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On the 7th of November, King Charles III announced that a new Leasehold and Freehold Bill will be one of the government's priorities for the year ahead. The aim of this bill is to increase the number of freehold properties, while also making it easier for leasehold homeowners to extend their leases. Abolishing escalating leasehold charges is also expected to be included as part of a bill to reform the leasehold system.

Below we'll look at the difference between freehold and leasehold properties, and what the key takeaways from the announcement are.


Two of the main questions our clients often ask when purchasing a new home are:

  • What exactly happens on completion day?
  • How soon can I move into my new house after completion?

Here, we'll explain the completion stage in residential conveyancing and provide helpful guidance on moving in timelines and next steps.


Buying or selling a home is an exciting yet often stressful process with lots of legal procedures to navigate. Two of the most important stages are exchanging contracts and completion. Understanding the key differences between these is essential for UK home buyers and sellers.


We at Howells Solicitors are delighted to announce that we have won the Legal category at the 2023 Cardiff Property Awards! This prestigious award recognises our outstanding work and achievements in the property legal services sector over the past year.


As a small business owner, you work hard to provide great products or services to your customers. But despite your best efforts, you sometimes encounter customers who refuse to pay their invoices.

This can seriously impact your cash flow and profitability, but there are legal steps you can take to enforce payment without requiring costly litigation in court. In this article, we’ll explore how to collect overdue payments from clients and delve into key strategies so you can proactively collect what you’re owed.


With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes