Latest News

MCP Named as Top Tier Firm in Legal 500

Congratulations to our criminal law department for yet again being ranked as a top tier firm in The Legal 500, an independent guide which ranks law firms and solicitors in the UK. This maintains the ranking which the department has achieved consistently for...

Stamp Duty Holiday Update

In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a raft of measures worth up to £30 billion as part of his plan to rescue the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. This included a stamp duty holiday in a bid to boost the housing market and kickstart the...

Will Aid

In 2008 MCP joined the Will Aid Campaign. As a firm we participated in a number of charity schemes promoting Wills, and this seemed like a great fit for us. Will Aid assists 9 charities including Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the...

Adverse Possession

During property transactions we can often come across areas of land that are not registered or not included in the homeowner’s title. This can cause delays or difficulties during the process. This could be perhaps a small piece of garden land to the...

Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme 2021 - 2023

Since April 2013, the Government has been operating a Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme for buyers of new build properties. This allows buyers to take a charge on their property of up to 20% (40% within London areas) of the purchase price in a loan from the...

What Happens When a Commercial Lease Expires ?

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, there may come a time when you want to renegotiate your lease or terminate it altogether. A key factor both parties must consider is whether the lease in question has security of tenure. Kimberley Fox , a...

Help to Buy ISA

The Help to Buy ISA scheme was introduced by the government to help first time buyers save a big enough deposit to get onto the property ladder. Although a new Help to Buy ISA cannot now be opened, you can still keep adding to it and claim the bonus until...

Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme Ending

Since April 2013, the Government has been operating a Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme for buyers of new build properties. The scheme allows buyers to take a charge on their property of up to 20% (40% within London areas) of the purchase price in a loan from...

Exercising a Break Clause - Vacant Possession Spotlight

There are many reasons why a tenant may wish to terminate its commercial lease before the end of the contractual term. In such situations, a tenant might look to exercise the break option in the lease. In order to successfully exercise the break option,...

Separated Families in Lockdown

During periods of national and local lockdowns many separated families are questioning whether children can move between the homes of their separated parents or whether they ought to remain at the home of one parent for the duration of the lockdown period....

What is a Declaration of Trust and do I need one ?

I come across this very important question with a lot of my Clients.  The circumstance may be that my Client is purchasing a property with their partner or friend or the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is providing some part of the capital for an...

Pam Lunn Retires

We have said goodbye to one of our longest serving members of staff. Pam Lunn is retiring after more than 30 years as receptionist at our Wisbech office. If you have ever called the office or popped into our Wisbech branch it is likely that you have...

Early Lease Termination Commercial Leases

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on all businesses, leaving commercial tenants questioning the future of their business and many tenants now considering the real likelihood of having to down size their business premises or having to...

New Information Sellers need to provide

When you sell or buy a property, you may notice that your solicitor provides you with a Property Information Form. If you are selling you will complete this form with information for the buyer, and if you are buying you will be able to look through the form...

Ben Parker plays his part in the fight against coronovirus

Peterborough soldiers are amongst 2,700 Armed Forces personnel who have been helping to deliver COVID-19 testing as part of the Government’s national testing programme. Just days after being mobilised at the end of May soldiers from 158 Regiment RLC...

Understanding Restrictive Covenants - by Rebecca Gunn

As a solicitor working predominantly in Residential Property, I come across a lot of Restrictive Covenants. I am often asked by my clients; ‘What is a Restrictive Covenant?’ or; ‘It is my Property, why am I not allowed to just paint my...

Stamp Duty Holiday

Some good news for the property market, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a raft of measures worth up to £30 billion as part of his plan to rescue the economy amid the Coronavirus pandemic.  A Stamp Duty ‘holiday’ has been...

Margaret Taylor's Retirement

We are bidding farewell to Margaret Taylor as she retires after a career as a solicitor of over 40 years. Margaret qualified as a solicitor 1979 and has always worked in firms in the West Norfolk area throughout her long and varied career. Margaret deals...

The re-opened housing market

Last month, the government announced that the buying and selling of homes was to be permitted again amid the coronavirus pandemic. Estate agents and letting agents were also allowed to re-open and start viewings of properties for potential buyers and...

Where there's a Will, there's a way................

An article written by Amy Browning , one of our Wills and Probate team. COVID-19 – what a start to the new decade. This pandemic has meant changes to working practices for all of us not least for those of us who usually have the relative comfort of...

Housing Market to Restart

The housing market is set to resume from 13th May after changes made to lockdown restrictions were announced late on Tuesday. This has come out of the blue for many who were expecting measures to stay in place until at least June. Buying and selling homes...

Working from Home

As you will have seen, we are still busy working to provide the standard of legal services that our clients have come to expect from us whilst keeping our staff and clients safe and respecting the current government guidelines. This means that most of our...

MCP Still Open For Business

The Government restrictions to try to reduce the spread of Covid19 have now been in place for 3 weeks, and throughout that time MCP have remained open for business and we are continuing to serve our clients as much as ever.  We made the decision before...

MCP and PBW Solicitors Have Merged

We are delighted to share some good news in these troubled times. From 1st April the firms of Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar and Pooley, Bendall and Watson solicitors have merged, and will continue to operate under the name of Metcalfe Copeman &...

Round Up of the Property Market

It has been a busy start to the year for the property market. The Land Registry’s digital mortgage service has now seen it’s 7,000th  mortgage deed signed electronically, nearly two years after starting the service. The service allows...