If someone had asked me at the start of my legal career to estimate the amount of times I might be called upon to attend someone who was dying to prepare a Will for them, I would have said ‘maybe once or twice?’. Sadly, this has not been my experience and I am unable to say how many times I have done so. One survey recently highlighted that at least half the population have not made a Will. Another survey put the figure as high as two thirds. Why do we put off making a Will? I suppose it is because we have a reluctance to consider our own demise. The daft thing is, we all know it is going to happen one day...
In this article, planning law solicitor Michael Harman discusses the implications of Planning Inspectorate Appeal decisions, and how this can affect home improvement decisions. Spring has sprung and for some of us, thoughts turn to the garden or upcoming DIY projects (certainly I have a few to be getting on with!) here I will focus on two recent Planning Inspectorate Appeal decisions; the first concerning unauthorised development in the curtilage of a dwelling and the other concerning a change of use from a dwelling to a mixed use.
The Ministry of Justice have announced that new divorce legislation will be introduced, " as soon as Parliamentary time allows." The Family team at Holmes & Hills welcome this news. The changes will allow parties to divorce without blame. There will no longer be any need to raise allegations of adultery or unreasonable behaviour. Instead, you will be able to simply state that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Holmes & Hills Planning & Development Consultant David Whipps has been named as the 22nd best planning law solicitor in the nation, as published by Planning Magazine. As the only solicitor in Essex recommended by Chambers & Partners as a leader in planning law advice, the article featured in the trade publication for planning professionals is another well-deserved string to David’s bow.
Holmes & Hills conveyancing solicitors understand that today’s property market is full of potential challenges and pitfalls; unfortunately, not every sale goes smoothly. Rightmove’s ‘Little Blue Book’ states that the fall through rate on purchases has stayed at around 30% consistently since 2012. That is why we operate a no sale, no fee conveyancing policy*, so that nothing is lost should the purchase of your house fall through for any reason.
Holmes & Hills are delighted to have been ranked at number 30 in the list of Planning Magazines top 50 law firms, in relation to planning law. The article listed our planning and development department at number 38 just last year, so moving up 8 places has been a huge achievement for the department. Planning magazine provides readers with an insight into town planning, including areas of strategic and development management.
Business lunches can provide a beneficial opportunity for local business leaders to network, discuss local issues and of course, connect with contacts who they may be able to work with. Holmes & Hills Business Leaders Lunch combines this with a Guest Speaker from the Bank of England, in order to discuss the UK’s current economic situation in detail and answer any questions that businesses may have.
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Holmes & Hills are excited to be hosting a networking breakfast in collaboration with Lambert Chapman. At which Bank Of England Representative Alex Golledge will be giving an exclusive Off the record talk about the UK economy.