Guide to Mortgages

Guide to mortgages including explanations of your obligations as a borrower, vacant possession, indemnity insurance, property insurance, retentions and redemption penalties

Tenant Fees Bill receives Royal Assent - how this may affect you

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 is now law and will come into force from 1 June 2019. Designed to reduce the number of costs tenants face when renting a property, we look at what this means and how it could impact you.

Increase in Judgements against businesses in 2018

As we start 2019, records for 2018 show a significant increase in CCJs registered against businesses.

Key Changes to the Trade Marks Act 1994

Recent changes to Trade Mark regulation have come into force. Read how this could affect you here.

New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Landlords to Adhere To

Landlords must now ensure their properties meet new minimum energy efficiency standards and if they do not*, could face a significant fine or prohibition of re-letting.

Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate?

It is worth considering the benefits and burdens of each type of authorisation in order to determine which may be preferable from a licensing point of view.

Construction firms prioritise mental health

ONS statistics show that one industry particularly affected is construction, with men in the sector being 3 times more likely to take their own lives than men on average.

Civil Partnerships to be available to all couples

The move follows a recent Supreme Court ruling and will extend the option of civil partnerships, which were first available to same-sex couples in 2004, to mixed-sex couples.

The Deregulation Act: Further requirements for landlords

Previously, the 2015 Act only applied to tenancies granted on or after 1st October 2015. Three years on, and the rules will now stretch to cover ALL tenancies, made before or after that date.

Top 5 lessons for the smooth operation of an international franchise

For the franchisor looking to extend their franchise overseas, there's a number of very important considerations that can have a huge impact on your ability to grow.

Understanding mandatory licensing conditions

Since 2014 there have been five mandatory licensing conditions. Three of the conditions apply to all premises licences and club premises certificates which authorise the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises.

What you need to know about the Construction Act

In the absence of a formally signed document, a contractor may presume that he is on the back foot if any contentious issues arise. However, they could have a safety net to fall back on

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