

05 Mar

Boundaries Q&A

Written by Liz Bailey, a Conveyancing Executive at Spire Solicitors LLP. When you are buying a property it is always important to consider your property boundaries. Whilst this may not be top on the priority list, it could become essential in the future especially when a fence or wall needs repairing. What is a boundary ?… Read More »

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 »