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Has COVID changed Family Law?

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We are well into a third lockdown and, although we have no timescale for when the restrictions will come to an end, there is the hope of a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccination programme continuing at a pace. Life in lockdown is difficult for everyone. For those who are back to working from home and home schooling their children, this...
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New Right to Regenerate plots of land and derelict buildings - Consultation Launched

New Right to Regenerate plots of land and derelict buildings - Consultation Launched
On 16th January 2021, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, announced plans to enable the public to turn vacant plots of land and derelict buildings into community spaces and new homes. Broadly speaking, the plans will provide an opportunity for individuals and their local communities to transform, and take control of those areas blotting the l...
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Restrictive Covenants in Employment Law

Restrictive Covenants in Employment Law
The success of a business relies on certain information that is considered both invaluable and integral and, to protect the business, it is important to restrict the use of it when an employee leaves the company. A competitor might consider an ex-employee an attractive asset because of the knowledge that they have about your business. However, ther...
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Government announces extension of Christmas “truce” for renters facing eviction

Government announces extension of Christmas “truce” for renters facing eviction
In September 2020 the Government announced a Christmas "truce" for renters facing eviction. The Government has now announced an extension on this "truce" until 21st February 2021. This means that bailiffs will not enforce possession orders until at least 22nd February 2021. The requirement to give an initial six-months' notice to vacate to tenants ...
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Attention Brentwood Businesses - Additional Restrictions Grant scheme opens

Attention Brentwood Businesses - Additional Restrictions Grant scheme opens
The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is now open to any business which has seen its revenues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by at least 30%. Applicants can apply if they are not eligible to receive a Local Restrictions Support Grant. Businesses will need to demonstrate fixed overheads i.e. professional fees, utilities, insurance or commercia...
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Major shake-up of laws relating to Leasehold Properties

Major shake-up of laws relating to Leasehold Properties
The Government has today announced substantial proposed changes to English property law which could benefit around 4.5 million leaseholders. Under the current rules, leaseholders of houses can only extend their lease once for 50 years with a ground rent. In comparison, leaseholders of flats can extend as often as they wish for 90 years at a zero-gr...
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Pinney Talfourd’s Family team welcome Rukhma Sohail to the team

Pinney Talfourd’s Family team welcome Rukhma Sohail to the team
We are delighted to welcome Rukhma Sohail to our Family team. Rukhma qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and is interested in developing her practice in all areas of family law covered by the firm. Our Family team is ranked by Legal 500 2020 as a Tier 1 family team in Essex. Legal 500 is an independent and definitive guide to the best law firms in the...
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Key changes ahead which no director can ignore

Key changes ahead which no director can ignore
2021 could finally be the year when Companies House builds on its role as company registrar and dips a toe into the waters of becoming a company regulator, at least of sorts. Three new consultations are set to pave the way to allow the organisation a more pro-active role in improving corporate transparency and cracking down on company fraud. We wer...
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Angela Sharma joins the Pinney Talfourd Family Law team

Angela Sharma joins the Pinney Talfourd Family Law team
Pinney Talfourd are delighted to welcome Angela Sharma to our Family Law team. Angela qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has over 20 years' experience as a family law expert.Angela specialises in cases involving divorce, financial remedy, child arrangement orders, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, civil partnerships...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update
In accordance with the latest Government guidelines, most of our staff are working remotely and our offices are closed to the public. Essential, pre-arranged appointments can take place in certain situations and we ask that you speak with your Pinney Talfourd contact for more information.We remain fully open for business as a firm and our staf...
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Mum’s the word but not Dad

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A recent refusal by the Supreme Court to hear a final appeal by Freddy McConnell has shown that clarity is needed on Transgender rights in the UK. Freddy, 32, was born a woman but has lived as a man for several years. He retained his female reproductive system, and in 2018, with the help of fertility treatment, gave birth to a child.Mum or Dad?When...
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Pinney Talfourd's Private Client team welcomes a new addition

Pinney Talfourd's Private Client team welcomes a new addition
We are delighted to welcome Jessica Newton to our Private Client team. Jessica qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and specialises in Court of Protection, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Wills work.Our Private Client team have been recognised as one of the leading private client departments in the region by Legal 500, and are able to prepare a...
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Modern Family

Modern Family
As we emerge from the second lockdown, it got me thinking about my latest pastime – watching 'Modern Family' by HBO! I have become immersed in the trials and tribulations of their family lives. This got me thinking about the ways in which I help many modern famil­ies with their wills and estate planning.'Modern Family' follows the daily lives of th...
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Commercial Property – restrictions extended for non-payment of rent

Commercial Property – restrictions extended for non-payment of rent
As we all know, there have been restrictions on the options open to landlords for non-payment of rent since March 2020. With the pandemic still in full flow there was speculation that these might be extended into next year. That speculation has now come to an end with communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announcing that the restrictions on landlord...
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File on time or face the consequences

File on time or face the consequences
Latest filing penalty figures from Companies House make interesting reading and serve as a timely reminder to all Company directors to ensure that accounts and confirmation statements are submitted on time. In the year to end March 2020, 179,916 penalties were issued, and despite the large number of aggrieved recipients, only a small percentage wer...
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What options are available for a commercial landlord to obtain payment of rent arrears? Forfeiture -v- Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery

What options are available for a commercial landlord to obtain payment of rent arrears? Forfeiture -v- Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery
Commercial landlords have always had recourse to, and used the right of, re-entry under a business tenancy for non-payment of rent. The threat of having your lease forfeited has been an effective tool for landlords to extract payment of rent from tenants. However, the Coronavirus Act 2020 has restricted a landlord's ability to use this threat to en...
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What happens to a landlord's property if its tenant becomes insolvent?

What happens to a landlord's property if its tenant becomes insolvent?
Insolvency of companies, even High Street giants is increasing. How does this affect commercial property owners? What can a commercial property owner do if its tenant ceases to trade and becomes insolvent? In our article "Commercial Premises - Apparent Abandonment due to COVID" we addressed the issues faced by property owners of having commerc...
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When lockdown equals break up

When lockdown equals break up
The current Covid-19 pandemic has changed all our lives in ways we could not have imagined 12 months ago.Working from home has become the norm for those still working. Doing online shopping, getting used to Zoom meetings, and doing home fitness classes are all common place whereas hugging a friend is a much-missed event.Sadly, Covid-19 has also had...
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How Brexit could impact Family Law in the UK

How Brexit could impact Family Law in the UK
The end of the transition period is fast approaching and with no Brexit deal in place yet, it means that EU law will no longer apply to the UK. Also known as IP Completion day, the 31st December is the end of the implementation period for the Withdrawal Agreement but how will Brexit impact Family Law? Issues Surrounding Divorce and Jurisdiction Jur...
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Breaking the taboo of death

Breaking the taboo of death
Now, more than ever death has become a topic of daily conversation, affecting people in every country, of every ethnicity, age and gender in a way not really experienced before. Despite this, the taboo around discussing death remains. Many still find it hard to approach the subject and, in some cases, simply refuse to. Lost for WordsLast month, in ...
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