Our blog provides you with updates and points of view on different aspects of law that can affect individuals and businesses.

Posts are written by some of our partners, senior solicitors and solicitors.

The waiting game for Landlords continues for a further 9 months

12 July 2021

The moratorium on evicting commercial tenants over unpaid rent was due to expire on 30th June but has now been extended for another nine months.

In April last year, we saw the government block legal attempts to evict retail, hospitality and other businesses that had stopped paying rent, to take off the economic pressures caused as a direct result of the pandemic.

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Disputes over Wills as we emerge from lockdown

09 July 2021

As we emerge from lockdown, we are seeing an increase in the number of enquiries made by concerned relatives that a loved one may have been subject to financial abuse during the period of isolation or that a Will prepared during lockdown may be invalid due to a person’s lack of capacity. Sadly, these issues usually come to light when a loved one has passed away.

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Pursuing business rates through the county court

07 July 2021

Routinely, local authorities will obtain liability orders for unpaid business rates. However, under the Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) Regulations 1989, where a liability order has been obtained for unpaid business rates, you are prohibited from obtaining a charging order for the unpaid liability and you can only obtain a voluntary charge under certain conditions.

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Unfair Dismissals: Health and Safety

29 June 2021

As we emerge from the depths of a pandemic, tribunals are observing an increasing number of claims brought pursuant to Section 100(1)(e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA). Section 100(1)(e) ERA protects employees from being unfairly dismissed where the employee, in circumstances of danger that they reasonably believed to be serious and imminent, took or proposed to take appropriate steps to protect themselves or other persons from danger. Any dismissal which arises as a result of these steps taken by the employee will be automatically unfair.

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Misconceptions of Medical Negligence

22 June 2021

The vast majority of patients who see their GP, dentist or go into hospital will receive good care. In an ideal world, this would happen all the time, and there wouldn’t be a need for lawyers to represent patients’ interests at all. Unfortunately, there are occasions where things do not go the way that they should have done with sometimes devastating consequences.

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