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nicola davies profileName: Nicola Davies
Position: FCILEx in the Residential Conveyancing Team

 

How long have you been practising?

For 17 years: 12 years as a Chartered Legal Executive  and 5 years before that as a paralegal

 

When did you join LLB?

In 2003

 

What is your role here?

I am a residential conveyancer, acting for individuals buying and selling properties. I also prepare trust deeds for joint owners, deal with re-mortgages, new builds, lease extensions, unregistered land and give co-ownership advice.

 

Making a Will provides you with an opportunity to choose who your beneficiaries will be. Of course there are some exceptions to this, but in general a Testator (person making a Will) is able to decide whom they wish to benefit from their estate.

When a person passes away without leaving a Will, or the Will they have made is invalid, they have died intestate and their estate is administered under the default Rules of Intestacy.


The Rules of Intestacy dictates; how an estate will be distributed, who will inherit and in what proportions.  Here is a link to the government website which will allow you to calculate how your estate would be administered under the Rules of Intestacy:-


https://www.gov.uk/inherits-someone-dies-without-will


Leaving your estate to be administered under the Rules of Intestacy is not ideal and can create extra work for your loved ones.  


Ensuring that you take appropriate advice estate planning advice and making a Will that suits your individual needs can:-

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 introduces a new (and complex) requirement for companies to maintain a register of their ‘persons with significant control’ (‘PSC’) intended to achieve transparency in beneficial ownership of UK companies, backed up with criminal sanctions for non-compliance.

This new requirement applies to the majority of UK companies, including charitable companies, and irrespective of their size or turnover will be required to maintain a PSC Register. There are very few exceptions to the rule.

The Government brought in the requirement for all companies to keep a PSC Register from 6th April 2016.

From 30th June 2016 companies will need to include PSC information when submitting their ‘confirmation statement’ at Companies House which will replace the current annual return.

PSCs include shareholders and Directors, but also others who may be acting behind the scenes.

If you require any information relating to the PSC regime, or for advice in relation to your particular circumstances, please contact Lucy Robinson or Richard Palmer.

Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over, who are not in their first year of an apprenticeship.

 

The new National Living Wage will be set at £7.20 per hour and is expected to increase to £9 by 2020. The National Living Wage introduces a 50p per hour increase to the current National Minimum Wage. However, the National Minimum Wage will still apply to workers aged 24 and under, and apprentices in their first year of an apprenticeship, although the rates will depend on their age.

 

What this means Employers:
The new National Living Wage will have a massive impact on businesses, particularly those that traditionally pay workers National Minimum Wage or thereabouts. If you are an employer you may find it useful to visit the government’

Lawson Lewis Blakers are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Palmer as director. Richard joined the firm in 2012 as an associate solicitor and has built a strong client base and reputation for excellent advice and first class service.

 

Richard said “I am very happy to have been appointed as a director of the firm, and I look forward to helping the firm continue build an already strong and respected brand and to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

 

Richard will continue to assist his clients with the same enthusiasm and dedication as before!

Christos Christou congratulates Richard Palmer on his new appointment as President of Eastbourne Law Society.richard lawv1

 

Richard said: “it is an honour to be elected as President. The profession has faced a challenging couple of years, and this looks set to continue, and so I hope to use this role to tackle those challenges head on together with my colleagues across the town.”

Whilst conveyancing teams across the country have been gearing up to deal with the anticipated changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on buy to lets, George Osborne announced a change to commercial SDLT rates on freehold purchases which took effect at midnight today (17th March).

 

The new rates provide for staging so that SDLT is charged differently on different parts of the purchase price, which is similar to how the residential SDLT charges are made.

 

The rates are as follows:

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