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Cruickshanks was established in 1992 by John Cruickshank who is a Solicitor - Advocate and Privy Council Agent. The practice was joined by Dr Xiaojiu Zhu in 2002, a UK qualified solicitor and Mandarin speaker, and James Craven in 2016.

Cruickshanks provides legal services to UK and overseas businesses and individuals. We pride ourselves in providing high quality work with a personal touch.

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Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022

The government's ban on charging ground rent on leases in England and Wales comes into force on 30 June 2022.-Ground rent charges will be banned on most new residential leases from 30 June 2022.-Ban will put an end to increasing annual costs.-First step in government reform package to create fairer housing system, levelling up opportunities for more people.-The prohibition on ground rents in these leases will not come into force before 1 April 2023. -From 30 June 2022, anyone buying a home on a new long lease will now be freed from the annual costs. Landlords will be banned from charging ground rent to future leaseholders. However, The Act will not apply to leases granted pursuant to a contract entered into prior to commencement of the Act, and it is subject to lease beyond 21 years.-There will only be selected exceptions from this Act. These are tightly defined and include applicable community-led housing, certain financial products and business leases. -The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act will also restrict ground rent to zero on retirement properties, to ensure that those who live in retirement housing benefit from the same reform as other leaseholders. The changes to ground rent for retirement properties will come into force no sooner than 1 April 2023.For existing leaseholders (of both houses and flats) who choose to extend their leases through the non-statutory (‘voluntary’) route, the ground rent will now be restricted to zero (‘a peppercorn’) on that newly extended term, under the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act. Millions of leaseholders will be given a new right to extend their lease by 990 years without the ground rent.

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Dr Zhu won the “2022-2023 Impact World Chinese Award" sponsored by Phoenix Satellite TV Group and a number of influential Chinese media organizations, jointly recommending outstanding Chinese who have achieved excellence in their fields with world influence. Dr Zhu was the president of the UK Society of Chinese Lawyers for several years. She had

Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax is a tax on the profit when you sell (or ‘dispose of’) something (an ‘asset’) that has increased in value.From 6 April 2020, if you are a UK resident and sell a residential property in the UK you will have 30 days to tell HMRC and pay any Capital Gains Tax owed.If you do not tell HMRC about any Capital Gains Tax within 30 days of completion, you may be sent a penalty as well as having to pay interest on what you owe - so it is really important that everyone involved in the sale of a residential property fully understands these changes, which affect both UK and non-UK residents.If you are a non-UK resident you must continue to report sales or disposals of interests in UK property or land, regardless of whether there is a Capital Gains Tax liability within 30 days of completion of the disposal.