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Home / Primed Newsletter / December 2021

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Can I leave my tattoo in my will?

Around 2011, tattoo artist Victor Whitmill sued Warner Brothers for its use of the Mike Tyson facial tattoo in its promotion of the film The Hangover Part II, He was able to prove that Mike Tyson had signed an agreement confirming that he, Victor, owned the copyright of the tattoo, and was able to obtain a settlement from Warner Brothers.

Is the tattoo itself ‘property’? Who owns it and can you leave it to your loved ones in your will?

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Wedding bells or alarm bells?

Getting married is one of life’s greatest events and typically costs tens of thousands of pounds. Despite couples being prepared to spend a small fortune on their big day, very few give regard to the financial consequences if their relationship breaks down.

A pre-nup causes a couple to talk openly and honestly about their respective finances and an experienced and sensitive lawyer can help lay solid foundations which can help strengthen their marriage, not to mention save countless arguments down the road.

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Property fraud is on the rise!

Cases of property fraud are increasing and any property owner is potentially at risk due to rapid and remote modern conveyancing transactions. To find out that your home has been fraudulently taken by an unidentifiable third party is devastating.

The good news is that you can take steps to protect your property. For example,  you can track changes to the Land Registry’s register or put a restriction on your title if you think you’re at risk.

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How to win at sealed bids

As travel restrictions and quarantine measures ease, we are already seeing the return of international buyers increasing the demand and competition for London property and with that the use of a ‘sealed bids’ process to sell property, whereby the agents invite those interested to submit an offer letter containing the bid by a fixed date.

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Landlords must upgrade energy efficiency or risk enforcement action

Landlords must improve a property with an EPC rating of F or G to E, or register an exemption, before starting a new tenancy. If the property is already let and has an EPC rating of F or G, landlords must make changes suggested in the EPC report up to a maximum of £3,500.00, or register an exemption.

As all newly rented properties must have a rating of C or above from 2025 (and existing tenancies must comply by 2028), taking improvement action sooner rather than later seems advisable.

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