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Septic tank update – 12 month plan

Napthens - December 12th 2019
Under the new Environmental Agency General Binding Rules, if you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water you must replace or upgrade your septic tank treatment system to a full sewage treatment plant. The rules have been that this must be done by 1st January 2020. However the rules have recently been changed as of 25th October 2019 to state that you now must have plans in place to carry out this work within a reasonable timescale, typically 12 months.
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What is a development appraisal and why do I need one?

Napthens - July 10th 2019
As part of our FarmFuture package, we can provide you with a development appraisal of all your land, should this be of interest.  Basically this involves an assessment of your holding with a view to trying to identify development opportunities for the future.
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What are the minimum energy efficiency standards for landlords and tenants?

Napthens - July 8th 2019
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are documents outlining how energy efficient a property is. Properties are rated on a scale from A to G with A being very energy efficient and G being poor energy efficiency. Minimum energy efficiency standards dictate that properties must be a minimum level before being let to tenants.
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Regulation update – The Tenant Fees Act

Napthens - July 8th 2019
This new regulation came into force on 1st June 2019 and deals with the admin fees which have previously been charged to Tenants.
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The right business structure for your farm

Napthens - June 5th 2018
There are three main business structures through which a farmer may run their farming business. This article reviews each structure.
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Prenuptial agreements as part of succession planning

Napthens - November 29th 2017
Official statistics show that 42% of all UK marriages are now ending in divorce.  These statistics affect farmers as much as the general population, however, for farmers, similar to other business owners, the financial and emotional fall-out following a divorce can be disastrous for the family, potentially leading to the break up or sale of the farm.
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Right of way disputes affecting farms

Napthens - November 29th 2017
Rights of way affect many farms, however, how many actually have the right to do so? It is important to ascertain the rights of way somebody has over your farm, as this may be crucial for the effective running of the farm and farm security.
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Probate fees and protecting the business

Napthens - May 9th 2017
You may have seen the recent news about proposed rises in probate fees up to a possible £20,000 fee. This was seen by most as an additional death tax, however I am pleased to advise, that with the imminent General Election, this proposal has been scrapped.
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Meet the team – James Stocker

Napthens - May 9th 2017
I joined the Rural team in April 2015 as a trainee solicitor and have now completed my training contract and qualified into the rural team as a solicitor. I will predominantly be dealing with property transactions. I spent the first year of my training in the rural team before moving over to the litigation department where I gained experience of dealing with matters such as land boundary disputes and adverse possessions of land.
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