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What will happen to my business after I die?

Posted on 20th May 2020 in Later Life Planning

If you run your company by yourself, perhaps as a sole director and shareholder, your hard work in building up your business will have cost you many hours of time and sleepless nights. But have you set up your company in such a way to allow it to keep trading after your death?

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Why you should think about putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney for health and care decisions

Posted on 14th May 2020 in Later Life Planning

The experience of caring for and seeing a parent or other loved one suffer for a prolonged period in the final stages of life, even when the grief has passed, causes many individuals to want their journey to be managed differently.

Posted by

Lucy Lamb

Solicitor

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We guide you through the health protection regulations 2020

Posted on 13th May 2020 in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus Pandemic

These regulations implement the change that have been announced over the past few days (but with greater clarity). The regulations are a fairly easy read so if you want to know what can and can’t be done under “lock down”, the regulations should be your first source rather than Kevin or Karen off of Facebook.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney and how can I put one in place?

Posted on 12th May 2020 in Later Life Planning

Death, mental incapacity and old age are topics which can make people feel uncomfortable. It is important to remember, though, that preparations made whilst you are well enough to make decisions for yourself can make life far easier for you, and your family, later in life.

Posted by

Sarah Phillips

Chartered Legal Executive

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How much is the statutory bereavement award and who can claim it?

Posted on 06th May 2020 in Medical Negligence

Poor medical care can sadly not only result in injury, but also the death of a patient. For those matters the statutory bereavement award, a set figure of compensation paid to the deceased’s family, has been increased.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Landlord’s consent for lessee’s covenants- Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2020]

Posted on 06th May 2020 in Affordable Housing

The issue in this case was one touching on the enforceability of covenants of the type seen in many typical leases of flats where the leases contain similar covenants and the landlord covenants to enforce those covenants at the request of another lessee.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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How land laws are affecting the UKs housing crisis

Posted on 04th May 2020 in Affordable Housing

At the heart of the UKs housing problem is a six decade old piece of planning legislation. The Land Compensation Act 1961 sets a floor on the price of land based on the most profitable uses imaginable.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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What can I do to secure the future of my business after lockdown?

Posted on 04th May 2020 in Company & Commercial

In a time of such uncertainty it may feel counter intuitive to be focussing on the future, however taking time to secure your business as we approach the possibility of lockdown restrictions lifting could be time well spent.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Associate and Solicitor

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I have exchanged contracts on my sale/purchase, but the other party wants to call a halt because of Covid-19. What happens?

Posted on 01st May 2020 in Residential Property

Residential property contracts will be governed by the Law Society’s standard conditions of sale. These conditions do not include any provisions to expressly cover the event of a pandemic or epidemic, or otherwise the death or serious illness of a party.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Looking After Relatives in Care Homes During Covid-19

Posted on 28th April 2020 in Probate & Wills, Coronavirus Pandemic

In these uncertain times and with official guidance changing on a regular basis, many people are understandably worried about their elderly or vulnerable relatives

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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I was going to sell my house. Should I wait until all this is over?

Posted on 24th April 2020 in Residential Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

While every transaction is different, it will generally take 2-3 months from the date a buyer is found to the buyer getting the keys, i.e. completion. Taking into account that lead-in time, there is logic in sellers still trying to get their house sales tied up now, and we continue to be instructed on new deals.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Is your business ready for life after furlough?

Posted on 24th April 2020 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

The good news is that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended and will now run until 30 June 2020. But what happens when it ends?

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Solicitor