Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs

Welcome to Our Blog

Are you looking for high quality legal advice? You have come to the right place.

We regularly write about different legal topics and welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Latest Posts

Possible changes to flexible working

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The Government is considering expanding the scope of flexible working requests, giving all employees the right to request flexible working from their first day. Since the pandemic has forced a majority of businesses to adapt to remote working, more...

Furlough at an end - what options do employers have?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Now that the furlough scheme has come to an end some employers may be wondering what options are available to them. It is important that employers are honest and transparent with their employees on decisions taken in respect of their employment According to...

Tesla to pay $137 million in damages for racial discrimination

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Electric car manufacturer, Tesla, have been ordered to pay $137 million to a worker for racial harassment. An employee of Tesla who worked as a lift operator from 2015 to 2016 in Fresno, California, has been awarded the equivalent of £101 million in...

Licence to Will

Clare Nichols
  • Posted
  • Author

It's probably a sign you've worked in Private Client for too long when, mid James Bond movie, your mind gets to thinking about whether James Bond has a Will. I think it's reasonable to assume that he would be obliged to given the frequency of the...

How much alcohol can you safely drink before driving?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
  • Posted
  • Author

As Autumn approaches and many reasons to gather, drink and celebrate come thick and fast, it’s also sadly the time where many will get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, which for some, results in fatalities.  As the leading...

Companies House rejects 800 company names: Guide to naming your business

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

When it comes to starting a business, one of the most challenging but interesting tasks you must carry out is finding the right name. However, many people do not realise that there are restrictions on what you can name your business. In the last two years,...

UK Right to work checks extended until 5 April 2022

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

The UK Home Office announced that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right-to-work checks have been extended until 5 April 2022.  This was following the positive feedback from companies on remote checks. All employers are required to complete a right to...

Sex discrimination claim receives almost £185,000 award

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

An estate agent has received an award of just under £185,000 in the Employment Tribunal following a claim of sex discrimination after her employer refused her request to go part-time so she could collect her baby from nursery. Alice Thompson attempted...

£30,000 awarded to pregnant worker following maternity discrimination and unfair dismissal claim

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The Employment Tribunal have awarded Mrs Shipp £30,000 after finding she was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against on grounds of maternity and sex. Source: ...

Leaving gifts to charity in your will

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

The International Day of Charity takes place annually on 5 September, but did you know that one of the best ways to support a charity is to leave them a gift in your will? Many charities in the UK rely on donations left behind by their supporters, and any...

SDLT increases after the end of this month

Sarah Whybrow
  • Posted
  • Author

During the pandemic buyers have been able to benefit from a residential property stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday and enjoy reduced tax rates. The SDLT holiday has been gradually reduced since inception with the first reduction applying after 30th June...

Do grandparents have a right to contact with their grandchildren?

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

When a couple makes the decision to divorce, the breakdown of the relationship can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, grandparents of any children of the relationship can suffer and even be prevented from seeing their grandchildren as often as...

Football Association Disciplinary Hearings

Elizabeth Bradshaw
  • Posted
  • Author

Gepp Solicitors was recently instructed to represent a young person at a Football Association (FA) disciplinary hearing in respect of a misconduct allegation. Gepps has undertaken other disciplinary hearings relating to allegations of misconduct by...

Changes to self-isolation rules: who is legally required to self-isolate and when?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

As of the 16th August, the requirements of self-isolation have changed. So, who will have to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive case? Changes The Government's ever developing and (for the moment) easing of Covid-19 restrictions...

Pay cuts for remote workers

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

With remote working expected to stick around for a long time within many businesses, what impact will this have on an employee's terms of employment? In the US, Google is considering implementing pay cuts for employees who choose to work remotely....

When are directors personally liable for bounce back loans?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Directors owe certain fiduciary duties to a company. Breaching these duties could result in significant penalties. If a director removes a bounce back loan from the company's account and uses it for personal expenses this will breach their fiduciary...

How private are work communications?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Have you ever stopped to wonder whether messages or emails you send to colleagues at work are truly private? Streaming platform and production company, Netflix, recently terminated three of its employees for criticising other employees on business messaging...

Date announced for TRS to go live for non-taxable trusts

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

HMRC have today confirmed that the Trust Registration Service for new express non-taxable trusts will go live for everyone at the beginning of September. Previously HMRC have been running an invite only beta event to test the system. Trust professionals...

The Landscape Recovery scheme and how to get involved

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

The Landscape Recovery scheme is one of three new environmental land management schemes to be introduced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The scheme will support the restoration of landscapes and natural ecosystems through...

Getting to the root of the problem in boundary disputes

Michael Callaghan
  • Posted
  • Author

Householders spending more time at home and in their gardens during the Covid-19 pandemic is fuelling a rise in boundary disputes as infrequent niggles have translated into nagging complaints, with overhanging branches, encroaching tree roots and towering...

Two jab or not Two jab?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The recent lifting of Covid-19 restrictions marks the continuing return to a new normality as more people begin to venture outside, attend events and return to the workplace. This easing of restrictions has left many people asking the same question: can...

CGT changes looming??

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

I'm not one for usually reading online tabloid newspaper articles where it takes a half hour to get past the fluff but someone sent me a link to this story. If you can get through the ads and links to other stories, there is a potentially important topic...

Residential services charges - time limits and liability

Susan Le-Sage
  • Posted
  • Author

A recent judgement by the Court of Appeal in the case of No 1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v East Tower Apartments Ltd has clarified vital points concerning the recovery of service charges and costs by landlords from tenants of long residential leases. ...

Commercial Rent Arrears - Proposed new legislation

Susan Le-Sage
  • Posted
  • Author

On 16th June 2021, the Government confirmed that legislation would be introduced to "support the orderly resolution of rental payments accrued by commercial tenants during the pandemic". Essentially, this means that once the legislation is...

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

Upon returning to work, you may want to continue breastfeeding and/or provide breast milk to your baby. In light of World Breastfeeding week (1st-7th August) this article highlights your legal rights of breastfeeding whilst at work. It is beneficial for you...

Dealing With A Hacked Facebook Account

Michael Callaghan
  • Posted
  • Author

What are your options when your Facebook account gets hacked? If a third party gets hold of a Facebook account held by individual or company, whether for innocent purposes or not, there are certain steps that need to be taken quickly to recover control of...

How cryptocurrency can fuel asset concealment in divorce

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

Divorce professionals are reporting that cryptocurrencies are fuelling a new trend of asset concealment when couples part.  For while offshore trusts and investments are well-known as tools used by the wealthy looking to hide assets, the increasing...

Sun glimmers on the horizon for leaseholders

Bakshi Dhanda
  • Posted
  • Author

Change is in sight for buyers of new leasehold properties, with the passage through Parliament of a bill that will see the ending of ground rent, but it will not help existing leaseholders struggling with onerous terms.   The Leasehold Reform...

Why digital nomads can be a headache for employers

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

The easing of overseas travel restrictions is posing an unexpected headache for employers, who need to be on the look-out for potential digital nomads in their home-working workforce. The opportunity to be wholly mobile and work from anywhere, when an...

Law Society state it is wrong to increase fees when service is still subject to significant delays

Caitriona Rafferty
  • Posted
  • Author

Law Society state it is wrong to increase fees when service is still subject to significant delays Proposals published by the Ministry of Justice on 8th July suggest a flat fee of £273 for all applicants applying for a Grant of Probate. This is a...

Could digital LPAs speed registration up?

Clare Nichols
  • Posted
  • Author

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to help you make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so. The current system requires LPA forms to be completed and submitted to the Office of the...

Have you been inspired by Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm Shop?

Charlotte Strutt
  • Posted
  • Author

If you find yourself considering following in Clarkson's footsteps, whilst obtaining specialist planning advice is always recommended before initiating any change of use on your property, it is possible that planning permission may not be required...

Five reasons you should use a solicitor to write your will

Gregory John
  • Posted
  • Author

If you are thinking about writing a will, you may have considered doing it yourself. There are many templates and tools available online, along with vast amounts of information about the law and how to go about writing your own will. However, there are...

Trademarks and Service Marks

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Trademarks and service marks are similar mechanisms and therefore often confused. Trademarks are used to identify business products. They include words, logos, symbols, shapes, packaging and other devices which are intended to be used to identify and...

What are my Director Duties?

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

Under the Companies Act 2006, a director must: act within powers (section 171) You must act in accordance with the company’s constitution, and only exercise your powers for the purposes for which they were conferred. The company's...

High Net Worth Divorces

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

Going through a divorce , the dissolution of a civil partnership or a separation can be extremely stressful and is likely to have a long-lasting impact on you and your family. This is particularly the case if you're going through a high net worth...

Domestic abuse cases on the rise during the football season

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

Domestic abuse charities across the nation have been issuing warnings relating to the rise in domestic abuse cases happening linked to the current football matches. The rise in Domestic abuses cases have spiked by 61 per cent since the March 2020...

Calls for tenant farmers to prepare for the introduction of new succession rules to apply from 2024

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

The Agriculture Act 2020 has recently introduced several changes in the agricultural sector . New rules relating to farm succession planning will apply from 1 September 2024; tenant farmers are being told to prepare in advance for the key changes. The most...

Government tackles late payments to small firms to protect jobs.

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

The overhaul of the Prompt Payment Code ( Code ) to crack down on delayed invoices owed to small businesses has come into force today.  This has come as good news as under the new reforms companies that have signed up to the PPC will be obliged to pay...

Domestic Abuse - how to recognise it in the workplace

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

The Covid 19 pandemic has resulted in new ways of working, with a significant increase in the numbers of people working from home.  For those experiencing abuse, the workplace often offers a safe space and respite away from the abuser.  The...

Who is a Legal Parent and Who has Parental Responsibility?

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

Parental responsibility means all of the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authorities that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law. This is enshrined in law by section 31 of the Children Act 1989. A person with...

Menopause - How it affects women in the work place

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

Menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic and the support provided to them at work might make all the difference in getting the best out of them and thereby minimising the risk of a range of potential claims.  Whilst, experiencing...

Is it legal to camp anywhere in the UK?

Charlotte Strutt
  • Posted
  • Author

With travel restrictions prevailing in the UK, for many, travelling to their usual holiday destination may be impractical or even impossible. However, travelling around the UK is permitted, and with warmer weather and beautiful countryside, camping in...

Firing & Rehiring: Acas Report

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Acas have now published the report from their investigation into dismissal and re-engagement (otherwise known as " fire and rehire "). The recent flurry of media reports of large UK employers such as British Gas/Centrica implementing a strategy...

Applications are now open for landmark woodland creation scheme

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

The Forestry Commission announced that applications are now open (as of 9 June 2021) for the new multimillion tree planting scheme. The England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) has been established to generate opportunities and incentives for landowners and...

Surrogacy and the Law

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

Surrogacy is the process by which a child is carried through pregnancy by a woman who has entered into an arrangement before she started to carry the child, with the intention that at birth, the child and parental responsibility for that child will be...

Firing & Rehiring: is it legal?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of significant implications for businesses and employees alike. Consequently, a vast number of employers have changed the terms and conditions that their employees are employed under. Naturally, not all...

Accepted a Job Offer That You No Longer Want? Here is What to Consider.

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

There are several reasons why you may want to decline a job offer once accepting. You may receive a better job offer or realise the position isn't actually as good as you thought. Or maybe when you spoke to your current employer they presented a...

Understanding whether the force may be with you

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

‘May the force be with you’ is usually the concern of Jedi knights heading to battle in Star Wars, rather than something that company directors look for.  But for those companies looking to claim that the coronavirus pandemic has given rise...

Companies must be on track for Covid-safe workplace

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Companies anticipating a return to the workplace in June, if the Government’s route map stays on track, should be planning how to protect workers and customers once the country is released from the current Covid-related restrictions.  Although...

Discrimination in the workplace and Pride Month

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

June is a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ + communities all around the world. Unfortunately, members of the LGBT community are subjected to, at some point in their lives, some form of discrimination.  This can be from subtle patronising to...

Same Sex Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

The breakdown of any relationship is always difficult and a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership is rarely painless. Same sex females are twice as likely to divorce than same sex males but there is no clear explanation as to why but in any...

What happens to debt after someone dies?

Gregory John
  • Posted
  • Author

When someone you love has passed away, the last thing you might be thinking about is debt. However,there are many misconceptions about debt and inheritance, and it is essential to understand your position. Many people believe that when a person dies,...

Figures showing sharp rise in multiple cases brought to Employment Tribunals.

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

According to the Ministry of Justice, it has seen an increase in single claims by 25% in October to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019 and an 82% rise in multiple cases with 29,000 claims being received. The rising number of cases appear to...

Top 5 tips When Preparing Your Business for Sale

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

Top 5 tips When Preparing Your Business for Sale Plan Plan Plan Plan in advance because it can take a long time, even several months, to sell your business. It is important not to rush and take the steps necessary to make the business an appealing...

How can unspent income from lockdown cut future inheritance tax bills?

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

Internet shopping may have boomed during lockdown, but many people have spent less money than they would have while the national lockdowns have been in place. Therefore, those with spare money have an unusual opportunity which allows them to make the...

Pre-nuptial agreements & Post-nuptial agreements

  • Posted

The topic of ‘should we get a Pre-nup’ can be sometimes quite an upsetting thing to consider for some couples, as ultimately, you are creating a plan of what would happen if your relationship were to cease. However, it is something that is...

Devil in the detail for residential landlords

Susan Le-Sage
  • Posted
  • Author

Residential landlords are under pressure to keep on top of a raft of new legislation and guidelines this year, including many protections for tenants extended by the government during the pandemic.  They include a continuing hold on evictions, the new...

Marriage breakdowns could head for their own lockdown

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

The easing of lockdown may have been the catalyst for the announcement by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife that they were heading for divorce and separate lives, with data from Google showing a surge in searches for divorce guidance as restrictions were...

7 Steps To Help Someone With Dementia

Hollie Allcorn
  • Posted
  • Author

How can you help someone with dementia? It's the start of Dementia Action Week 2021 it is important to remember that every 3 seconds someone is diagnosed with dementia and there are now more than 920,000 people living with dementia in the UK. ...

Power of Attorney & protecting the rights of people with dementia

Lisa Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Dementia Action Week runs 17th - 23rd May 2021 and is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. When a person receives a dementia diagnosis, this doesn’t automatically...

The Change is Nearly Upon Us- New Solicitors and the SQE Route.

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

After several years in the pipeline, September 2021 finally sees the rollout of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). For people wishing to qualify as a solicitor, this new route into the profession replaces the previous Legal Practice Course (LPC). Under...

ACAS Report on the Costs of Workplace Conflict

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

A new report published by ACAS estimates that the cost of workplace conflict to UK organisations is around £28.5 billion a year. ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) are an independent public body that offer free and impartial...

Key Considerations for a settlement agreement

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

A settlement agreement will be tailored to the specific circumstances of the employee, but there are key considerations for all settlement agreements to ensure the proposed deal is covered and we have highlighted the main ones below. 1. Scope of settlement:...

Flexible Working: Your Questions Answered

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the way we work and live has been forever changed. Many people have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home, including avoiding a commute, setting their own hours and taking care of their children. Employers can...

Brexit: A brief look at effects on businesses

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The UK's separation from the EU plays host to a number of potential changes that businesses should carefully consider to ensure their contracts retain their desired effect. Contracts It is important to consider how your contract may be impacted by...

I Think My Employee is taking Advantage of Covid-19

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

Exploring what can be done if you think your employee is lying about Covid-19 Exposure and/or Symptoms With the ever changing rules around Covid-19, it can be difficult for employers to navigate what should be done if an employee says they are required to...

The Chancery Lane Project: Environmentally Friendly Contract Clauses

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

What is the Chancery Lane Project? The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) is the name given to the group of lawyers and legal professionals helping to combat climate change with contractual clauses. TCLP is a collaborative project comprised of 700 legal...

Did Princess Leia owe Revan-ue & Customs?

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

There is a lot to Star Wars. There are a few films that everyone knows of (of which 2 are excellent, 2 ok and 5 awful) but also a much wider universe. The lore of the Star Wars universe (canon and non-canon - thanks to Disney) is vast. I was asked to write...

Health and Safety Detriment Protection to Extend to 'Workers'

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

An employee is someone who works under the terms of an employment contract.  In comparison,  the definition of a worker is wider and includes any individual who works for a business, whether under an employment contract or other type of contract...

Covid-19 Return to Work Guidance

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

With businesses working to reopen, even if just partially, employers must ensure that they carefully plan for return to the workplace. At the time of writing, government guidance states that individuals should continue to work from home "if you...

Not having your affairs in order before death can lead to increased costs for your estate

Sarah Whybrow
  • Posted
  • Author

Not having your affairs in order before death can lead to increased costs for your estate Gathering information from a deceased's family for probate is hugely important to solicitors but, unfortunately, many people die without putting their affairs in...

Are your trees an accident waiting to happen?

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

The case of Colar (1) and Singh (2) v Highways England serves as a reminder to farmers, landowners and public authorities of the importance of tree maintenance. Case Summary The claimants were injured in a collision when a tree fell from the central...

Can Employers Compel Employees to be Vaccinated Against Covid-19?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

As lockdown measures begin to ease and more and more employees begin returning to their workplace, many employers are considering whether they can introduce a requirement for their employees to be vaccinated. The Government is currently undertaking its plan...

What Is No-Fault Divorce & When Is It Coming To The UK?

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

Under the current divorce law , the only way to get a divorce without a statutory delay is if one spouse not only initiates proceedings but alleges fault on behalf of the other. A no-fault divorce is a divorce procedure that does not...

Son looks to overturn first instance decision as family battle continues

Rebecca Callaghan
  • Posted
  • Author

A son looking to have his mother’s two wills reinstated had his case heard by the High Court last week. John Clitheroe, is looking to appeal the first instance decision that overturned his mother Jean Clitheroe’s two wills, after the judgment...

The 'Food versus Fuel' debate

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

New plans to build the UK's largest solar farm have reignited calls for a national debate on the future of the countryside. The proposed Sunnica energy farm situated on the Cambridge/Suffolk border will allow for four separate solar energy sites...

Death of a company's sole director and shareholder.

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The death of a company's sole director-shareholder can have a severe impact on the running of the company and leave the business in limbo with no one in place with the authority to operate it. In the event of the death of a sole director where there are...

Non-payment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn't pay?

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

Non-payment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay? Under a child maintenance arrangement , child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If...

What is furlough fraud?

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

The government’s furlough schemes have offered essential support to both businesses and the self-employed in the UK during the ongoing pandemic. However, HMRC is now cracking down on instances of furlough fraud where a business or individual has...

A Prime reminder on Attorney responsibility

Clare Nichols
  • Posted
  • Author

Launched recently on Amazon Prime, the movie "I Care A Lot" stars Rosamund Pike as a callous and cold court appointed Guardian for members of society deemed to have lost capacity. Although highly dramatised, the movie shows Pike shamelessly...

Does getting married effect an existing Will?

Lisa Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

In simple words, yes ! When you marry, any Will you have in place is automatically revoked (cancelled) unless it was made in contemplation of the marriage taking place. If you do not then sign a new one, when you die the rules of intestacy will dictate...

Your rights in disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

While many workplaces continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, employment law and the Acas Code of Practice concerning disciplinary and grievance procedures still apply. If you are facing disciplinary action or grievance procedures, you...

Jabs for Jobs

Nilam Dave
  • Posted
  • Author

Exploring whether employers can introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. There are reports that some firms will be introducing a 'No Jab, No Job' policy, which would require all of their employees to have taken the vaccine against COVID-19. A...

Harassment hits hard at every level

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

When bullying or racism is involved, seniority and titles do not confer special protection  Bullying or racism may seem the fate of the underdog, but recent headlines have shown how it may affect anyone at any level, including royalty and...

Danny Carter invited to speak on BBC Essex Breakfast Show

Spencer Davis
  • Posted
  • Author

Earlier today Danny Carter from our Private Client Team was invited to speak on BBC Essex Breakfast Show about Lasting Power of Attorney (LPAs). This to many is a taboo subject, especially when approaching parents suggesting they hand over some of their...

Did the science teacher Dan Jewett have to sign a prenup?

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

It is very likely that multi billionaire Ms Scott would have been advised by her lawyers to enter into a prenuptial agreement as she married for the second time. Her net worth is estimated to be in the region of $53bn having helped her first husband Jeff...

International Women's Day

  • Posted

As around the world people celebrate International Women's Day, we virtually sat down with a few of our colleagues to talk about the steps that lead them to where they are today and what advice they would give to someone considering their...

Only weeks left to ensure you comply with new law requiring electrical installation safety tests to be carried out in private sector rented properties.

Charlotte Strutt
  • Posted
  • Author

There are only weeks left for rural landlords to ensure they comply with a new law requiring electrical installation safety tests to be carried out in private sector rented properties. In the summer of 2020, the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private...

Is it too soon for me to make a Will?

Caitriona Rafferty
  • Posted
  • Author

Is it too soon for me to make a Will? Across the UK around 54% of adults do not have a Will and the likelihood is many of these adults may believe it is too soon for them to think about drafting a Will, particularly if they are not married or are...

SDLT Holiday Extended - officially (Budget2021)

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

SDLT Holiday Extended - officially (Budget2021) There had been lots of reports in the press recently about an expected extension to the SDLT holiday. This was balanced by many reports saying it wouldn't be. It is now official that the current...

Registered LPAs can now be viewed online

Hollie Allcorn
  • Posted
  • Author

Registered LPAs can now be viewed online If you have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) that was registered on or after 17th July 2020 you can now choose to share the document online with third party institutions, such as banks and utility companies. ...

Are you involved in a family farming partnership, where nothing has been reduced to writing over the years?

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

Are you involved in a family farming partnership, where nothing has been reduced to writing over the years? If so, the Court of Appeal has just provided some welcome clarification on a number of grey areas. In Procter v Procter and others [2021] the Court...

Do You Need a Power of Attorney?

Lisa Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Do You Need a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is a document which quite simply grants another person, of your choosing, the ability to 'stand in your shoes'. They will then be able to act on your behalf in relation to financial and...

Spotlight: Chantelle Bradley

Clare Nichols
  • Posted
  • Author

Spotlight: Chantelle Bradley   How long have you been a Solicitor? I qualified in January 2017, however everyday can be a learning curve with each client's personal circumstances and their requirements being different to the last.   ...

Are you the landlord under a telecommunications mast tenancy agreement entered into before 28th December 2017?

Edward Worthy
  • Posted
  • Author

Are you the landlord under a telecommunications mast tenancy agreement entered into before 28th December 2017? If so, you may be interested to know that the Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in the case of Cornerstone Telecommunications...

Will the stamp duty land tax holiday be extended?

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

Will the stamp duty land tax holiday be extended? If you are in the process of buying a property, you may have considered whether you will be able to take advantage of the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday, allowing you to save up to £15,000 on your...

What to do before Budget 2021

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

What to do before Budget 2021 Unless you've been living in a cockerel's boot, you'll be aware that there is a Budget coming on 3rd March. There is ample speculation about what may be in it but we aren't going to consider that here in any...

New rights and the beginning of the end of leasehold

Bakshi Dhanda
  • Posted
  • Author

New rights and the beginning of the end of leasehold  Leasehold property owners are set for important changes in the coming months, with the Government’s plans to grant new rights on lease extensions and the ending of ground rent.  It is...

Bereavement Standard campaign gathers momentum

Alexandra Frumosu
  • Posted
  • Author

Bereavement Standard campaign gathers momentum #BereavementStandardcampaign Campaigners have brought to the attention of parliament the lack of cross-department communication when someone dies. The campaigners are seeking the creation and implementation of...