Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Debt Recovery: Applying for a Charging Order

close up on files - tabs with Unpaid written on - debt recovery and charging order

If you experience that one of your debtors is refusing to pay a sum of money owed to you, and you have a County Court Judgment (CCJ) or Costs Order in your favour, this means that the Court have formally decided that the debtor owes you that sum of money, which you are entitled to… Read more »

Thinking of Raising Funds by Refinancing Your Property?

refinancing commercial property

Over the last few months, there has been a significant increase in the number of new instructions received whereby we are being asked to act for clients who are raising funds by refinancing and securing loans against existing properties that they own. This increased demand to raise monies may be caused by any number of… Read more »

COVID-19 Spring Announcement – Impact on Employment

COVID-19 Spring announcement and the Government Response

On 22nd February 2021, Boris Johnson provided a Spring announcement which included his four-point roadmap out of the UK’s third national lockdown. The Government has also released a 68-page document titled: ‘COVID-19 Response Spring 21’ (“Government Response”). What does this update mean for employers and what impact does it have on employment? Warren Moores discusses…. Read more »

Nightingale and Super Courts Revealed to Tackle COVID-19 Backlog

nightingale courts and super courts used during the pandemic

We’ve seen increasing references to the terms ‘nightingale courts’ and ‘super courts’ recently by business and legal press publications, but what are they and what do they actually mean for those who the courts exist for – the clients and litigants? Response to COVID-19 Impact The current pandemic, and the associated lockdown, has caused a… Read more »

Practical Jokes in the Workplace: Are they Suitable?

Although they may be seen as humorous, practical jokes in the workplace can lead to unnecessary stress and upset for employees. Charlie Wood, Associate Solicitor, outlines the case of Carol Hurley v East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and explains how these types of actions can have drastic and costly consequences. Carol Hurley v East Sussex… Read more »

Gamestop Phenomenon: Could This Happen Again?

gamestop phenomenon - photo showing graph of stocks

Stock markets are notoriously volatile and can be prone to rise and fall sharply based on nothing more than rumours. However, in the past few weeks we have witnessed a new phenomenon in the form of stock market manipulation driven by people on social media forums which could have significant implications in the future. What… Read more »

Property in a Trust: Responsibilities and Considerations for Trustees

Taking care of property in a trust

Putting property in a Trust is a great way to safeguard the property and avoid a lengthy and costly probate process on death. For the trustees who hold the property, it is important to consider any potential risk factors, your obligations and the health and wellbeing of the beneficiary residing in the property. There is… Read more »

Protecting Your Business from Review Websites

Business owner looking at negative reviews on review websites

It’s 2021 and, now more than ever, people use online review websites to research companies for all kinds of reasons. Whether it’s before they purchase a product or go for a job interview. Whilst online reviews are a useful way of finding out other people’s honest opinions and experiences with a product, service or company,… Read more »

Employment Tribunals: 5 Tips for Remote Hearings

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Employment Tribunal system has significantly adapted in order to continue to hear claims. Most full hearings are now taking place remotely using a Cloud Video Platform. Jennifer Platt, Senior Associate in the Employment Team, reflects on her recent experiences of representing clients at full remote hearings using the… Read more »

The Dangers of a Homemade Will

Currently, there is no requirement for people to make a Will under English law. And, in fact, a study carried out by ‘Remember a Charity’ in 2019 found that 68% of UK adults do not have a Will. If you’re one of these people, and you’re now contemplating writing a Will yourself — proceed with… Read more »