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

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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MP’s back ‘No Fault’ Divorce Bill

June 26, 2020

Couples wishing to divorce will be able to apply for a no-fault divorce under The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, due to come into force in Autumn 2021. This bill allows couples to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, without placing blame on either party, paving the way for a more amicable divorce…. Read more »

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New guidance for people requiring face to face support at Hine Downing

As the government continue to ease lockdown and increase the activity that businesses are able to partake in, we are pleased to announce that our offices have now reopened to those who require face to face meetings with our team. We have put in place a number of safety measures in line with the Government… Read more »

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Cold calling warning

It has come to our attention recently that across the country people are being cold called by companies offering their heavily discounted will writing services. These companies often use the word ‘legal’ in their names and make claims that if they do not have a will that extra taxes could be imposed, or that their… Read more »

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Our office is closed but business continues as usual

In line with government guidelines and in order to keep everyone safe, the Hine Downing office is now closed. However, we are still open for business and have a dedicated team working remotely. We would like to reassure you that we are still available and able to continue to provide you with ongoing support and… Read more »

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