Stamp Duty Holiday extension

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget announcement yesterday confirmed the stamp duty holiday will continue until the end of June, with the nil rate band then set at £250,000 until the end of September.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget announcement yesterday confirmed the stamp duty holiday will continue until the end of June, with the nil rate band then set at £250,000 until the end of September.

Whilst the holiday appears to have had a positive impact on the housing market - with house sales reported to have increased to their highest level since 2007’s financial crisis, the knock-on effect to those working in the sector is substantial.

With this in mind, Lawyer Checker and LawCare stand behind Today’s Conveyancer’s Call for Kindness campaign. Together the three organisations have witnessed these mounting pressures and stressful circumstances that legal professionals from around the UK are facing. Launching the campaign, the publication implored the sector to be kind and calm at a time of ever-increasing pressure and strain whilst keeping Britain moving both before, during and post pandemic.

Chris Harris from Lawyer Checker, a provider of risk-mitigation services to the legal sector said “We’ve seen first-hand how pressured and stressful working in this sector is at the moment. We’re asking that conveyancers and stakeholders come together, recognising we’re all facing the same challenges. Working in conveyancing can be stressful at the best of times, so now more than ever we need to recognise the collective challenges we face to make our workplaces the happy and healthiest they can be.”

Tom Lyes, Director of Engagement at Today’s Conveyancer, said: “We are asking people to take a step back and collect their thoughts before firing off an email or picking up the phone. Everyone is in the same pressure cooker environment. We are asking that conveyancers and stakeholders all work together to pull in the same direction, show some love to the people who are sharing the same challenges as you, which includes not taking your frustrations out on them, and wow your clients with brilliant service. They do recognize and thank you for it.”

Elizabeth Rimmer, Chief Executive of LawCare said: “The legal profession and kindness do not often go hand in hand but at LawCare we believe that kindness and civility go a long way to ensuring workplaces are happy and healthy. We are all under huge amounts of strain at the moment, personally and professionally, and we should remember that in our daily interactions with each other. We are delighted to support this campaign and would like to remind conveyancers and everyone in the legal profession that LawCare offers a free, confidential emotional support service on 0800 279 6888, support@lawcare.org.uk or www.lawcare.org.uk” We’d like to encourage participation in the social media campaign #TCKindness led by Today’s Conveyancer.