Griffiths Allen Limited was founded in 2016 to assist the conveyancing profession, or those professionals involved in property transactions, with their Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) compliance obligations. The company also specialises in SDLT and ATED planning and advisory projects across both residential and commercial sectors.
Stephen is a director of the company and has an honours degree in Accounting & Finance and has been a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) since 1996. He was also a member of the Institute of Indirect Taxation (IIT) before its merger with the CIOT.
May 2019 Win a bottle of Bollinger Champagne-have a look at our May Hot Topic and you could win a bottle of Bollinger Champagne. Just email us with the answers to seven questions, get them right and we will send you the bottle of champagne. Hurry, we are running this until the end of May, so enter now and see if you can get them right.
April 2019 Is it an upturn or just the time of year? Although both the supply and demand of property has a long way to go before getting back to 2017 levels the number of registered buyers with estate agents may just be showing an upturn. Prospective buyers registered per estate agent branch averaged at 252 in the late winter of 2018, but by the early spring, the number had increased to 296. Was it the first sign of an upturn or was it simply the usual trend of more people wanting to move in the spring? Time will tell.
February 2019 At the beginning of March there will be changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax. To find out more go to our Hot Topic page on this website.
September 2018 We continue to be very busy offering professionals guidance on complicated SDLT. The major feedback we get is how much time it saves them and consequently saving their clients money as well.
August 2018 It's been a very busy summer for us advising conveyancers and other professionals on complicated stamp duty purchases even though the property market has supposedly slowed down. If you are struggling with a transaction get in touch.
July 6th 2018 The Stamp Duty payment window reduced to 14 days from next March. Read more in Accountancy Live ow.ly/sBWv30kRonq .
July 2018 . Telegraph Money recently ran an article that highlighted the complications of higher rate Stamp Duty. It claimed 9 out of 10 lawyers didn't understand stamp duty resulting routinely in buyers paying too much. The fear being many buyers won't realise they have paid too much so won't apply for refunds.
5th June 2018 . More and more conveyancers contacting us over complicated SDLT issues in order to save their time and their clients money
4th April 2018 .We are exhibiting at the Modern Law Conveyancing Conference on May 2nd in London. Chance for conveyancers to talk to us about complicated Stamp Duty cases and LTT. Take a look at our LinkedIn page for more detail
23rd March 2018 Just finished two very successful days at Legalex, the legal industry's business fair at London's Docklands. A huge amount of interest in current stamp duty issues.
9th February 2018 If you would like free tickets to Legalex just send us an email and we we will arrange it.
1st February 2018 We are pleased to announce we are exhibiting at this year's Legalex which takes place on Wednesday, 21st and Thursday, 22nd March at ExCel in London's Docklands. If you are attending come along and say hello.
2nd January 2018 Happy New Year from all at Griffiths Allen. If you are purchasing a property in 2018, that has an annexe or flat attached, we may be able to save you thousands. Just get in touch to find out more.
20th December 2017 Merry Christmas from all of us at Griffiths Allen and we look forward to talking again early in the new year.
22nd November 2017 Our offices are now completely refurbished and business is back to normal.
3rd November 2017 Our offices are being refurbished between now and 22 November 2017 and this will create a disruption to our service. Queries may take a little longer to conclude and there will disruption to our telephone line. If you can’t get through please do leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can.
4th September 2017 Busy few weeks coming up. We are one of the sponsors at the Conveyancing Conference and Awards. The date is Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham. Then a couple of weeks later on 4th and 5th October we are exhibiting at LAWBizTech, again at the NEC in Birmingham. Come along and say hello.
3rd August 2017 We are looking forward to being one of the sponsors at next month's Conveyancing Conference and Awards. The date is Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham.
11th July 2017 Here's an example of the questions we are asked:
Question 'I have a holiday home in Cornwall and my main home in London. I am in the process of selling my main residence and purchasing a new one. I may not be able to sell my current main residence before I complete on the purchase of the new one - will I have to pay the higher rates?
Response Yes, the higher rates will apply, as following the purchase of your new property you will own an additional residential property and will not have replaced your main residence. However, if you sell your current main residence within 3 years of the purchase of the new one you will be able to claim a refund from Hl\lIRC.
2nd June 2017 We are one of the sponsors at The Conveyancing Conference and Awards, being held on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham..More information will follow as the event gets closer.
2nd May 2017 It's getting very close now. We are on Stand 791 at AccountEx, the National Accountancy Exhibition and Conference being held at the Excel Centre, London, next Wednesday and Thursday (10th and 11th May 2017). Come and say hello. You may even get one of our specially produced mousemats.
1st April 2017 Come and meet us on Stand 791 at AccountEx, the National Accountancy Exhibition and Conference being held at the Excel Centre, London, on 10th and 11th May 2017.
7th February 2017 Hike hitting London prime property sales. Supplied by www.cchdaily.co.uk.
Higher rates of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) have had a bigger impact on high-end central London house prices than concerns over Brexit, according to analysis by estate agency Knight Frank which points to a continuing plateau in values
Its latest prime central London price index recorded an annual decline of 6.7% in January, with the agency forecasting a ‘relatively flat’ market in terms of price recovery in 2017.
According to Knight Frank’s statistics, house prices in Chelsea dropped 13.3% year-on-year in January, and there were marked falls in the neighbouring upmarket boroughs of Kensington (11.9%), South Kensington (8.2%) and Notting Hill (9.8%).
The analysis notes: ‘While Brexit and Donald Trump dominate the wider political and economic landscape, it would be wrong to overstate their impact on the prime London property market. Higher rates of stamp duty is still a bigger issue than the prospect of article 50 being triggered in March.’
However, the statistics show the number of Knight Frank exchanges in January was higher than in the same month in the previous two years and was comfortably ahead of the ten-year average for January, whereas the number of exchanges between January and September 2016 was 20.6% down on the same period in 2015.
The agency’s analysis suggests the primary driver for this trend is the fact vendors are increasingly reflecting higher transaction costs in their asking prices, which is narrowing the gap with buyer expectations.
For more information go to:
Feb 2019 Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax
Nov 2018 It's No Fairy Tale
Oct 2018 It's not too late-save the extra 3%
Apr 2018 HMRC changes to ATED Online filing
Oct 2017 Myths about the 3% surcharge
Sept 2017 Reliefs for traders & developers
Aug 2017 What's a linked transaction?