Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Child Arrangements: Lockdown and Separated Parents

The UK is in its third national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and families of separated parents remain uncertain about whether their children are allowed to move between households during this time, if changes need to be made to the terms of any existing child arrangements orders, and what the latest guidance is surrounding… Read more »

Tax Returns Deadline Extension Announced by HMRC

HMRC announces tax returns deadline extension

The HMRC have recently announced that  people required to file self-assessment tax returns will not receive a penalty if submitted late, provided that the tax return is filed online by the 28th February 2021. The deadline extension follows the realisation that many people required more time and were struggling to complete their tax returns by… Read more »

Getting Redundancy Right to Avoid Unfair Dismissal Claims

Redundancy in the workplace

Redundancy is defined as the closure of a business, the closure of a site or reduction in work of a particular kind, meaning less people are required. According to the latest data from the Office of National Statistics, there were 395,000 redundancies in the third quarter (July- September) of 2020, the highest rate since records… Read more »

Changes to the Statutory Lease Extension Process for Residential Flats

Signing of a lease extension agreement

On the 7th January 2021, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced that under proposed Government reforms, leaseholders (tenants) will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent. These proposals come off the back of a Law Commission report in July 2020, which set out… Read more »

Debt Recovery: Using High Court Enforcement Officers

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 has formally decided that the debtor owes you that sum of money which you are entitled to… Read more »

Trust Registration Service: New Regulations

man with a pen signing his expression of wish form

Trusts can affect individuals and families in a number of ways, often occurring where there are second marriages, for tax planning or for the protection of vulnerable beneficiaries. The role of Trustee and the position of Trusts can be daunting with various duties and regulations applying and new rules being implemented. What is the Trust… Read more »

Coercive Control- How Can I Seek help?

Viewers of Channel 4’s Hollyoaks will have seen their current portrayal of coercive control with characters John Paul and PC George Kiss. Very much representative of how coercive control works, we have seen confident and well-loved character John Paul slowly become isolated from his family and manipulated by George, blaming himself for problems within their… Read more »

How to Avoid Unfair Dismissal Claims from Employees

In a perfect example of how not to handle high levels of sickness absence, a worker who was absent for 808 shifts over a 20-year career – costing the company an estimated £95,850 in sick pay – has won tribunal claims of unfair dismissal against his former employer. The key issue here is, not that… Read more »

Caroline Flack: What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Last will and testament document - what happens if you die without a Will?

Caroline Flack, TV presenter, very sadly took her own life in February 2020. Newspapers estimated that her estate was worth around £2 million but, after debts, the value was £827,000. Caroline had passed away unexpectedly without a Will having been made and therefore, by law, her estate is to be administered in accordance with the… Read more »

Commercial Landlords: Pursuing Rent Arrears During a Pandemic

calendar with rent due sticker - how can commercial landlords pursue rent arrears?

2021 is well underway and landlords are still facing challenges with their commercial tenants due to the impact of the pandemic – the most common problem being tenants not paying their rent. Currently, there is a moratorium on forfeiture of commercial leases for non-payment of rent. This also applies to all payments to be made… Read more »