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Inheritance Tax Webinar - November 2020

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We are hosting a webinar explaining what Inheritance Tax is and our tips for managing this tricky area. Our upcoming webinar will look at Inheritance Tax and explain what Inheritance Tax is,when it is applicable, and review some estate planning options available.Our webinar will cover these points in 30 minutes and there will be...
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Victims of serious injuries to receive fair compensation for accommodation costs after law change

Victims of serious injuries to receive fair compensation for accommodation costs after law change
The law has changed to ensure victims of serious injuries can receive fair compensation for extra accommodation costs. The landmark Swift v Carpenter decision, made by the Court of Appeal on 9 October 2020, means that claimants in cases of personal injury and cases of medical negligence will receive fair and reasonable compensation for special acco...
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Commercial Premises - Apparent Abandonment due to COVID

Commercial Premises - Apparent Abandonment due to COVID
Landlords of commercial premises are experiencing unique situations which have never arisen before as a result of the COVID crisis and the requirement of hospitality venues to restrict their trading. This article seeks to address some of the situations and to explore options that might be available in a landlord in such situation. Abandoned busines...
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How can a landlord obtain payment of rent arrears on commercial lease in the COVID era?

How can a landlord obtain payment of rent arrears on commercial lease in the COVID era?
The Government introduced the Coronavirus Act 2020 at the end of March of this year. Broadly speaking, the effect of section 82 of this Act on landlords was to remove the landlord's sanction for taking any action against tenants for unpaid rent. Consequently, rent arrears have accrued. Market research has estimated that on the June quarter day only...
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Property Litigation News Roundup

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2020 has been an unpredictable year and has had a big impact on the property market. It is easy to focus on the negative news, however the have been some positives over the last few months. Below we round up some of the more positive news stories this month:MortgagesAt their recent party conference, the Government has pledged to fix the broken...
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Divorce during a pandemic

Divorce during a pandemic
Deciding to get a divorce will most likely be one of the biggest decisions in a person's lifetime. If you have already made the difficult decision to divorce, our advice is not to hold off because of the pandemic. Firstly, unfortunately, no-one knows when we will see an end to Covid-19. Secondly, there are some considerable court backlogs in court ...
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Residential Possession Proceedings – Similar but not the Same

Residential Possession Proceedings – Similar but not the Same
There has been a steady stream of changes to the possession process since 27th March 2020 when the first legislation was introduced to help the Courts combat the effects of the Coronavirus. Overall, the current situation is that notices can be served, hearings are being conducted, and bailiff appointments are occurring. However, the process is diff...
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Managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace

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Who should be working from home, and what should employers be doing to minimise transmission risk in the workplace? The COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic has severely affected working practices through 2020. While the furlough scheme is wrapping up at the end of this month, it is clear that the national situation is still evolving – and so, therefore, ...
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Non payment of rent protections extended

Non payment of rent protections extended
On 29 September 2020, the Business Tenancies (Protection from Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Coronavirus) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/994) (Regulations) came into force. The regulations extend the protections from forfeiture for non-payment of rent for business tenancies in England to 31 December 2020. Section 82 of the Coronavirus Ac...
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The importance of a Health and Welfare LPA

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Have you considered who would make decisions about your day to day life and personal wellbeing if you are not able to? Have you thought about who might be voicing your wishes and concerns at a time when you no longer can? 3It is a common mistake to assume that your decision making will automatically be handled by your next of kin. It is also amiss ...
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Pinney Talfourd recognised in the 2021 Legal 500 rankings

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Legal 500 has released the results of their 2021 rankings and, once again, Pinney Talfourd has been ranked across the firm's practice areas. Our 'highly efficient' family team are ranked as a tier one team and our commercial, private client, employment, property, and debt recovery teams are also recognised.Legal 500 is widely recognised as the defi...
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Wills and LPA Webinar - October 2020

Wills and LPA Webinar - October 2020
We are hosting a webinar looking at why now is the time to make sure your affairs are in order.Our upcoming webinar will look at why having a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney is so important and why we recommend people don't delay putting these in place. During lockdown we saw a marked increas in the number of clients contacting us to u...
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Chancellor announces new Jobs Support Scheme

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Following the Governments' tightening of restrictions following an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has unveiled new measures which will replace the furlough scheme when it comes to an end on 31 October 2020. The furlough scheme was rolled out prevent a major rise in unemployment when the UK went into lockd...
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Be wary of "going halves" in business

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It is no understatement to say that lockdown and COVID have had a dramatic effect on the business world. Whether it is the enforced wearing of face masks or dealing with new cleaning and sanitising regimes, life is different.One of the largest changes has been an acceleration of those "working from home" or adopting other types of agile working arr...
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SME owners urged to act now to lock in asset gains

SME owners urged to act now to lock in asset gains
Had I placed a bet this time last year that we would be in the throes of a pandemic, the recently elected conservative government would have embarked on the biggest spending spree ever seen, and a significant part of UK Plc would fall to its knees, I could have expected some pretty impressive odds. But I did not, and although there are always pessi...
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Government announces Christmas "truce" for renters facing eviction

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Last month the Government extended the notice period for evictions to six-months as well extending the ban on possession proceedings until 20th September 2020 (find more information on this here). The Government has now announced further support for renters over the Christmas period.The Government has confirmed that no evictions will be permitted i...
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Increase in Contentious Probate claims

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According to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) a total of 188 contentious probate cases were brought by individuals who claimed they were entitled to a share of, or a larger portion of, an estate in 2019. 3This figure is an increase from 128 in 2018, 145 in 2017 and beating the previous record of 158 in 2016.Reasons for the increaseThe reason behind th...
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Competition watchdog investigates housebuilders over leasehold “trap”

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The Competition and Markets Authority (the "CMA") is opening enforcement cases focusing on four of the UK's biggest housebuilders after uncovering evidence that buyers of leasehold properties were misled and charged excessive fees.The CMA has written to Barratt Developments, Countryside Properties, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey demanding inform...
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Coronavirus: furlough FAQ

Coronavirus: furlough FAQ
What you need to know about flexible furlough and extended furlough through September and October 2020 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), more commonly called the furlough scheme, allows businesses to claim for 80% of their employees' wages if it puts them on furlough because of Covid-19. This money goes to the employees. The Government an...
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Wills and LPA Webinar - September 2020

Wills and LPA Webinar - September 2020
We are hosting a webinar looking at why now is the time to make sure your affairs are in order.Our upcoming webinar will look at why having a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney is so important and why we recommend people don't delay putting these in place. During lockdown we saw a marked increas in the number of clients contacting us to u...
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