Scottish eviction ban extended until end of March

  The Scottish Government has announced that its temporary ban on eviction orders will be extended until the end of…

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Special Report: Supporting Empty Homes Officers across the UK with The Empty Homes Network

Fraser and Fraser is delighted to be one of the sponsors of this year’s Empty Homes Network (EHN) Conference, in…

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New Year’s Honours for local government workers

Workers in local authorities across the UK have been recognised for their response to the pandemic in the 2021 New…

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£67 million housing fund for West Yorkshire must develop sites of ‘evidenced market failure’

  Last year the UK Government announced the investment as part of its ‘Brownfield Housing Trust’, an initiative to bring…

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Over 2,000 Empty Homes in Reading – and rising

A freedom of information request by the Local Democracy Reporting Scheme has revealed that the number of empty homes in…

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Superstar Prince’s Estate Undervalued by £58.5 Million, Says US Tax Investigators

The controversy around the estate of megastar Prince takes another turn, as the US’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) calculations demonstrate…

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Chancellor Urged to Reform Inheritance and Property Taxes to Pay for Fight Against Coronavirus

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure from campaigners to conduct an urgent reform of inheritance and property taxes, to help…

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The Brexit Trade Deal: Both Positive and Negative for Lawyers

  With a first-look at the UK-EU trade deal that was signed on Christmas Eve, the news is both good…

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Divorce Day 2021 Figures Expected to be Lower Than Usual, Owing to Lockdown Splits

Fewer couples are expected to file for divorce on this year’s ‘Divorce Day’ compared to previous years, say experts, as…

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Paper Probate Deadline Extended Until Early 2021

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has announced it will accept paper probate applications into the New Year, following the news…

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Scottish Long-Term Empty Property Figures Jump by 16%

Latest figures just published by the Scottish Government

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Abandoned Aberdeen Office Block Could Create 50 New Flats – Under Council Conditions

An empty office building in Aberdeen could be transformed into 50 new ‘co-living’ spaces, if the developers agree to the…

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Empty Liverpool Housing Estate Deserves New Lease of Life, Says Resident

The Primrose Court housing estate in Huyton, Liverpool, is mostly abandoned.

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Empty Homes Should Form Part of Dundee’s Homeless Action Plan, City Council Told

Dundee City Council has been asked to consider bringing empty homes back to life, as part of its plan to tackle the city’s housing crisis.

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Maradona: football great leaves “challenging” inheritance issues

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona appears to have left behind a challenging financial legacy. The iconic sportsman, who died last…

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Video-witnessed wills: are they a risk for solicitors?

This week has seen more discussion on the subject of video-witnessed wills and the issues they might raise with legal…

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Wealth transfer among families: a cautious approach could pay off

The amount of money exchanged between British family members hit an all-time high of £69bn last year and that sum…

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Pandemic has brought a “striking shift” in will-making

The “overwhelming majority” of Britons do not have an up-to-date will despite a “striking shift” that has seen many people…

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Empty shops plan could create homes and transform town centres

A West Midlands council predicts its plan to regenerate the town centre by converting empty shops into homes could serve…

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Redevelopment plan for Leeds church, derelict for 30 years

A landmark Leeds church, which has stood empty for more than 30 years, may finally be getting a new lease…

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