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 »

11 Dec

Christmas gifts that keep on giving

Christmas shopping usually means a visit to the high street or browsing online retailers, but the season of giving can be a good time to make sure you’re maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs, whether to family, friends or charity, while spreading some seasonal cheer. While larger gifts may be taken into account, anyone… Read More »

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

  GDPRCountdown   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… Read More »