The news that house prices rose last month ahead of the SDLT rise for second homes may not come as a surprise to most of you.

Commercial Property lawyers are still coming to terms with the new regime for our sector of the market. Badged by the Govt as "fairer" that will remain to be seen. Politicians may be too busy with their own tax affairs at the moment to pay any attention to us. It is to be hoped that they can keep their hands off the tax laws for a few months now to let us get used to the new rules.