It is well known that land with planning permission for development can achieve a far higher price than farmland. At the time of writing, agricultural land in England is being sold for approximately £10,000 per acre, whereas land with planning permission for development could be worth more than £2,000,000 per acre in some areas. However before development can actually begin, vacant possession of the land in question must be achieved. Whether you are a landowner wishing to diversify, or you have perhaps inherited or are interested in buying or selling agricultural land, it is important to understand the different types of agricultural tenancies and the ways they may be bought to an end. Here at BHW Solicitors our team of experienced agricultural law solicitors are able to guide you through what can be a confusing and complex area of law.
July is Scams Awareness Month in the UK, and property fraud is top on the agenda.
Property fraud can take numerous guises, for example when:
- someone tries to sell your property;
- someone tries to transfer your property into their own name; or
- you are due to purchase or sell a property, the funds can be intercepted or someone asks you to transfer the funds to them instead of your conveyancer.
Those most at risk of property fraud are where their property is:
- tenanted (the tenant may pose as the owner of the property);
- mortgage free (as this would be easier to transfer into a different name); and
- the subject of a family dispute.
To protect you and your property from this risk, you should:
- ensure your property is correctly registered at HM Land Registry, and registered with up-to date details;
- sign up to property email alerts with HM Land Registry so you will know if someone applies to change your registered title;
- enter a ‘fraud prevention restriction’ on the property’s registered title. This restriction will stop anyone from selling or mortgaging your property unless a conveyancer certifies the application was made by you;
- choose your conveyancer or solicitor carefully when you are buying or selling your property; and
- always confirm your bank details by telephone with the conveyancer acting, and likewise confirm their bank details over the telephone if you’re in the process of buying or selling a property.
Blaby District Council held its latest free business breakfast networking event on 11th July 2017 at the Hilton Leicester Hotel, with our Robert Flannagan attending.
The event started at 7:30am and bacon sandwiches and hot drinks were available on arrival. The first half an hour provided an opportunity for the attendees to network amongst themselves. Blaby District Council then followed a welcome and introduction with information on the Leicester Business Festival, local developments and funding and support initiatives potentially available to local small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”).
After this, a guest speaker from East Midlands Chamber gave a talk on the Digital Growth Programme (previously eBusiness Club) which offers certain regional SMEs with business advice and support seminars and workshops. The Programme also provides qualifying SMEs with access to partial funding for implementing new technology.
This was followed by Leicester City Council giving a speech on Green BELLE. Green BELLE offers grants to certain Leicester and Leicestershire SMEs to implement technology which looks to reduce energy consumption. The grants are for half of particular project costs and, together with the Digital Growth Programme, may be of interest to local SMEs.
Many of the grants discussed at the event are financed, or partially financed, by the European Regional Development Fund and local SMEs may also find it useful to consider the information available on the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Business Gateway.
On 27th June, BHW entered into the final week of the HSBC table tennis competition playing our final league game. Our team had changed slightly from previous weeks with regular teammates Robert and Farhaan both away. Never one to back away from a challenge we welcomed table tennis newcomer and BHW partner Jack Khurana to the team.
Reflecting on our results after our first year in the competition we were feeling optimistic of a respectable league finish. One team member had even undertaken a table tennis lesson prior to our final game, giving us hope for a few additional match points.
We were unfortunately defeated on the final day but left with our heads held high having successfully placed mid-table and narrowly missing out on the competition quarter finals.
We would like to thank HSBC for their exceptional hospitality throughout the entire event and must give a special mention to Loros the affiliated competition charity. The event has raised thousands to support the charity and to ensure it can continue offering support to over 2,500 people each year across Leicestershire.
Firstly, you need to find out if the abandoned car is taxed. It is no longer a requirement to physically display a tax disc on the car, but this can still easily be done by entering the registration number into the DVLA’s website. This will then confirm whether or not the car is taxed.
If the vehicle is not taxed there is a facility to advise the DVLA online. The local authority should also then be contacted as they will usually arrange for the vehicle to be towed away – problem solved. [Read more…]
BHW Solicitors made its debut in HSBC’s table tennis competition on 7th June at the HSBC building on Penman Way, Grove Park, Leicester.
The event is now in its 8th year of running, and is superbly organised featuring 4 table tennis tables and an array of spectator seating. The host Graham Brown of HSBC was welcoming and showed us to our table straight away. The competition format for each fixture involved 9 matches – 8 singles and one doubles game. The format requires each team to feature at least 4 players and our representatives were Ed Nurse, Alex Clifton, Robert Flannagan, Farhaan Pathan and Brandon Pickard.
The competition had been split into two group stages with BHW facing a variety of local law and accountancy firms. First up was Spearing Waite. Having drawn a close and competitive 4-4 in the singles matches, a victory in the doubles gave us a win from our first match in the tournament.
On 13th June 2017, Partners Bev Merrell and Matt Worsnop took part in the annual 10k run in Rothley, Leicestershire. The course takes competitors twice around the village of Rothley, with at least three fairly steep up hills for runners to contend with. The run was well attended and the chosen charity this year was Loros. The weather on the night was humid, making difficult running conditions.
Bev has been running on and off for all of her life and does the Rothley 10k every year as a means of keeping fit. Bev also took part in the Leicester half marathon last year-something she always wanted to do after becoming a mother to Thomas in November 2014.
Matt has recently succumbed to the running bug and regularly takes part in runs across the country. Matt spends a lot of his spare time in North Wales where he frequently runs around The Great Orme in Llandudno.
Bev completed the course in 56 minutes and 58 seconds – a personal best. Matt completed the course in 59 minutes and 34 seconds – a personal worst – and vowed never to do the course again!
We are delighted to welcome Brandon Pickard to the BHW team.
Brandon has recently finished his final year exams of his law degree at the University of Leicester and will be working as a Paralegal in our Corporate and Commercial department. While working for us he will be studying the Legal Practice Course with a Masters in Law, Business and Management, part-time at the University of Law in Birmingham.
Brandon will be assisting the Corporate and Commercial team in their day-to-day activities while gaining valuable commercial, drafting and transactional experience.
During his studies to date, Brandon undertook numerous legal internships and roles for student bodies, societies and debate and mooting teams. We are positive that this experience will make Brandon a valuable asset to the team.
In his spare time, Brandon is a keen football player and cricketer and he also engages in voluntary work.
We place great emphasis on the development of our staff which is reflected by several of our Partners and Solicitors having trained with the firm. Brandon aspires to qualify as a Solicitor and hopes to undertake a training contract with us.
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The Chambers and Partners directory for 2017 has now been published, identifying the best lawyers and law firms in the UK. The directory generates its rankings using entirely independent research.
BHW Solicitors is ranked Band 1 for Corporate/M&A work in the SME and Private Company sector in the East Midlands (which includes Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Northampton). Ed Nurse, the Partner heading the department, has also been ranked as a Band 1 individual for his work in this sector. Ed’s team handles a full range of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures and company and commercial matters and has sector specific specialisms including Aerospace, Crowd Funding /Secured Lending and Estate Agency M & A. [Read more…]
BHW Solicitors has been confirmed as one of a handful of top law firms in the East Midlands for its Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property and IT and Telecoms work in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500, which was published in September. [Read more…]