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HIGH STREET CLOSURES AFFECT US ALL, WARNS INSOLVENCY EXPERT The face of the High Street is changing, following the collapse of famous names like Toys R Us and Maplins and the threats to chains such as New Look, which has entered into a company voluntary agreement in the wake of huge losses. Research by analysts…

Housebuilding in the UK is on the increase with 184,000 new homes constructed in the last year, according to government figures – the highest level recorded since 2008. The statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government for the quarter ended June 2017 show an increase in new builds completed of 12 per cent…

Many people have heard of the expression Lasting Power of Attorney – the ability to appoint someone to make decisions in the event of an individual becoming incapacitated. Plymouth solicitor Lucy Atwill says that many firms need to make similar arrangements to protect their businesses as well. Lucy, who heads the Wills and Probates department…

Before the European Referendum vote earlier this year, the Conveyancing Association issued a note of caution, predicting that a vote for leave would create uncertainty in the housing market and lead to a period of nervousness. Chairman Eddie Goldsmith said that the Association members – conveyancers and solicitors responsible for 20% of all the residential…

The licensed trade is suffering its fair share of hardship at the moment with pubs closing, trade down and costs rising. Plymouth solicitor Andrew Lugger, who specialises in licensing matters, says he’s been busier than ever working for landlords determined to keep going. “I’ve been doing a lot more licensing work than I have in…

Westcountry farmers are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the UK’s Brexit negotiations, despite reassurances from the chancellor Philip Hammond that the Treasury will guarantee the £6bn currently handed over by the Brussels, the bulk of it going to agricultural communities and poorer regions. The Common Agricultural Policy accounts for nearly 40% of EU spending with…

What is Insolvency? It is defined as being unable to pay your debts as and when they fall due. Do you need insolvency advice? Yes, if you are unable to rectify the problem in a reasonable period of time. The majority of people who are insolvent do not need professional assistance as they have a…

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