Changes to Divorce Laws

On 6th April 2022 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force, bringing about significant changes to divorce laws and procedures. Under the new rules there will no longer be a requirement to blame the other party or wait for a minimum of 2 years separation before seeking a divorce. It will [...]

2022-03-22T13:18:58+00:00March 17th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dream of building your own home?

A new initiative from the Government has been announced – Help to Build. Similar to the Help to Buy equity loan, this particular proposal is an equity loan from the government of up to 20% to assist individuals building their own dream home. There are, of course eligibility rules including, you must fully own the [...]

2022-03-22T13:41:19+00:00January 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A lot of be thankful for in 2021

This past year, even more than most, we have had a lot to be thankful for here at Oglethorpe, Sturton & Gillibrand. Despite the pressures that all businesses have faced in continuing to navigate the uncertainty and ever changing landscape caused by the Pandemic, we have continued to grow from strength to strength. With new [...]

2021-12-21T09:52:45+00:00December 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Property Fraud

A recent case of a fraudulent property transaction has been making headlines and provides a stark warning to both conveyancers and property owners. The owner of the property in question was working away from his Luton property when he was informed by neighbours that there was activity in the home. Upon returning, he discovered that [...]

2021-12-08T10:44:29+00:00December 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Excellence recognised in The Legal 500 rankings

We are delighted to be recognised in the latest Legal 500 UK rankings. Based on feedback from clients and intermediaries, along with submissions made by law firms themselves, The Legal 500 highlights individual solicitors and teams that are providing ‘the most cutting edge and innovative advice’. We are listed under Agriculture and Estates, Real Estate [...]

2021-10-29T13:07:58+00:00September 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Senior partner retires from the partnership

It is the end of an era as our senior partner, David Gillibrand, has retired from full-time work. David left the partnership on May 31 but is to continue as a consultant, for one day a week. For the first time there isn’t an Oglethorpe, a Sturton or a Gillibrand in the partnership – but [...]

2021-09-30T07:50:21+00:00September 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Increase in Probate Fees in 2022

The Ministry of Justice are proposing to increase the Probate Fee from £155.00 for probate professionals and £215.00 for personal applicants to a flat fee of £273.00 for all applicants, regardless of the size of the estate. A Grant of Probate is a document issued by the Probate Registry which gives Executors the legal authority [...]

2021-07-23T09:13:35+00:00July 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is an Article 4 Direction?

Anyone who has purchased a property in or around Lancaster within the last few months should already be aware that an Article 4 Direction is coming into force on 10th November 2021 in parts of Lancaster, but what is an Article 4 Direction? An Article 4 Direction is when a Local Council removes permitted development [...]

2021-07-21T08:08:05+00:00July 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are you the owner of a leasehold house?

Following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Persimmon Homes have agreed to allow its leaseholders the right to purchase their property’s freehold at a discount. Persimmon Homes currently have a right to buy scheme where the owners of leasehold houses can acquire the freehold, but this new agreement means that the purchase [...]

2021-07-14T12:14:38+00:00July 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The “Always On” Work Culture

For many people, the pandemic and particularly working from home, has extended working hours and eroded the differences between being at work and being at home. Working from home has led to workers receiving emails at all times of day leading to the comment “not so much working from home, as living at work”. Such [...]

2021-07-12T07:28:56+00:00July 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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