Art of the Terraces Exhibition

Art of the Terraces is a major first-of-its kind exhibition opening at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery in two weeks time (5th November), and running until 12th March next year. The exhibition explores the culture of football ‘casuals’ – fans who originally combined hooliganism with expensive designer brands, while exerting a powerful influence on a generation of young people from the late 1970s onwards.  

Art of the Terraces showcases the fashion, music and art that defined the football culture of the casuals, as well as the numerous encounters between rival groups of fans over the years. Perhaps the movement’s most important legacy is in the fashion domain, with the current worldwide mass popularity of sportswear worn as leisurewear originating in the trend set on UK football terraces over 40 years ago.

Liverpool is closely linked to the casuals movement, with many tracing the subculture’s roots to Liverpool F.C. fans returning from European fixtures like the 1977 European Cup quarter final with the latest French and Italian designer sportswear brands. The trend for continental European fashions caught on among rival fans, particularly because expensive-looking clothing and footwear helped casuals escape the attention of the police, who at the time paid more attention to skinhead fans. Ironically, by the late 1990s, the police were increasingly on the lookout for fashion brands seen as part of the casual ‘uniform’.

The Walker Gallery’s Art of the Terraces exhibition explores the work of the contemporary artists and designers who have been influenced by the casuals movement over the last 40 years, celebrating a cultural scene that was outside the mainstream, but still managed to define an era and generation:

Tips for Drivers, Cyclists and Pedestrians

Being able to share the road in a considerate manner is one of the most important parts of being a driver. We all have a responsibility to look out for each other, whether that’s checking for motorbikes in cities or horses on country lanes.

In order to do this, every driver learns about The Highway Code when they’re taking their first driving lessons. Whilst it might be fresh in your mind as a new driver, after a while it can be hard to recall who should be doing what.

There’s also occasional updates to the rules. In our newly published Guide provided by UK price comparison website, Comparethemarket, we help you understand what’s changed in the Highway Code recently, what you should be doing as a driver, and what you should do if something goes wrong:

Share the road: cyclist and pedestrian safety awareness for drivers

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Impact of New Stamp Duty Rules

Last month provided a significant boost for those looking to buy their first property, with the government’s mini-budget announcing that the threshold for paying stamp duty is being raised from £300,000 to £425,000 for first-time home buyers (the property must now cost less than £625,000 to be eligible for stamp duty relief, rising from the previous £500,000 threshold). This means that first-time buyers will now only start to pay the standard 5% stamp duty tax rate when the transaction is worth more than £425,000, and continue in line with the standard rate by paying 10% tax on the value in excess of £925,000, rising to 12% above £1.5 million.

The government’s announcement that the threshold for paying stamp duty is rising permanently from £125,000 to £250,000 was welcome news for all property buyers, including second-home owners. For purchasers of second homes and residential buy-to-let properties (as long as the buyer already owns their own home), the 3% stamp duty tax surcharge continues to apply, meaning they will have to pay the 3% rate on transactions worth up to £250,000, and 8% above £925,000, rising to 15% on property values above £1.5 million.

The amount of stamp duty due from buy-to-let property buyers can vary depending on their individual circumstances. For example, first-time buyers purchasing a buy-to-let property would still be exempt from stamp duty on property values up to £425,000, while UK non residents pay a 2% surcharge above the standard stamp duty rates. This is one example of the sometimes complex rules surrounding stamp duty which can make sound legal advice critically important for prospective property buyers. 

Our firm regularly handles the conveyancing process on behalf of both first-time buyers and second-home and buy-to-let property buyers, which includes advising on stamp duty liabilities and making sure that they are minimised. You can find out more about the stamp duty rules for first-time and second-home buyers in the residential conveyancing section of our website: