The low down
Property lawyers handling residential transactions thought they were accustomed to unpredictable market conditions – then Covid-19 struck. Firms of all sizes furloughed staff and tightened belts, while new development building work ground to a halt. But the state of the residential property market is a bellwether for our national sense of wellbeing, and the government prioritised its restart. There followed a stamp duty land tax ‘holiday’ for many transactions – a Treasury commitment of £4bn – and government credit guarantees to support purchases. The property market’s reliance on ‘wet signatures’ and physical meetings have seen long overdue change, with technology apparently rising to the challenge. But when artificial support for the market ends, will banks still be willing to lend?
This year has been a year like no other, and for residential property solicitors and conveyancers it has been a roller-coaster. The post-election market pickup was brought
- Amazon received a record number of information requests from US law enforcement for user data.
- This increase could reinforce privacy-minded consumers’ aversion to smart home devices.
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Amazon received a record number of information requests from US law enforcement in the first half of 2020. The 3,105 requests—the bulk of which came in the form of subpoenas, though there were also search warrants and other court orders—represented a 24% increase relative to requests from the first half of 2019, and a 38% increase relative to requests from the first half of 2017.
Amazon discloses the law enforcement requests for the sake of transparency, and the
In closely divided Kenosha, Trump’s law and order message hits close to home after Jacob Blake shooting
KENOSHA, Wis. — As a longtime activist calling for racial and social equality in his hometown, Isaac Wallner has been moved in recent days by the large street protests demanding justice in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
But as those peaceful daytime demonstrations gave way to violent confrontations with police, destruction of businesses and burning of buildings at night, Wallner said he’s become increasingly worried that the urgent push for change will be drowned out by President Donald Trump’s calls for law and order, a central theme of the Republican’s reelection campaign.
“This is an election year, and I feel Trump and the Republican Party will benefit from the unrest, and we need to