Mediation: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution which can be a highly effective tool to bring a dispute to a conclusion (saving management time and legal costs). It can be used both before legal proceedings are commenced and at any stage of legal proceedings. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential method of Alternative Dispute… Read more »

Nuptial Agreements: What Do the Courts Consider?

Nuptial agreements refer to either pre-nuptial agreements (entered into before marriage) or post-nuptial agreements (entered into after marriage). At present, nuptial agreements are not legally binding. This means that if an agreement is entered into and the relationship breaks down, the court has discretion and can move away from the terms of the agreement if… Read more »

COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Commercial Property Market

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on most businesses. As for the property sector, the stamp duty holiday appears to have played a part in strengthening the residential property market, which has encouraged many developers to continue to locate strategic sites. Entrepreneurs are closely monitoring distressed assets and, with budgets stretched, investors and… Read more »

Part 18 Request and Ed Sheeran’s Copyright Case

Recently, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appeared in the Legal Press due to allegations that his hit song ‘Shape of You’ infringed another artist’s copyright. The other party sought further information and required answers to questions on a number of matters relevant to the Court proceedings pursuant to Part 18 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The Civil… Read more »

Execution of Deeds with Electronic Signatures

As COVID-19 continues to impact the ability for individuals and businesses to work and sign documents, the Land Registry has introduced further changes to allow conveyancing Deeds to be executed using electronic signatures rather than in person. In order to register a “disposition” at the Land Registry, you are required to submit a copy of… Read more »

Managing Sickness Absence during COVID-19

Businesses have faced numerous challenges throughout the pandemic. As cases continue to rise, it is important that employers are aware of the different ways to managing sickness absence during COVID-19. Our experts have collated 5 top tips to help and guide employers. Absence Policy All employers should have an absence policy.  Employees should be familiar… Read more »

Job Support Scheme – What You Need to Know

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The Government has announced the creation of the Job Support Scheme (JSS), divided into JSS Open and JSS Closed, to protect jobs in businesses that may face lower demand over winter due to the impact of COVID-19. The hope is that employers will utilise the scheme as an alternative to making redundancies, so that businesses… Read more »

Final Opportunity for Preparing your Business for Sale?

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Recently, it was announced that the Autumn Budget would be cancelled as the government explained that they had taken the view that “now was not the right time to outline long-term plans given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”. Prior to this, it had been expected that the Chancellor would announce changes to the rates of capital… Read more »

The Public Procurement Regulations 2015 Summarised

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The announcement that two contract deals recently awarded by the Cabinet Office to a PR firm linked to Dominic Cummings has sparked outrage due to the fact that no competitive tenders were provided and therefore the process was deemed ‘biased’ by many lawyers. The contracts were not publicised by the Cabinet Office due to the… Read more »

Business Sale and Purchase Disputes

Business owners and directors are busier now more than ever due to the time-consuming effects that COVID-19 has had on the economy and the way businesses operate. However, this stress may be heightened if you are a new business owner and the business is not what it appeared to be or if you have sold… Read more »