Government


New Probate Fees – April 2019

This month, the government is proposing to change the current probate fee structure from a flat rate fee, to one based on the value of the estate. The new proposals set out a banded structure, where fees rise with size of the estate. At the moment, families in England and Wales pay a flat probate fee of £215, or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, […]


Government to “clamp down” on leasehold mis-selling

The Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government James Brokenshire has written to the Competition and Markets Authority and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in an effort to tackle issues with the leasehold market. Official figures point to approximately 100,000 tenants trapped in “exploitative and unfair” leasehold arrangements, with home owners suffering a ‘Double Clause’ in the worst cases. This amounts to ground rent […]


The drone code – law changes on operating drones

The government has introduced new laws on flying drones today (30 July 2018) restricting all drones from flying above 400 feet and within 1 kilometre of airport boundaries. As well as five years in jail, the penalty is also an unlimited fine. Changes came into effect to help ensure the model aircrafts, which hover in the air, are used safely and responsibly. This comes following […]


The Taylor Review – Government Response

This month, the UK Goverrnment published its long awaited response to Good Work, the Taylor Review’s independent report into modern working practices. That report, published in July 2017, made numerous proposals with the aim of securing fair and decent work for all. It covers many kinds of modern work – agencies, zero hours, contractors and the online gig economy. The government have set an intention […]