Land tax in shared ownership properties – and what’s new following the Autumn Budget 2018?

By Joanna King, Legal and Compliance Analyst, Ochresoft The 2018 Autumn Budget has introduced changes to the First Time Buyer Relief on Stamp Duty Land Tax payments. The Relief now benefits more buyers who choose to purchase a property through a shared ownership scheme. The shared ownership route is a practical alternative for buyers who otherwise would not be able to get on to the property ladder. Eligible buyers can purchase a share in their new home (between 25% and 75% of the home’s ... Read more

Christmas Opening Hours 2018

Over the Christmas period, our opening hours will vary from usual. Our Christmas opening schedule is detailed below: Friday 21st December                  We’re open as usual* Saturday 22nd December            Office Closed Sunday 23rd December               Office Closed Monday 24th December               We’re open as usual Tuesday 25th December              Office Closed Wednesday 26th December         Office Closed Thursday 27th December             We’re open as usual Friday 28th December                  We’re open as usual Saturday 29th December             Office Closed Sunday 30th December                Office Closed Monday 31st December                We’re closing at 3pm Tuesday ... Read more

Ochresoft prepares for the ESTAS Conveyancer Awards 2018

As a sponsor of the ESTAS Conveyancer Awards 2019, the team here at Ochresoft is looking forward to the start of the widely acclaimed event for the industry, which takes place tomorrow evening. The ESTAS Conveyancer Awards brings together over 400 conveyancing professionals to celebrate customer service. The ESTAS feedback platform enables firms to seek service reviews from clients, asking them to rate the customer service they received during the conveyancing process. The ratings and feedback are sent back confidentially to each firm ... Read more

Ochresoft launches new series of customer webinars

Ochresoft, the legal workflow software specialist for conveyancing and private client lawyers, has announced a series of free customer webinars, which will provide top tips, handy hints; and advise on how to get the most from Intelliworks. The series of webinars has been created following feedback from customers, who felt that they would benefit from understanding what more they can do with the Intelliworks case management solution to better improve their firm’s service. Each fortnightly event commences at 11am and concludes at 11:30am, ... Read more

Supporting the Support Team

One aspect that the team here at Ochresoft is particularly proud of is our focus on customer service, and in helping clients to make the most of our Intelliworks system. We have a dedicated Support Team that answer questions, provide technical assistance and offer user tips and shortcuts. We thought it would be useful to introduce you to the team so you can put a face to the names and also so they can explain what information is best to have to ... Read more

Ochresoft’s Summer Jumble Ramble Jamboree

The Ochresoft Team hit the streets of Swindon on Wednesday 22nd August for their Summer Jumble Ramble Jamboree, to raise money for their nominated local charity for 2018 - Prospect Hospice. Colleagues met in central Swindon and were given a welcome and send-off address by Amy Francombe, Major Gifts & Corporate Fundraiser at Prospect Hospice, before splitting into three teams to deliver their jumble on foot to three of the Charity’s retail shops. The approximate valuation of our donations came to an impressive £1,662.25. "I was ... Read more

Ochresoft launches regional roadshow programme for customers

Ochresoft, the legal workflow software specialist for conveyancing and private client lawyers, has announced a series of free Customer Regional Meetings, which will provide the opportunity for customers of Ochresoft’s Intelliworks solution to hear what’s new, what's planned and how to get the most from Intelliworks, as well as look at the role technology will increasingly play for legal services firms in the future. The series of meetings have been created following feedback from customers who felt an informal face-to-face workshop would ... Read more

Intelliworks Quotes testimonial

“INTELLIWORKS QUOTES” TESTIMONIAL – Painters Solicitors From its offices in Stourport and Kidderminster, Painters Solicitors provides comprehensive and expert legal services across a range of legal areas, including Property (Residential and Commercial), Family Law including Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements and Children’s Law, Wills, Probate, Estate administration and protection, and Dispute resolution. In 2017, the firm has adopted Ochresoft’s Intelliworks case management system to manage all client case handling, document management and tracking. The team has also taken advantage of the Intelliworks Quotes module, which ... Read more

Ochresoft announces sponsorship of conveyancing industry awards

Ochresoft, the legal workflow software specialist for conveyancing and private client lawyers, has announced a new partnership that sees it sponsoring the annual Modern Law Conveyancing Awards for 2018. As a sponsor of the prestigious industry event, Ochresoft representatives will be presenting the winners of the ‘Conveyancing Firm of the Year for Wales’ category with the trophy at the celebratory reception on 12th July at The Rum Warehouse in Liverpool. The awards are a celebration of the talent, achievement and innovation within ... Read more

Government’s Response on Issues Surrounding Onerous Ground Rent Terms

By Joanna King, Legal and Compliance Analyst As per: There has been a lot of publicity shared in recent months around the topic of ‘toxic leaseholds’. Just before Christmas last year the government published its response to the recent call for evidence on “Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market”. One of the issues considered as part of this consultation was the matter of onerous ground rents in residential leases. There is no precise definition of what exactly constitutes an onerous ground ... Read more
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