Swift stamp duty action needed to prevent dream home moves collapsing

Urgent action is needed to prevent tens of thousands of property market transactions collapsing at the cliff-edge end of the stamp duty holiday. The Law Society of England and Wales is urging people to write to their MP calling for swift action to protect consumers ahead of the budget on 3 March and the stamp … Continue reading Swift stamp duty action needed to prevent dream home moves collapsing

Call for urgent action ahead of stamp duty holiday deadline

Solicitors’ leaders are calling for urgent action to be taken to ease growing pressure in the residential property market ahead of the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday deadline on 31 March 2021. The Law Society is among key players in the home moving process who have written to the government asking for changes to … Continue reading Call for urgent action ahead of stamp duty holiday deadline

New guidance for conveyancers underpins efforts to kickstart housing market

The Law Society of England and Wales unveiled a guidance for conveyancers to support government plans to re-open the housing market, enabling people to move home safely. The collaborative sector guide sets out how the legal aspects of home moving can take place while complying with social distancing measures and public health guidance. The impact … Continue reading New guidance for conveyancers underpins efforts to kickstart housing market

New leasehold information rules a big victory for consumers

The endorsement by ministers of proposals to give consumers significantly more information early in the home buying process was today given a partial welcome by the Law Society of England and Wales. “It is encouraging to see government has recognised just how much easier it will be for consumers to make informed decisions if full … Continue reading New leasehold information rules a big victory for consumers

Digital Single Market – European Commission publishes guidance on free flow of non-personal data

Today, the European Commission published a new guidance on the interaction of free flow of non-personal data with the EU data protection rules. As part of the Digital Single Market strategy, the new Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data, which has started to apply in the Member states, will allow data to be stored and … Continue reading Digital Single Market – European Commission publishes guidance on free flow of non-personal data

EU to modernise law on consumer protection

The EU is modernising and reinforcing its consumer protection laws. Member states' ambassadors meeting in the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee approved a deal reached between the Romanian presidency and the European Parliament on a draft directive which amends four existing EU directives protecting consumers' interests. The directive covers a wide range of topics. It amends … Continue reading EU to modernise law on consumer protection

Antitrust: European Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google's rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Today the Commission has … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising