Stamp Duty Holiday

The Government's summer statement announced temporary changes to stamp duty land tax payable by buyer's purchasing a main residence with immediate effect from 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021. Buyers purchasing their own and main residence during this period with a value of less than £500,000 will now pay no stamp duty. An amazing [...]

2020-07-09T09:42:51+00:00July 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

An End to the Blame Game?

New laws introducing ‘no fault’ divorces in England and Wales have been given the Royal Assent. Under the current law blame must be attributed to one party to have a divorce unless you have been separated for at least 2 years by alleging either adultery or unreasonable behaviour. The new law means that, to start [...]

2020-07-07T11:00:34+00:00July 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Courts reopening for face to face hearings

An expansion of face-to-face hearings was planned this week as 16 more court and tribunal buildings open across England and Wales as the pandemic restrictions are lifted. One hundred and fifty-nine HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) locations have remained open throughout the pandemic and a further 9 have opened in the last few weeks. [...]

2020-06-19T14:47:18+00:00June 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feedback Friday

Here is such a lovely comment written by a client following a recent property matter which partner Sarah Miller dealt with, and as always was outstanding - "Sarah's commitment to my case and her perseverance in the face of unprecedented difficulties caused by coronavirus regulations and lockdown, were outstanding. She went "above and beyond" in [...]

2020-06-10T19:53:56+00:00June 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are you looking to buy your first home? 

Are you a first time buyer, looking to buy your first home but don't know where to start? Here are a few helpful tips: 1. Make sure you have been in touch with an independent mortgage broker so you know how much money you can borrow, and so you have an idea of the purchase [...]

2020-06-04T07:13:17+00:00June 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New partner for long established and trusted law firm

PRESS RELEASE: A long-established law firm Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand is continuing its expansion plans even during a time of uncertainty in the economy. Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand, which has offices in Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale, has taken on a new partner, David Anthony Barnes, who is a senior solicitor with over 25 years of experience specialising [...]

2020-06-02T11:58:28+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fixed Fee Appointments

We understand that in these difficult times your family difficulties haven’t gone away, or that they may have even got worse. That’s why we are still here for you and are able to offer you our fixed fee initial advice meeting remotely. The meeting will be with one of our specialist family solicitors and will [...]

2020-05-15T09:19:33+00:00May 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New electrical safety regulations for private rented sector

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 come into force on 1 June 2020. The new regulations require private sector landlords in England to undertake regular safety checks of electrical installations in their properties. Subject to some exclusions they apply to: New residential tenancies from 1 July 2020; and Existing [...]

2020-05-07T08:30:41+00:00May 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments