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Lease Extensions during Lockdown

Lease Extensions during Lockdown
With the lockdown still on-going, the legal world has begun adapting to the new landscape.In this article we are looking at how statutory lease extensions are able to be completed during the lockdown. SurveyTypically, the first step in the lease extension process is to have a survey carried out to indicate the likely premium to be paid to the ...
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Financial Penalties for HMOs

Financial Penalties for HMOs
The holder of an HMO Licence has to maintain certain standards in their Property. Local Authorities are charged with monitoring and ensuring compliance with these standards.As part of this, Local Authorities can issue financial penalties; the below sets out this process. Inspection​The issuing of a fine will usually be triggered by a tenant ma...
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What is STEP and what does it mean for our clients?

What is STEP and what does it mean for our clients?
The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is a global professional body for lawyers that sets standards for training and education in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Estates and Tax. Full membership of STEP is seen as a kite mark of excellence in these areas of law. The pathway to full STEP membership is rigorous and requires lawyers to qual...
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Guidance for court hearings during the coronavirus crisis

Guidance for court hearings during the coronavirus crisis
Since 23rd March 2020 we have been told to stay at home and the country has gone into lockdown. But what do you do if you have a forthcoming hearing or made an application and are awaiting a listing? ​Given the nature and risk presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, the courts have given guidance on the use of remote hearings in order to keep everyone ...
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Challenging financial orders in light of the coronavirus crisis

Challenging financial orders in light of the coronavirus crisis
In such uncertain times, many practitioners wonder whether this pandemic has the ability to undermine financial orders in divorce proceedings. Orders are generally made to be final but what if an event were to occur shortly afterwards, which undermined the whole basis upon which the order was made? That is what happened in the case of Barder v Bard...
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How to comply with child arrangement orders during lockdown

How to comply with child arrangement orders during lockdown
The current public health crisis is unprecedented and there is general concern as to what to do when balancing the welfare of the child with the restrictions on movement imposed by government. This has been causing confusion; in particular, it is hard for parents to know how to facilitate contact in line with court orders.Thankfully, we have been i...
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Coronavirus: Advice for Residential Landlords

Coronavirus: Advice for Residential Landlords
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has had a profound impact on residential tenancies. We have compiled below a list of the most common questions we have been asked.If you have any specific questions or need further legal advice on the points below, please get in touch with our expert Residential Property Litigation team. Can my tenant claim ...
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Coronavirus’ impact on Employment Law

Coronavirus’ impact on Employment Law
There can be no denying the effect that COVID-19 is having on all of our daily lives and the work which each of us does. The effect COVID-19 is unprecedented for both employers and employees. The Government has taken drastic action to limit the damage on employers and employees. We have a brief look at some of those steps below. Statutory Sick Pay ...
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Employment Law and Coronavirus – FAQs

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To assist employers and employees alike we have produced a list of FAQ's dealing with some of the most common questions which our Employment Team is being asked.Q. Can I furlough an employee who is already on long term sick? ​Furlough would usually apply only if the employee is fit for work.Q. If someone is within the 1.5 million vulnerable people ...
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Coronavirus: Advice for Commercial Landlords

Coronavirus: Advice for Commercial Landlords
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has caused massive disruption to everyday life. At Pinney Talfourd we have seen an increase in the number of enquiries from landlords and tenants in relation to commercial leases.We have compiled below a list of the most common questions we have been asked. If you have any specific questions or need further legal...
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Hopes that force majeure can offer COVID-19 relief

Hopes that force majeure can offer COVID-19 relief
With businesses facing pressure from all quarters the legal provision of "force majeure" could offer some relief to those struggling with their contractual obligations. In our latest FAQs, we outline how this lesser used provision might be able to help. What is force majeure? ​In a legal sense, force majeure addresses what happens when a contractin...
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Current guidance for making a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney

Current guidance for making a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney
The outbreak of the Coronavirus and the risk it poses to our health has led many of our clients to contact us to review their existing Will or put a new Will in place. This is an understandable response in a time of considerable uncertainty and anxiety for some. ​We want to assure our clients that despite the current disruption brought about by the...
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Are there ways to limit COVID-19 harm to your business?

Are there ways to limit COVID-19 harm to your business?
A natural instinct during uncertain economic times is to take a critical view of your business and then ask "What if...?" Rough seas ahead ​We are well aware of the economic pressure being faced by businesses across the land. Not only are customers prevented from attending business premises, but staff are naturally worried and suppliers are facing ...
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Generous measures to fight economic gloom

Generous measures to fight economic gloom
There can be no denying the effect that COVID-19 is having on all of our daily lives. But spare a thought for the millions of SME's that form Britain's economic backbone, not least here in Essex. ​Not only are workers unable to carry out their usual jobs, but supplies are being interrupted, and it's hard to ignore the once steady stream of retail s...
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How to self-isolate effectively

How to self-isolate effectively
With challenging times ahead, a lot of us could be facing an extended period of time in self-isolation with our spouses, partners, housemates and children. There is much uncertainty about how long this could be for and the impact it will have on our lives.The Government are providing daily updates but many of us remain anxious about various as...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
We want to reassure our clients that we have put in place a robust business contingency plan to ensure that we continue to provide a seamless service to our clients during these uncertain times. ​All of our lawyers have full remote access so they can be contacted in the usual way. We anticipate all of our offices remaining open although we have tak...
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Wills for Business Owners FAQs

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Why should business owners have a Will? Your business is a valuable asset that you have worked hard for. It is therefore important to have a well written Will to ensure your business passes on to the person or people you want to inherit it. Without a Will the future of your business may be jeopardised as a result of it passing to someone who has no...
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LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month
LGBT History Month takes place in the UK in February and aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In a recent research by the Charity Stonewall: One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity i...
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Surrogacy – hand over the baby

Surrogacy – hand over the baby
More and more people, whether they are in same sex relationships or have fertility issues are choosing to use surrogates to help them have their child. It is not just for celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Elton John; but a real option for many couples who otherwise may not be able to have biological children of their own. We live in a modern world...
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Neighbours driveway dispute reaches the High Court

Neighbours driveway dispute reaches the High Court
CNN host Aly Vance lost her appeal in the High Court after interfering with a neighbouring boundary feature to create a parking space. Stephen Eccles reviews the case below. Background to the case Mrs Vance wanted to create a parking space in the front garden of her Berkshire cottage in 2015. Whilst her neighbours, the Collertons, were away Mr and ...
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