Article Category: Insight & Opinion

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 »

Furlough Scheme Extended to March 2021

furlough scheme extended update

On 31st October 2020, the Government announced that, despite localised tier systems being in place, new COVID-19 cases were on the rise again and therefore new national lockdown restrictions (‘Lockdown 2’) would be put in place starting from 5th November 2020 and ending on 2nd December 2020. As a result, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme… 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 »

Do I Qualify for Business Property Relief?

Business Property Relief (BPR) provides relief from inheritance tax on the transfer of relevant business assets. It was established to provide the UK’s SME sector with some protection in the event of the death of the principal business owner. It aims to help businesses and beneficiaries to continue trading when faced with an inheritance tax… Read more »

What You Need to Know Before Terminating an Agency Agreement

The Coronavirus has forced businesses to adapt to a new way of working and, as a result, companies are forced to review their current contracts and reorganise the way in which they do business in order to save costs where possible. We have seen an increase in the number of queries surrounding terminating a commercial… 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 »