Stamp Duty Guidance – new regime

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Stamp Duty is a Government Property Tax that becomes payable when a residential property is purchased. If you do not own any other property anywhere in the World, then your purchase will become subject to stamp duty payable within 30 days of completion of your purchase at the following rates:

£0 – £125,000 – nil rate
£125,001 – £250,000 – 2%
£250,001 – £ 925,000 – 5%
£925,000 – £1.5m – 10%
£1.5m + – 12%

From 1st April 2016, if you already own a property anywhere else in the World or you are purchasing a ‘buy to let’, property then higher rates of Stamp Duty will apply as follows:

£ 0 – £125,000 – 3%
£125,001 – £250,000 – 5%
£250,000 – £925, 000 – 8%
£925,000 – £1.5m – 13%
£1.5m + – 15%

There are some exemptions and these include purchases of a non-residential or mixed use property, transactions where the property price is less than £40,000 and the purchase of caravans, houseboat and mobile homes.

If you are simultaneously selling your main residence and buying a new main residence then even if you own another property the higher rate of stamp duty will not be applicable. If you do not complete the sale of your existing main residence and purchase of your new main residence at the same time, then you will have to pay the stamp duty at the higher rate on completion of your purchase and then provided you sell your old main residence within a 3 year period then you may be able to reclaim the difference between the lower and higher rates.

If you are purchasing jointly, even if one of you owns another property and the other purchaser does not, you will still qualify for payment of Stamp Duty at the higher rate. There are also certain considerations to be taken into account if you are a Partner holding property on behalf of a partnership or if you are a Trustee.

Further information can be provided from Miller Parris as to when the higher rates of Stamp Duty would be payable.

Miller Parris Offer Continuing Support to Local Fund

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Miller Parris Solicitors were delighted to once again donate £1,000 to the Worthing and Adur Fund.

Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce developed the Worthing and Adur Fund for the local area in 2011, in partnership with Sussex Community Foundation, a charity that develops and supports local giving.

The Chamber has worked with the Foundation to promote this permanent fund which, as it grows, will provide grants from the income it earns for charities and community groups, for years to come.

A number of local individuals and businesses became Founder Donors giving a minimum of £1,000 which provided the seed donations to establish the core endowment fund, and since then many more local businesses have contributed to ensure the continuing success of this worthwhile project.

Recently a total of £3,838 was awarded between the following local groups;
Superstar Arts CIC, Maybridge Keystone Club, Heene Community Association, The Friends of Oak Grove College, Cruse Bereavement Care, Electric Storm Youth and CircusSeen.

Mike Metters, of Miller Parris commented “We are really proud to continue to be involved with the Worthing and Adur Fund. It is a real pleasure to see so many local organisations and community groups being able to benefit from the charity.”

Please click on the following link which shows how the fund has benefitted Superstar Arts CIC

Vicky Bates Joins as Partner

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Miller Parris Solicitors are delighted to confirm that Vicky Bates will join them as partner as of May 1st 2016.

Vicky, who started with the Broadwater based firm in November 2014, will lead the Business Client department and will continue to work on a wide range of commercial matters.

A property solicitor with over 10 years experience working in the City of London, Vicky has a wide range of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of commercial property including investment acquisitions and disposals and lettings and management work. Vicky is also able to advise on the acquisition and disposal of small businesses and their property related matters.

Vicky said ““I’m really proud to be offered a partnership in a firm which I have found not only has a great reputation for its high quality of advice and service but which is also devoted to providing a high level of client care. It is a very pleasant environment to work in and I hope to use my experience and skills to add value and enhance the firm’s ongoing success.”

Mike Metters commented “Vicky has already shown herself to be a huge asset to our team with her commercial property experience and friendly and approachable manner and we are delighted that she has accepted a partnership with us. We look forward to her input in continuing the growth of the business and ensuring that our clients remain our priority in everything we do”.

In addition to dealing with commercial property matters, Vicky also regularly acts on residential property acquisitions and disposals.

For further information please contact Vicky at

Miller Parris Supports Children’s Parade

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This Saturday 13th June welcomes Worthing’s Children Parade to the town.

Worthing Children’s parade is a dynamic day of music, dance and creative arts. It starts on Worthing seafront and snakes its way around the town centre with infectious samba music. The parade finishes in Steyne Gardens and the children are welcomed by the Mayor of Worthing and a fabulous charity fair organised by the Smiles Foundation, with entertainment for all the family from 10am until 2pm.

This is a wonderful event that is well attended every year, the atmosphere is infectious and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the community to celebrate the achievements of our local school children.

