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Property News: Stamp Duty Land Tax update

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The rules regarding stamp duty land tax (‘SDLT’) have recently been updated, for the third time in two years. Bermans has previously looked at the impact of the introduction of SDLT higher rates, which came into force on 1 April 2016, in two articles which can be found here and here. These articles also provide clarification as to when a purchase may be exempt from higher rates.

This article, however, focuses on the recent changes arising under the 2017 autumn budget, as well as the newly introduced Land Transaction Tax (‘LTT’), payable on the purchase price of properties in Wales from 1 April 2018.

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Holly Bartlett


Trainee Solicitor

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Holly studied Law at York Law School within the University of York, graduating in 2016. She then went on to study at the University of Law in Manchester where she completed the LPC with a Masters in Law, Business and Management in July 2017.

Before joining Bermans Holly was a member of the management team at the Disney Store in both Liverpool and York. She also has had some experience with the Walt Disney Company’s legal team and worked as a civil clerk at 7 Harrington Street Chambers.

Outside of work Holly loves the outdoors and enjoys doing anything creative or with a competitive element.

Holly is currently working in Bermans Property and Corporate departments.


Email: holly.bartlett@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0524

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Rebecca Fan

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Rebecca joined Bermans in September 2016 as a Consultant in the Property team. She trained with Mace & Jones and qualified as a Solicitor in 2005.

Rebecca advises a variety of clients including SMEs, private individuals and international investors. She specialises in all aspects of commercial property, in particular acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant, property finance and property development.

She is also a volunteer for Henshaws Society For The Blind and is a member of Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Email: rebecca.fan@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0519

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Melanie Morris


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Melanie joined Bermans in January 2015 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2017 in the Property team. Throughout her training, Melanie gained experience in both the Corporate and Commercial Property departments. She has assisted each department on a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious matters and prides herself on her friendly, common-sense approach with clients.

Melanie graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Law in 2011, before completing the Legal Practice Course at The University of Law, Chester. Prior to joining Bermans, she spent time as a paralegal and working at an international bank.


Email: melanie.morris@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0548

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Guy Pattison

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Guy is a Partner who joined Bermans’ Property and Construction team in 2006. He provides commercial property advice to clients within many different sectors including commercial property development, house builders, Private Rental Sector (PRS), property investment, retail and banking.

He has a wealth of experience across a wide range of commercial property transactions including, commercial property acquisitions and disposals, commercial leases, site acquisitions and disposals, development and planning agreements, secured lending, receivership appointments and property disposals and the creation of easements and rights of way.

Guy prides himself on providing speedy and pragmatic advice to his clients and also on his ability to deliver a top quality service within a transparent and competitive fee structure and within the required timeframes.

e: guy.pattison@bermans.co.uk

t: 0151 224 0516

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Fergal O’Cleirigh


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Head of Property and Construction

Fergal heads up the Property and Construction team in Bermans Liverpool and Manchester office.

He specialises in commercial property transactions and his clients include property developers, investors, fund managers ,banks and bridging loan companies.

His clients value his pragmatic approach and willingness and ability to ensure their objectives are met. He is well known and respected in the Liverpool business community.
Fergal has been the Bermans finance partner since 2007 and is a founding member of the Bermans board.


Email: fergal.ocleirigh@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0543

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Claire Morris


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Claire joined Bermans in 2006 as a trainee solicitor and following her qualification in March 2008 joined the Commercial Property team. She is currently a Senior Associate.

Claire offers specialist advice in all areas of Commercial Property and has a depth of experience in landlord and tenant work, commercial and residential development and secured lending.  Claire also advises on the real estate aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Claire aims to provide clients with a pragmatic and commercial approach to problems to enable transactions to be completed with the minimum amount of fuss and within the appropriate deadlines.


Email: claire.morris@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0561

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