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How to successfully apply for the Help to Buy equity loan

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Many people find themselves in a position where they are financially comfortable with mortgage repayments, yet cannot save up the necessary deposit to purchase a home. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme offers the opportunity for purchasers to borrow up to 20% of their property purchase price (40% in London).

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – A tool to protect the vulnerable

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This month saw a care home fraudster, David Barton, sentenced to 21 years in jail for conspiracy to defraud and for theft offences against elderly and vulnerable residents at his nursing home. Reports such as these highlight the possibility of fraud and theft against elderly and vulnerable people. We look at how making a Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) agreement can protect your finances and welfare, and the decisions made around them.

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What you need to know about Group B Strep

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This month we are raising awareness of this common and avoidable condition which can have devastating consequences for children at birth.

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Rising medical negligence costs – what is the real story?

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With NHS Resolution identifying that costs for medical negligence claims are increasing, Paul Rumley – Partner in our team – comments on whether the outcry we’ve seen in the media actually tells the whole story.

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Families have changed – why hasn’t the law?

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Cohabitation

To marry or not to marry that is the question? The number of cohabiting couples has doubled in the last 20 years and they are the fastest growing family type in the UK. This fact has been widely acknowledged in the legal industry and the media and is the driver behind the need for legislative reform.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney: Is the power in safe hands?

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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) have been in the press recently with headlines telling us that investigations by the Office of the Public Guardian* into actions of Attorneys are on the rise. Understanding an Attorney’s responsibilities, and an education of what they can and can’t do is often the important issue. We look at some of the ways you can make sure you are acting correctly as an Attorney.

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It’s not too late…

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Whilst the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act are now in force it is not too late to look at your compliance. If the Information Commissioner’s Office does receive a complaint about your data procedures or a breach occurs you will be in a far better position if you are working towards compliance than you would be if you had not put any measures in place.

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Why choosing the best conveyancer is important- lessons to be learned from the Dreamvar Appeal (2018)

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The recent appeal in Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya [2018] EWCA Civ 1082 (heard together with the appeal P&P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP) highlights important considerations for property practitioners, professionals and in particular the public.

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Leaseholds – what you need to know

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Leasehold tenure has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months. In December 2017, the Department for Communities and Local Government published its consultation paper ‘Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market’. Responses to that paper have helped shine a spotlight on the abuses and malpractice prevalent throughout the leasehold market. The paper itself received over 6000 responses, demonstrating the strength of interest in the issue. With the Leasehold Reform Bill currently in its second reading in the House of Commons, what exactly are the problems facing leasehold and how would reform be shaped?

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Don’t forget digital! Estates are being undervalued as online assets are missed out.

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The online world is so entwined with our reality nowadays that we could be forgiven for forgetting, or underestimating, how many accounts and profiles we have created for ourselves over the years.

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When bees attack: a perspective from a lawyer and beekeeper

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Personal injury lawyer and beekeeper Richard Brooks takes a look at a recent story about a young boy who was injured by bees, and what the legal position is should you be victim of an angry swarm.

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The Gosport Hospital scandal – how did the ‘Dr Opiate’ case even happen, and what can be done about it?

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The inquiry into Gosport War Memorial Hospital has now reached its verdict. Here, Lucy Crawford from our inquest and fatal accident team asks how the scandal might have happened, and what could be done to set things right.

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