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Tenant Fees Act 2019

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 will come into force on the 1st June 2019. This Act aims to ban landlord and lettings agent fees paid by tenants in attempt to improve competition, fairness and affordability in the lettings sector. The Government has estimated that the Act will save tenants a total of £240 million a…
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Changes to Farming subsidies Post Brexit

Frank Smith & Co Solicitors is a specialist law firm operating in the centre of Cheltenham. We have first-hand knowledge in advising landowning and farming families. The Agricultural Bill was published in September 2018 and is expected to become law this spring. It is an integral part of the Government’s future planning for farming following…
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Avoid being stuck in a property chain

  Being stuck in a property chain, where you have made an offer on a new home but are struggling to sell your current home, can be very stressful. You may find yourself facing an ultimatum: proceed with the purchase or back out. In a situation like this, it can be helpful to seek advice…
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Illegal encampments

Unauthorised and illegal encampments can be a nightmare for land owners. In particular, sole traders with weak security can often be seen as soft targets for illegal encampments. Nevertheless, although illegal encampments can be difficult to deal with, the following advice can be of use: Land owners who have successfully removed unauthorised encampments from their…
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Festival of Remembrance 2018

On the 11thNovember 2018, we were honoured to attend the Cheltenham Festival of Remembrance at the Cheltenham Town Hall. At 7pm the Mayor of Cheltenham lit the Beacon as those who attended joined together to sing hymns and remember those who lost their lives in wars, with particular poignancy this year remembering the 100thanniversary of…
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The Agricultural Bill 2018

The Agricultural Bill was published on the 12th September 2018 and it is expected to become law in spring 2019. It is a key part of the Government’s plan for future farming and land management policy. The bill provides a framework for new agricultural policies and transition measures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. New…
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Pollution Penalty for Staffordshire Farmer

A farmer in Staffordshire was fined recently following pollution of Gayton Brook, Staffordshire where 3,000 fish perished. In a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, the Staffordshire farmer pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching Environmental Regulations following two pollution incidents and failing to provide adequate effluent storage. The first incident occurred in September 2015…
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Equestrian Update “Sold as Seen” Offers Little Protection

Here we remind horse owners of the dangers of “sold as seen” horse purchases following a spate of recent cases.  The phrase is one that seems to be very widely misunderstood in the equine community as offering a cast iron protection for a seller. Sellers often use “sold as seen” in an attempt to record…
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Relief for Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers across the UK are being offered a helping hand by the government which will include a range of measures such as compulsory milk contracts and a £10 million collaboration fund. Consultation in the coming months will centre on a fund that will work by bringing together and funding those interested in cooperation.  The…
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