As expected, the Finance Bill published today, if enacted as initiated, applies the new 6% rate of stamp duty to conveyances on sale or transfer of commercial real estate and certain other property where the instrument is executed on or after 11 October. Importantly however, the Finance Bill includes a provision that will, when enacted, provide that the former lower rate of 2% may apply to a conveyance on sale or transfer executed on or before 1 January 2018 provided there was a binding contract in place on or before 10 October 2017 and the instrument contains a certificate to that effect. There will be some work to be done to ensure instruments are executed by the end of this year, but this is very good news for buyers who had entered into contracts on or before 10 October 2017.