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Legal Services Fully Resume in line with Government Guidance

Frank Smith & Co Solicitors welcome news from the UK Government last week that conveyancing services can now resume in England. Our residential, rural and commercial property departments are now fully operational and eager to resume those aspects of our work which previous restrictions prevented us from temporarily carrying out. Our first priority in recommencing…
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Bridging payments give cash injection to Stewardship Scheme claimants

Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship Scheme claimants will be offered bridging payments for the 2019 claim year. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed that farmers and land managers will be offered bridging payments for unpaid claims on their stewardship agreements. The interest-free loans will cover Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship 2019 payments to ensure…
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COVID-19: competition law to be relaxed for dairy industry

On 25 March 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published further guidance on cooperation between businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its enforcement priorities in light of the current crisis. In summary, the CMA will not take enforcement action where businesses take temporary measures to coordinate action to ensure the supply of important goods…
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FRANK SMITH & CO SOLICITORS BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN

Our Preparations As the impact of Coronavirus is being felt around the world I am writing to you to let you know that we are doing our best to ensure that we continue to provide you, our valued clients, with the advice and service that you have come to expect from us whilst prioritising the…
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The Agriculture Bill 2019-2020

The Agriculture Bill 2019-2020 in the words of Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers Union, is “one of the most significant pieces of legislation for farmers in England for over 70 years”.  It was introduced into parliament on 16th January 2020. In a plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040 farmers are…
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Direct Payments to Farmers Bill Introduced

The Direct Payments to Farmers Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 9th January 2020. The Bill was introduced to provide certainty and continuity for farmers across all four corners of the UK and to give government powers to administer direct payments to farmers for 2020. The Direct Payments Regulation establishes rules for…
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Reservation agreements to be trialed in the new year.

Reservation agreements, whereby home buyers and sellers are “locked-in” to a transaction, could be trialed by March 2020 as the government has recently pledged to fix what it considers to be a ‘broken’ housing market and to make the buying and selling process quicker and less stressful. It is estimated that the homebuying process takes…
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Buying land with possessory title

Possessory title affects property where the seller’s title is based upon adverse possession (commonly known as squatting) or where title cannot be proven because the title deeds have been lost or destroyed. Acting for a client who is purchasing such a property where very little is known about it is never going to be as…
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Agricultural tenant workers – Are they there for life?

Offering accommodation to workers on your farm can be a convenient arrangement. However, the law is stacked in their favour and they could possibly live on your property indefinitely. Nevertheless, there are certain legal options for regaining possession. Is your tenant an agricultural worker? In order to ascertain what laws protect your tenant, you must…
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