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Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill
It was confirmed in The Queen’s Speech on 11th May that the government will introduce a Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill to ensure that “leaseholders of new, long residential leases cannot be charged a financial ground rent for no tangible service”.
Government announces update in respect of possession notices and evictions
The Government has announced that, from 1 June 2021, notice periods for possession in respect of residential tenancies will change again.
Building Safety Reform – Planning Gateway One
The Government is set to introduce new fire safety requirements into the planning system from 1 August 2021.
Government Consultation: Should it be mandatory for care home staff with older residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
On 14 April 2021 the Department for Health and Social Care launched a consultation, ending on Friday 21 May 2021, on whether or not the Government should make it mandatory for staff in care homes caring for older adults to have received their COVID-19 vaccination.
Devonshires creates PI Law Firm following merger
National law firm Devonshires has merged its clinical negligence department with pioneering barrister-led firm PI Law Direct to create Devonshires Claims, a specialist clinical negligence and personal injury practice.
Recent developments concerning ground rents – Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) action
The CMA has written to Countryside and Taylor Wimpey outlining its specific concerns that their use of lease terms that double the ground rent every 10 or 15 years breaks consumer protection law.
The Fire Safety Bill Passes through Parliament
After a protracted battle between the Commons and the Lords over whether building owners should be permitted to pass the cost of remediating unsafe cladding onto leaseholders, the Fire Safety Bill passed through Parliament yesterday without amendment from the Lords.
Devonshires boost Real Estate & Projects practice with new Partner hire
Katie Fung, who previously worked at Devonshires, has returned to the firm as a Partner to strengthen our growing Real Estate and Projects practice.
Applications are open for organisations to become strategic partners of Homes England
Applications are now open for organisations to become strategic partners of Homes England. Organisations that are interested in applying have until noon on 18 May 2021 to submit their proposal online.
Housing Possession Mediation Pilot Scheme
MHCLG has now published their guidance for the new housing possession mediation service, announced earlier this year.
Devonshires recognised for environmental sustainability
We are delighted to be rewarded for our environmental efforts, winning 4 awards at the 2021 Clean City Awards.
Devonshires promotes two more lawyers to partner
We are delighted to announce that we have promoted two lawyers to partner, taking the total number of partners at the firm to 43.