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A Christmas bonus for shared ownership buyers

First-time buyers who bought a shared ownership property in the last twelve months should check if they are due a refund on any stamp duty paid. That’s because when Chancellor Hammond extended the stamp duty relief available to first-time buyers of shared ownership property in his Autumn 2018 budget, he also applied the extension retrospectively Read More

Susan Lacey - Senior Partner

Soaring fees set deadline for executors and estate planning

Controversial court fees which have been branded a stealth tax on bereaved families are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before the hike hits. The new banded fee structure will see the cost of probate soar by thousands of pounds for higher value estates.   The current flat fee is £215 for a personal Read More

Ingrid Hindle

Landlords face tough new regime for tenant protection

Landlords could face high fines if they are not up to date with the latest legislation designed to protect tenants. The new rules include revised criteria for mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation, known as HMOs, which will see 160,000 more properties having to be licensed.  There is also a change to Section 21 Read More

Lucy Milton-Downes & Jordan Griffiths

Two new faces at Farnfields in Warminster

Two new faces have joined the team at Farnfields Solicitors in Warminster.  Lucy Milton-Downes, Partner and Jordan Griffiths, Paralegal have moved to the Warminster office.  They provide litigation and debt recovery services to individuals and businesses. Lucy joined the firm in 2014, becoming a Partner in 2017.  Jordan joined the firm in 2016. Lucy specialises Read More

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler joins Farnfields Solicitors

Local law firm, Farnfields Solicitors is pleased to welcome Sarah Butler to the firm’s expanding Family department. Sarah, who practiced law in London before relocating to the South West over 20 years ago, has vast experience in all areas of Family Law. Sarah’s specialisms include; divorce, financial settlements particularly complicated and high value cases, dissolving Read More

Ingrid Hindle

Bump in the night for Airbnb landlords

Rule changes on short term lets could see part-time landlords hit by a new tax bill from next year if they let out their whole property. Homeowners can earn up to £7,500 per year tax free by renting a room to a lodger, but the rise of the sharing economy and sites like Airbnb has Read More

Forever Friends Appeal

The RUH Will Month 2018

We are very pleased to announce that we will be once again supporting the annual RUH Will Month initiative, which helps to raise funds for the RUH’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal. Throughout September 2018, Farnfields will be offering to draw up a professional Will at a reduced cost and donate the fee towards the Read More

Topsie Rabbit Kindergarten Raises Money for Defibrillators

Paramedics at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) are reminding people who have purchased life-saving Defibrillators for their school, work or business to register them with the service so they show up on the 999 emergency systems. Three defibrillators have recently been installed after a Kindergarten and a Solicitors firm in Gillingham, Dorset Read More

Sarah Jones, Partner at Farnfields Solicitors

The common-law marriage myth

Saturday 18 August has been reported as the most common day in 2018 to tie the knot in the UK. However, since the early 1970s, the number of people actually getting married has steadily decreased, dropping a further 3.4% last year. There have been many theories about why marriage rates are falling, but regardless the Read More