Miller Parris are pleased to be supporting The Smiles Foundation at this event and donating to this worthy cause.

For more information on their work please see

Valerie’s Retirement

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Over 60 guests joined Senior Partner Valerie Voakes at her recent retirement party.

After graduating from Leicester University with a law degree Valerie joined Miller Parris in 1987. Valerie then became a partner in 1989, specialising in commercial and residential property and business matters. Valerie has led the Business Client department for many years and after more than 25 years with the firm is now looking forward to her retirement.

Valerie intends to spend her time travelling, playing golf, skiing and sailing and will remain as a consultant to Miller Parris.

Client Questionnaire Report – April 2015

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We were pleased to receive so many thoughtful and appreciated replies to the recent Client Satisfaction survey that we sent out in April.

Here’s just a few of the many replies:

“I am extremely happy with the service received over the past 8 months, from all the people I have had dealings with. I would recommend (Miller Parris) because of their efficiency in getting matters dealt with quickly.”

“I have recommended your excellent efficient friendly service”.

“Excellent service and I will use your services again and would recommend Miller Parris to anyone”.

“Thank you for your help over the past year”.

“Excellent service”.

Thank you to all of those who replied.

The Great Miller Parris Bake Off

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Local Law firm Miller Parris hosted their very own ‘Great British Bake Off’ on Friday 13th in support of Comic Relief.

Staff baked at home and then brought in their goodies to sell to their colleagues to raise money to support Red Nose Day. Treats donated included cupcakes, lemon drizzle cakes, gingerbread and even Cornish pasties which added spice to the day. Judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes before the treats were sold.

Organiser Janet Richardson said “We held a Bake Off last year and it was really successful, this year we doubled our efforts and have more than doubled the amount we were able to donate as a firm to such a worthwhile charity”.

The Miller Parris team also held an E-bay style Auction of donated goods on the day along with an Easter Egg Hunt, count the Jelly Beans in the jar and a Spot the Ball Competition.

Mike Metters, Partner, added, “It was great to see the staff coming together to support Red Nose Day, especially with the amount of organisation involved. We’re sure everyone had a great fun day with the added bonus of raising around £800 for Comic Relief.”

Miller Parris Welcomes New Solicitor

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Miller Parris are pleased to welcome solicitor, Vicky Bates, to their team. Vicky, who joined in November 2014 will be working in the Business Client department and advising on a wide range of commercial matters.

Vicky is a property solicitor with over 10 years’ experience working in the City of London and has a wide range of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of commercial property including investment acquisitions and disposals, lettings and management work, having acted for both landlords and tenants in the retail, office and industrial sectors.

Vicky also has experience of acting for developers and landowners in relation to site acquisitions and disposals and can provide advice on such matters including conditional contracts, overage agreements and options.

In addition to dealing with commercial property matters, Vicky also regularly acts on residential property acquisitions and disposals.

Vicky can also advise in relation to the acquisition and disposal of small businesses and their property related matters.

Miller Parris Sponsors Tide of Light

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Miller Parris is a proud sponsor of Worthing’s local event, Tide of Light.

Worthing Lion’s Lantern Parade and Firework Festival is back for its 2nd year and will be a great event for all the family.

With a Magical Lantern Parade, night market, street food and funfair all culminating with Firework’s from the Pier at 8pm, the event this Wednesday will raise important funds for Worthing Lions Club.

Miller Parris are delighted to be involved.

For more information go to or or follow the event on Facebook tideoflight.

Free Initial 30 Minute Consultation for Family Matters

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We appreciate that consulting a solicitor for the first time can be a daunting prospect, particularly when you are experiencing a difficult time. You do not always know what to expect, how much it will cost and whether it is necessary.

This is why we offer an initial 30 minute consultation in respect of any family or matrimonial matter.

This gives you the opportunity

• To find out what we can do to help
• To find out what your options are
• To get to know us before deciding whether you would feel comfortable instructing us to act on your behalf
• To find out what the likely costs will be

Our discussions with you will be completely confidential and any information you give us will not be shared with anyone without your express permission.

If at the conclusion of the meeting you do not wish to take the matter any further you will be under no obligation to do so. We understand that very often, people need time to consider the advice and their options before how deciding how they wish to proceed.

A confidential note of the meeting will be made a retained for a minimum of 6 years in case you wish to return for further advice or assistance at a later date.

If you feel that 30 minutes will not be long enough, we also offer an initial 1 hour consultation for a fixed fee of £50.

Please telephone to speak with Christina Rockwood on 01903 205771 or email