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Treasury consults on higher SDLT for second homes and buy-to-let properties
HM Treasury is consulting for only five weeks on the details of the higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of additional residential properties, such as buy-to-let properties and second homes, announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement.
Help to Buy: ISA scheme - Conveyancer Guidelines published
HM Treasury has published the Conveyancer Guidelines for the Help to Buy: ISA scheme. The guidelines explain the conveyancer's role in the process. They also give details of the process for registering to use the Help to Buy: ISA scheme portal.
HMLR - changes to handling disputed applications
From January 2016, HM Land Registry (HMLR) is changing the way it deals with disputed applications. It will now allow six months for a disputed application to be resolved before it is referred to the Land Registration division of the Property Chamber, First-tier Tribunal.
Blog: You've been hacked - you just don't know it yet
Cybersecurity for law firms - webinar
The Law Society is working with police and government, as well as cybersecurity experts, to help solicitors stay up to date with the latest fraud and scam information. We are offering members training in cyberfraud and security prevention.
Vacancies have arisen for a Council member in the constituencies of Westminster and the Welsh Marches.
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is seeking expressions of interest from solicitors that would like to sit on its advisory group.
The Sentencing Council is publishing a consultation in February on the draft guideline for reduction in sentence for a guilty plea. The Office of the Sentencing Council will be speaking to a number of criminal defence solicitors and barristers about the draft guideline during the consultation period. If would like to give around 45 minutes of your time to participate in this research exercise, which will be conducted by telephone during February and March, please fill in this short form.
The new six-month pilot programme will enable Grade 4 prosecution advocates to undetake unduly lenient sentences case work normally reserved for Treasury counsel.
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North-west solicitor Edward Nally has been appointed as the new solicitor member on the QC Selection Panel, following an open competition for the role.
Better case management (BCM) is to be introduced across England and Wales, following its use in eight early-adopter Crown Court sites in October and November 2015. Rollout at all Crown Court sites will take place in January 2016 and will apply to cases where the date of sending is on or after 5 January 2016.
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