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Commercial Property Update #2: Landlord and Tenant

Following on from my previous article, the government have now announced measures to protect tenants from “aggressive rent collection” during the current pandemic lockdown. What is proposed In an announcement made on the 23rd April, the government plans to introduce a temporary ban on statutory demands and winding up petitions being issued to commercial tenants.... Read More

Commercial Property Update: Landlord and Tenant

What other options are available for a landlord to pursue non-payment of rent whilst forfeiture is prevented under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and which tenants should be wary of when choosing not to pay their rent? Under the terms of the Coronavirus Act 2020, landlords are currently prevented from issuing forfeiture proceedings against tenants for... Read More

Need help reviewing your current business contracts?

In these extraordinary times smaller businesses are having to place an even greater emphasis on cash flow. In doing so, business owners are having to review any monthly contracts or areas of expenditure that can be reduced or terminated until normal business can resume. To help with this challenge, our commercial team are offering our... Read More

Childcare during coronavirus – what are your rights?

Government guidance suggests that where parents do not live in the same household, children may still move between households but that it is not a necessity. This has caused some confusion amongst families subject to a Child Arrangement Order. Where coronavirus restrictions result in a change to the contact/care arrangements ordered by the court, the... Read More

Sophie Haskins, Private Client Solicitor discusses the importance of ensuring your affairs are in order

Although most of us have every intention of putting our affairs in order by making or reviewing a Will and/or a Lasting Power of Attorney, there is often a good reason why we never get around to doing so, be it due to a busy work/home life or the unwillingness to focus on such a... Read More

Data protection update: first UK fine issued under the new GDPR regime

Just over 18 months have passed since the implementation of the GDPR and the ICO have issued their first UK fine to a London Pharmacy. Data protection should be a key consideration for all businesses and is important to be kept under review. Read More

A GUIDE TO SELLING YOUR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Commercial considerations Selling any property can take time, and this is especially true for commercial property. Although the aim of any conveyancing transaction is to put a property to market and sell it as quickly as possible, commercial property sales are dictated by: Current property prices The current state of the market will directly affect... Read More

Cohabitee claims under the Inheritance Act 1975

The number of unmarried co-habiting couples in England and Wales has increased significantly and with this societal change there is an ever-increasing need for people to consider their financial situations and who they would like to inherit from their estate when they die. Read More

CONSIDERATIONS FOR CONTENTIOUS PROBATE

When a loved one passes away, the Estate they leave behind must be dealt with. Someone must be legally appointed to deal with the deceased’s affairs and estate – a process known as obtaining a Grant of Representation. If the deceased leaves behind a will, an Executor will be named. Otherwise, a blood family member... Read More

HOW TO KEEP A DIVORCE AMICABLE

Although this will undoubtedly be one of the most stressful times of your life, there are ways to ensure the divorce process is as quick and cordial as possible. Here we consider the best ways to keep a divorce ‘amicable’ – and get the best outcome for you and your family. What is an ‘amicable... Read More

Property fraud – are you protected?

Millions of pounds are lost each year to Property fraud in the UK, which unfortunately is a serious ongoing issue with fraudsters continuing to target property owners regardless of whether owners are individuals or companies, and leaving you to deal with the consequences. The most common types of frauds are typically where criminals steal a... Read More

More to administering an estate than obtaining the Grant of Probate

Brenda Smyth of AMD Solicitors considers the tax implications when dealing with the administration of an estate. When applying for a Grant of Probate, the Personal Representatives of an estate must complete and submit an Inheritance Tax form giving details of all assets and liabilities of an estate. This may need to include details of... Read More
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