August 22, 2018

Get money back from the tax-man : refunds of stamp duty for one-off houses

You can get a refund of stamp duty where you acquire a site and then build a home on it ! A 1-2% stamp duty tax applies to the purchase of residential property. A 2% used to be the rate for non-residential property (e.g. land). Now, a 6% rate of stamp […]
July 27, 2018

Solicitors to publish prices for their services

The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) has recently published rules requiring UK solicitors to publish their prices. On 14 June 2018 the SRA announced the outcome of its consultation “Looking to the future: Better information, more choice”, which took place in late 2017. The SRA has decided to proceed with many […]
July 23, 2018

Irish Courts Services Report 2017 just published

The Courts Service Annual Report 2017 was presented to the Minister for Justice and Equality by the Chief Justice Mr. Justice Frank Clarke on 17th July. The Report refers to the 650,000 matters that came before the courts last year – of which 427,000 were criminal offences.   The net cost to […]
July 11, 2018

Solicitors are such a happy bunch !!

Of course, there are happy and unhappy people in every profession, and lawyers are not the exception. However, it is sobering to look at the statistics measuring just how unhappy lawyers are. The often-cited Johns Hopkins University study of more than 100 occupations found that lawyers top the list for […]