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Oct 17

Are you buying, selling or leasing a commercial property?

Get the ‘Heads of Terms’ right! If you’re involved in a commercial property transaction then it’s advisable to have proper Heads of Terms (HOTS) in place from the outset. These...

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Oct 17

Raworths Receive Recognition in Legal 500 Guide

Raworths, has enhanced its reputation for excellence following its recommendation in seven areas of law by the Legal 500 Guide, published this week. Being quoted as ‘inspiring confidence’, ‘extremely knowledgeable’...

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Oct 16

Harrogate Conveyancers

Raworths Residential team welcome a new addition

Raworths have welcomed a key new addition.  Sally Robinson joins Raworths from another Yorkshire based firm to lead the residential property team. Sally has over 25 years’ experience acting for...

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Sep 16

Raworths ranked in eight areas of Law

The latest edition of Legal 500, a well-respected national guide to law firms, has just been released and Raworths Solicitors are delighted to have been recommended in eight areas of...

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Jul 16

The Bank of Mum and Dad

It’s the perfect bank with low interest rates and flexible repayment terms – it’s the Bank of Mum and Dad! It is estimated that in 2016 this ‘bank’ will lend (or...

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Jul 15

The end of ‘Revenge Evictions’ – is it going to be harder to evict a residential tenant?

Although the UK’s private residential rental market is relatively unregulated compared with other major European countries, all too often it can seem that the tenant holds the trump cards given...

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Mar 15

Agricultural Employment Contracts: Protection is better than cure!

Farmers and agricultural businesses are often more used to dealing with and adapting to vast swathes of legislation than many regular commercial businesses. Employment legislation and its impact on rural...

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Dec 14

Farming partnership disputes – Why are they so common?

Of all of the types of business ownership disputes which I come across, ones relating to farms are usually the hardest to resolve. Sometimes the basis of the dispute can...

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Sep 14

Partner promotion for Raworths’ senior associate

Senior Associate, Matthew Hill, at the Harrogate law firm Raworths, has been promoted to Partner in recognition of his contribution to the firm, his ability, experience, reputation within Dispute Resolution and...

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Jul 14

Why I Never Promise to be Exclusive

Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the symptoms of a booming property market are riding roughshod over the normal conveyancing process leaving chaos and havoc in their wake. Farmland...

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May 14

Commercial Rent Arrears – All Change

On 6 April 2014 landlords of commercial premises lost one of the most important and flexible weapons in their armoury. Prior to this change, the common law remedy of distress...

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Apr 14

Ostrich farmers? Why Sticking your Head in the Sand just won’t do!

Last week’s Industry Eye column dealt with the importance of making provision for your family if you have a farming business. I qualified as a mediator nearly twenty years ago...

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Sep 13

New Property Head at Harrogate Law Firm

Harrogate based law firm, Raworths has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Alasdair Inglis from international law firm Pinsent Masons as head of Commercial Property. Alasdair has worked...

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Apr 13

Farming Land for Elephants

Elephants are in fashion. Be it oil companies, miners or builders they all want elephant sites. The economies of scale provide the incentive to search for these sites. In the...

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Mar 13

Options and Overage Agreements Crucial for Land Banking

Quietly, behind the scenes, well-known national building companies are buying land or taking options over it. They have recapitalised their balance sheets and are rebuilding their land banks in preparation...

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Jun 12

Is it Raining on your Property?

I am writing this in the middle of May and the drought orders have just been lifted with the glorious May rain that we have been having. In years past...

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Jun 12

Mining Rights in Harrogate? – Don’t panic!

Over the last few weeks we have been contacted by a number of clients who have received notices from the Land Registry informing them that the Duchy of Lancaster has...

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Apr 12

Estate Planning for Farmers

Many farmers are asset rich but income poor.  Despite farm incomes improving over the last four years, input prices such as animal feeds have been rising, so without the Single...

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Mar 12

Installing Wind Turbines? – Six legal considerations

Did you know that forty percent of all the wind energy in Europe blows across the UK, making it an ideal country for domestic turbines? But is a wind turbine...

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Feb 12

Solar Panels – The Deadline Approaches

What do I need to consider if I am thinking of installing solar panels on the roof of my house? Generally, unless a residential property is a Listed Building, planning...

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Feb 12

Harrogate farmer speaks out against approach of local Planning Department

A farmer who has lost his Court battle to build a much-needed agricultural building on land on Meagill Lane, Blubberhouses after eight years of fighting against the Planning Department of...

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Jan 12

Land – The Best Option

With the worldwide population now exceeding 7 billion and with the likes of China and India consuming more and more protein, the value of soft commodities has been soaring.   Following...

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Dec 11

Do you Know Who’s Selling Your Home

If the warmer, brighter days ahead are encouraging you to think of selling your home and buying another... or perhaps even a second home, it’s worth checking whether your solicitor...

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May 11

Buyer Beware! – Property Auctions Can be a Risky Business

Raworths LLP is warning home buyers of the potential risks of buying at auction as numbers of homes sold at auction continues to increase. Raworths, Harrogate’s largest law firm,  which...

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May 11

Problems With Buying a House?

Raworths LLP is one of the first law firms in the country to be awarded the Law Society’s new Conveyancing Quality Scheme approval. Head of residential property at Raworths, Mike...

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Apr 11

Property Quality Mark – First for Harrogate Law Firm

Raworths, Harrogate’s leading law firm has become one of the first practices in the country to secure membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) - the mark of...

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Apr 11

Top 10 tips for dealing with Commercial Tenants

Owning and managing commercial property can be a minefield for the unsuspecting landlord, especially in these difficult economic times. There are, however, things you can do to avoid problems and...

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Jun 10

Dilapidations – is your commercial lease a time bomb waiting to explode?

The downturn which the commercial property market has undergone in the last few years has had the not unsurprising effect of increasing the tension between landlords and tenants. More and...

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Jun 09

Tenants’ Financial Dificulties – the tell tale signs

I once had a landlord client who questioned the financial stability of any tenant who installed a fish tank in his reception. Such reasoning may be somewhat ‘off the wall’ but...

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May 09

Get of My Land!! – How to Remove Trespassers

Whilst this is often seen as a controversial issue, a common and serious problem for local landowners can be how to deal with trespassers who have moved onto their land...

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Mar 09

Under the Hammer – A Novice’s Guide to Buying and Selling Property at Auction

If you are trying to sell your home in this difficult property market, you may be struggling.  Have you considered selling at auction? Which properties are best suited to an...

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Feb 09

Never too cold to inspect the air conditioning!

It may have been freezing cold and the snow may have only just melted, but, if you operate air conditioning in commercial premises, did you know that you probably should...

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Nov 08

Cross-option Agreements and Business Property Relief

The death of a shareholder who is also a director can have a major impact on any business, particularly where the company has not made plans for such an event. ...

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Oct 08

Harvest Home – Planning to Keep it in the Family

Autumn is traditionally the time of year when we give thanks for the harvest gathered in.  Historically, a good or bad harvest would colour not only how well you ate...

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