FAQs for Commercial Landlords and Tenants during COVID-19

For Landlords: Can my tenant stop paying their rent if they have shut their business down? The short answer is No. Any tenant of commercial premises must continue to comply with the terms of their commercial lease, including payment of rent, unless the lease states otherwise.The government has suggested that commercial landlords and tenants consider… Read more »

FAQs: The Effect of COVID-19 on Debt Recovery Processes

The current pandemic has seen many businesses increase and exhaust their internal credit control procedures, not to mention exercise patience with their customers and clients. But what happens next when these invoices remain unpaid? With particular consideration to the Government’s recent guidance, we answer some frequently asked questions: A large amount of unpaid invoices are… Read more »

Mediation in a Pandemic

Unfortunately, disputes will still arise and continue in the midst of a pandemic. 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). Mediation can be used both before legal proceedings are commenced and at any stage… Read more »

Litigating during a Pandemic

You may have some ongoing litigation or you may have a dispute that you have made every attempt to resolve through other means leaving litigation now as the only and last resort. If this is the case, a natural question will be: how can that litigation be pursued to a conclusion in the current climate… Read more »

Travel Disputes Arising from COVID-19

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has placed restrictions on all non-essential travel for an ‘indefinite’ period. This has extensive consequences to customers who have pre-booked holidays as most airlines have cancelled flights until at least the end of May 2020. Kathryn Clare, Associate, answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding travel disputes… Read more »

Effective Debt Recovery during COVID-19

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present businesses with exceptional circumstances, our Debt Recovery team remain fully operational throughout this uncertain period. Our experts are well positioned to provide both our existing and new clients with the appropriate help, advice and guidance to create an effective debt recovery process during this time. In light of… Read more »

FAQs for Evicting Tenants during COVID-19

In March, the Government introduced the Coronavirus Bill which provided emergency legislation to protect tenants from being evicted by their landlords from their privately rented accommodation until 30 June 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced this week that the ban on landlords evicting their tenants has… Read more »

Dispute Resolution and Debt Recovery

At SAS Daniels, we understand that businesses and individuals are unpredictable at the best of times. COVID-19 has made running a business very challenging due to the frequently changing measures and uncertain trading conditions, so the potential for future contractual disputes is high. Although our lawyers are unable to connect with clients in person, there… Read more »

Anna Barnes

Anna Barnes, Head of Dispute Resolution

I qualified as a solicitor specialising in Commercial Litigation in 2002 and worked at several Manchester city centre firms before joining SAS Daniels LLP in August 2016 as an Associate Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team. I now continue to work in this area of law across as a Partner at SAS Daniels and Head… Read more »