Lash Lift & Tint Risks

Lash lifts are a relatively new beauty treatment that have become a popular alternative to eyelash extensions and fake lashes due to the procedure being quicker and cheaper, with fewer potentially damaging side effects and longer-lasting results. A lash lift is often combined with a lash tint resulting in darker and thicker permed eyelashes lasting for up to three months. While the procedure is easier and less risky than eyelash extensions, much depends on the skill and experience of the beauty therapist in terms of minimising the possibility of an adverse outcome.

The keratin glue used during lash lifting poses the biggest risk, as the chemicals it contains can trigger an allergic reaction if it comes into contact with the skin with potentially very serious consequences. The pads used to protect the lash line may not serve their purpose, or else a therapist may spill the keratin glue onto exposed skin. Skin irritation including rashes, redness, blistering and inflammation are common side effects of botched lash lifts, while the lash hair can become dry and brittle with the possibility of temporary hair loss.

A further possibility is the keratin glue solution entering the eye itself, resulting in irritation and the possibility of a burn or corneal abrasion. The use of chemical formulations on the eyelashes and in the eye area has inherent dangers, and much depends on an individual’s skin sensitivity, which is why skin patch tests are essential to check for pre-existing allergies and other contraindications. When a lash lift is combined with a lash tint, the exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals increases, as does the chances of an adverse reaction, emphasising the need for thorough and efficient pre-treatment care.

Our firm offers an experienced all-female team of lawyers specialising in eyelash perming, eyelash tinting and eyelash extension injuries. Every year we help hundreds of injured women make claims for compensation against beauty salons on a no win no fee basis for botched treatments. Find out more on our dedicated eyelash injury pages:

Conveyancing for Sellers

A conveyancing solicitor will assist the property seller with completing the necessary documents and stages in the selling process and ensure they meet all their legal obligations. Firstly, a solicitor will check the title deeds to the property to prove that there are no issues affecting the owner’s right to sell. The solicitor will then help the seller complete the mandatory property information forms, and prepare a draft contract for sale. The draft contract and a copy of the title deeds will then be sent to the prospective buyer’s solicitors, and any queries can then be addressed.

Once the buyer confirms they are ready to proceed with the transaction, contracts will be signed by both parties and ‘exchanged’ between their respective solicitors, at which point the agreement becomes legally binding. The buyer will then pay a deposit (normally 10%) and a date will be set for completion, by which time the seller will have vacated the property. On the day of completion, the seller’s solicitor will receive the balance due, and the keys to the property will be handed over to the buyer. The seller will then receive the proceeds of the sale from their conveyancing solicitor.

Another important role a conveyancing solicitor plays is in ensuring that the seller’s financial liabilities relating to the property are met, especially concerning any outstanding sums owed on a mortgage or other loans secured on the property. A solicitor can request a redemption statement from a mortgage provider, and settle the seller’s account with the lender before the completion date. They can also make sure that any other financial obligations (e.g. estate agent’s fees) are settled by that date.

Our firm has years of experience helping property sellers in the city of Liverpool and across Merseyside. All conveyancing work is supervised by Louise Nelson who is a conveyancing solicitor in Liverpool with over 40 years’ experience. Louise and her team can provide you with a no obligation immediate quotation based on our transparent fixed fee structure:

Conveyancing for Buyers

Conveyancing is the process of legally transferring a property from the seller to the buyer, and the job of a conveyancing solicitor is to make this process as fast, smooth and straightforward as possible. A significant amount of paperwork is involved that needs to be properly understood, and handled in a timely and efficient manner. Both property buyers and sellers, therefore, will normally require legal assistance to drive the conveyancing process towards a successful conclusion.

One of the most important roles of a conveyancing solicitor is to carry out searches to establish information about a property and the local area, as well as any restrictions and other issues affecting the property that the buyer should be aware of. This includes a local authority search to answer a number of questions, such as whether the council is undertaking or planning development work, and whether there are any charges or debts owed on the property.

A conveyancing solicitor will also check whether the title to the property is valid and make the necessary payments (disbursements) to the Land Registry to facilitate the transfer and registration of the title to the property. Another disbursement will be Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), which is payable on the purchase of residential properties in England and Northern Ireland costing more than £250,000.

Property buyers will often need advice on their mortgage requirements, and a conveyancing solicitor can liaise with the mortgage provider to ensure funds are available to complete a transaction on the due date. This completion date will be the day on which the balance of the purchase price is paid, and the buyer is able to collect the keys for the property and move in. The entire conveyancing process up to completion usually takes 8-12 weeks.

Our firm has years of experience helping property buyers in the city of Liverpool and across Merseyside. All conveyancing work is supervised by Louise Nelson who is a conveyancing solicitor in Liverpool with over 40 years’ experience. Louise and her team can provide you with a no obligation immediate quotation based on our transparent fixed fee structure:

Waterfront Transformation

National Museums Liverpool has recently announced plans for its landmark Waterfront Transformation Project, which is expected to transform part of Liverpool’s iconic waterfront over the course of the next decade. Made possible by the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund, the project aims to create vibrant and welcoming spaces for visitors, while also acting as a catalyst for social and environmental improvements in the area. The project will focus on the area between the Royal Albert Dock and Mann Island, with plans to reshape and renew this part of the waterfront and the local National Museums Liverpool facilities.  

The expansion of the International Slavery Museum in Royal Albert Dock is expected to convert what is currently a series of galleries into a world-leading museum covering all aspects of historic and modern slavery, including the waterfront’s history and the Liverpool’s role in the transatlantic slave trade. At the same time, the heritage and maritime history of the adjacent Canning Dock will be revealed, with two drydocks renewed and upgraded to enhance the experience for visitors and the potential for events and performances.

The Waterfront Transformation Project will further include a series of improvements at the Museum of Liverpool, with new spaces, more immersive visitor experiences and improvements to hospitality areas. A number of historic dockside buildings will also be refurbished and opened to the public, including the Cooperage, Mermaid House, the Pilotage, the Piermaster’s House, the Great Western Railway Warehouse and Hartley Hut.

You can find out more about the plan to create public spaces for everyone to share, enjoy and explore Liverpool’s rich heritage on the National Museums Liverpool website:

Stamp Duty on Second Homes

If you’re buying a second home that you won’t be living in, you’ll be charged an additional rate of stamp duty. The amount you pay depends on the property value and where you live in the UK.

With a few exceptions, anyone buying an additional residential property has to pay stamp duty. On second homes bought in England and Northern Ireland, there’s a 3% surcharge on top of the basic stamp duty rate, while similar rules apply in Scotland and Wales. The surcharge applies to any of the following:

  • A holiday home
  • A buy-to-let property
  • A home you own a share in, if your share is worth £40,000 or more
  • A property you buy in the UK, if your main home is abroad
  • A second home bought via a limited company

The most recent in our series of guides provided by UK price comparison website Comparethemarket explains the rules for second homes and look at cases where you may not have to pay stamp duty:

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