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Wealth, Health and Inheritance Briefing

April 2021 edition In this issue we report on the capital tax provisions in the recent budget; it would appear that any radical changes are still to come. Could those changes include a Wealth Tax? We look at the Wealth Tax Commissioners’ report. We have recently launched an online Wills...

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Better the devil you know – The move from LIBOR to SONIA

No, unfortunately this article is not about the 1980s pop princess Sonia but the rather more mundane (but crucial) imminent replacement of LIBOR as the base benchmark rate in many loans in the social housing sector. You may already have noticed in funder term sheets that pricing going forward is...

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The carbon free home

Philip Brown, Commercial Property Partner comments on the impact of the Energy White Paper for the house building sector. One of the three major parts of the Energy White Paper focused on creating a fair deal for consumers, with objectives and measures to be achieved. The primary objectives outlined include...

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Major changes in family law mean separating couples need more support

This year is set to be a year of major developments in divorce and family law with new laws currently pending and issues like coronavirus and Brexit causing a significant impact. We are urging people to seek professional help to navigate these new changes and avoid being caught out by...

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The Debt Respite Scheme (‘Breathing Space’) – information for landlords and managing agents

What is the Debt Respite Scheme? The government’s Debt Respite Scheme comes into force on 4 May 2021. The Scheme provides qualifying individuals with a ‘breathing space’ from creditor action. There are two types of breathing space: ‘Standard’ breathing space: Individuals who are in debt and actively seeking advice from...

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Disruptive Asset Finance – Spring 2021

Welcome to the Spring edition of Disruptive Asset Finance There can be no doubt that COVID-19 has changed and challenged business models but we optimistically move forward and, having COVID-19 restrictions relaxed, we hope to see opportunities for businesses to bounce back and re-build. Businesses will need financial support to...

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£1bn commitment to decarbonisation

Priscilla Hall, Head of our London Office who leads the firms Construction and Green Energy teams, comments on the announcement by the Government to provide £1bn funding towards UK decarbonisation as part of its Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy. It was the expectation that the NHS, schools and industry are expected to...

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Wills hold key to family business succession

The amount of money a family pays in tax after a business owner dies can vary by tens of thousands of pounds simply because of the way their will is drafted. Jacqui Lazare, Senior Associate in our private capital team says there has been a rise in business owners changing...

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Developer De-brief – Spring 2021

We hope that you are keeping safe and well, and feeling hopeful, as we finally see light at the end of the very long pandemic tunnel. In this edition of Developer De-brief we consider some of the most interesting and topical legal issues faced by commercial property developers in the...

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Social Housing Case Bulletin – March 2021

Welcome to the March issue of our case law update Our social housing team are delighted to share recent cases from the higher jurisdiction courts in England and Wales that are relevant to the affordable housing sector. We trust that this update will be helpful and we welcome any queries or...

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