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Read about Hine Downing’s latest legal news, team announcements, updates and events we have supported in the local area.

Good news for home buyers in the Spring Budget


In July 2020 the government introduced a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday for purchasers, which could save buyers up to £15,000. The scheme, which has now been extended until June 2021, means people buying houses for up to £500,000 will pay no stamp duty on their purchase, providing the sale completes before June 30th… Read more »

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Divorce rates are on the rise as a result of pandemic


Data is emerging showing a rise in the breakdown of relationships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This pattern is being seen in countries across the globe as couples are locked down together.   Reasons given for this rise include the increased amount of time couples are being forced to spend together, alongside the… Read more »

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15th January 2021 Current opening hours and service provision


As 2021 kicks off, the Covid pandemic and our responsibilities to keep clients and staff as safe as possible continue to dominate thoughts. We wanted to update you on what we are doing to continue to bring you the best, most personal legal advice and services during these times of UK lockdown. We want to… Read more »

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As long as you stay safe – you can still buy a new home and move house


As one of Cornwall’s leading local conveyancing solicitors, the team at Hine Downing has been keenly watching the situation of the UK housing market and is keen to confirm to people that they are still allowed to carry out a planned house move and, indeed, go shopping for a new home. Despite the housing market… Read more »

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Stamp Duty holiday extended until March 2021


In July the government introduced a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday for purchasers, which could save buyers up to £15,000. The scheme, which runs out in March, means people buying houses for up to £500,000 will pay no stamp duty on their purchase, providing the sale completes before March 31st 2021. Properties over the… Read more »

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Temporary legislation released to allow wills to be witnessed via video link


The Government has confirmed that for the next two years wills will be able to be witnessed remotely in response to the covid pandemic. Previously, under the 1837 wills act, the will must be signed in the physical presence of two witnesses in order for it to be valid. However, with social distancing and lockdown… Read more »

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