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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:

In 2013 the Government introduced a new category of employee known as an employee shareholder. An employee shareholder is somebody who works under an employee shareholder employment contract. This can be offered to a new employee starting a new job or it is an arrangement that can be offered to existing employees. This might be to encourage existing or prospective employees to take greater part in the management or future of the company by offering them shares and a “stake” in the company that employs them. However the rules relating to employee shareholders are complex and care needs to be taken.

The Flood Reinsurance scheme (Flood Re) is the system preferred by the government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to secure available and affordable insurance against flood risk for homeowners whose properties are considered to be at high risk of flooding.

The regulations to establish Flood Re came into force on 11 November 2015. Flood Re is likely to start business in April 2016.

When the Working Time Regulations were introduced in 1998 they required an employee to take annual leave within the leave year in which it was due. Unless their employers agreed, they could not carry the unused leave over to the following year. Furthermore, employers were not entitled to make payment in lieu of untaken holiday unless the employment was actually terminated in the year in question. This situation often creates difficulties if somebody was unable to work through ill health for a period of more than a year. This issue has recently been resolved by the case of Plumb -v- Duncan Print Group Limited. EAT. Mr Plumb worked as a printer. He suffered an accident at work in April 2010. He remained off sick until his employment was eventually terminated in February 2014.

Lawson Lewis Blakers solicitors celebrated 140 years in Eastbourne at the Town Hall, Eastbourne on 22nd October 2015.

The evening was attended by many members of the firm past and present, other lawyers and friends. On display were pictures of notable events that occurred in 1875, such as the building of the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. It was particularly poignant to see a photograph displayed of the bombing of the offices which were occupied by Lawson Lewis in 1943.  Jeremy Sogno is the third generation of his family to be a partner in the firm, he is now joined by Nadine Ashford and Mark Barrett  (formerly of Blaker, Son and Young in Lewes).

Jeremy thanked the guests for supporting the firm over the years and made reference to the late Mr. John Porter and his own father who were longstanding partners in the firm.

A celebration was held in Lewes to acknowledge Blaker, Son and Young being established in the town since 1830.

Peacehaven Office too had a party to celebrate the branch providing legal services to Peacehaven and surrounding areas since 2000.


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We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Sogno and Rebecca Cole have each had their membership of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Specialist Panel renewed for the next five years.  Membership of this Panel is opened to experienced and specialist Family Law Solicitors who pass an open book examination.  Membership of this scheme is testament to our commitment to providing the highest quality legal advice.

From 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property (right to rent).  The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of residential properties from allowing certain people to occupy those properties based on the immigration status of the occupiers. Landlords will have to check the status of prospective tenants, and other authorised occupiers, to ascertain whether those parties have the right to occupy the premises before granting a tenancy. Landlords must also make sure that someone’s right to occupy the premises does not lapse. Breaching the prohibition could lead to a civil penalty of up to £3,000.

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