Article Category: Dispute Resolution – Insight & Opinion

Can Employees Take a Second Job During Furlough Leave?

Many of the millions of Britons on furlough leave have opted to take a second job. Some are picking fruit and vegetables to support the British harvest, while others have been taking second jobs in supermarkets. But what are the restrictions to taking a second job whilst on furlough leave? Can My Employees Work Elsewhere During… Read more »

Are you at Risk of Wrongful Trading?

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Directors of companies in financial difficulties face a number of issues, including: How to keep the company in business without committing an offence or incurring personal liability; When they must decide to cease trading; and Which insolvency procedure should the company enter should they cease trading. The risk of liability for wrongful trading is one… Read more »

Restrictive Covenants during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in the amount of employees who are working from home.  Whilst working from home has many benefits, it can also give rise to legitimate concerns from businesses regarding the need to protect the interests of their business and its confidential trading information. Many employers have policies or contractual… Read more »

What’s the Best Approach If Debtors Cannot Pay What They Owe You?

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What is the best approach if your debtors cannot pay what they owe you? The short answer: honestly, ‘it depends’. Countless businesses are facing legitimate difficulties through no fault of their own. Yours may be one of them, not just because it has shut its doors or lost business due to social distancing, but because… Read more »

Will Covid-19 Risk Non-Performance Under Contract?

There is no doubt that these are challenging and difficult times for all sectors of the economy in the UK and around the globe. So has the outbreak of Covid-19 put you or your business at risk of non-performance under contract? The government is introducing drastic measures in almost every area from public health and… Read more »

TOLATA: Property Rights for Unmarried and Co-habiting Couples

It is surprising how many couples believe that they have rights over another’s property if they have been in a long-term relationship that has come to an end. The concept of the term ‘common law wife’ is widely misconceived. There is no legal right to another’s property by virtue of a long-standing relationship. Similarly, clients… Read more »

Misrepresentation in Contract Law

Misrepresentation of the facts in contract law can quite rightly, have financial consequences. The importance of making true and accurate representations when encouraging a party to enter into a contract was highlighted in a well-publicised case in 2018, where a premium dating agency was ordered by the High Court to refund a client £12,600 after… Read more »

Contentious Probate: how to deal with relatives squabbling over the estate

Contentious Probate Q&A My father has recently passed and I am the executor of his estate. He had a lot of personal effects, which my relatives are squabbling over. What should I do? These personal effects are called chattels. As executor, it is your duty to collect his personal effects and distribute them to the beneficiaries of… Read more »