Q – I am a residential landlord looking to move into commercial property due to tougher tax regimes being implemented. What legal issues should I be aware of when moving from residential to commercial property?

A – Tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest payments for residential property has been significantly reduced, resulting in all buy-to-let residential properties (and second homes) now incurring an extra 3% stamp duty. Residential property investors are therefore left wondering whether they…

Decline in Zero-Hours Contracts

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’), an estimated 1.4m zero-hour contracts were in place in May 2017, down from 1.7m in May 2016. David Freeman, a senior labour market statistician at the ONS comments that…

Think Airbnb? Think Again!

You are a tenant or a landlord and you come across Airbnb. What a great idea, you think. You can make more money out of subletting or renting out your property on this website than you are paying in rent…

Divorce rate shoots up

The latest Office of National Statistics figures for 2016 have revealed a sharp rise of 5.8% in the divorce rate for opposite sex couples in England and Wales. This rise bucks the trend of the past five years where the divorce rate…

Should Foster Carers be regarded as ‘Workers’?

Foster carer, Sarah Anderson, has brought a claim against Hampshire County Council for unpaid holiday. She believes she is in an “employment relationship” with the council (as defined by EU law) which means she is entitled to four weeks of…

Claire Higham Family Law Solicitor Manchester Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis Expands Family Team

A leading Manchester law firm is building on its recent successes with the appointment of an experienced solicitor in the family team. Claire Higham, a family law specialist, joins Slater Heelis as an Assistant Solicitor and will advise clients on…

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Q – Why should I make a Will?

A – If you die without leaving a Will your Estate will pass following the “rules of intestacy”. These rules were first drawn up 1925 and are outdated and onerous and may mean that your Estate does not pass to…