Covid 19

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Buildings Insurance – Freeholders have the responsibility but leaseholders bear the risk

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Author: Chris Thompson

As leasehold owners of flats are well aware, the responsibility for arranging buildings insurance will normally fall to the freehold...

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COVID-19 Business Interruption claims case aims to remove uncertainty for policyholders and insurers

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Author: Chris Thompson

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in businesses facing unprecedented financial difficulties. Many have struggled to trade as a result of...

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Family Court Welfare Reports – CAFCASS

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) has published two new protocols setting out how they intend...

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Nearly 3000 drink-drivers caught in the South East last year

Thousands of drivers in the region at risk of drink-driving as nearly half (46%) plan to head to the pub...

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IBB Law obtains winding up order in spite of the Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act (CIG)

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Author: Sarah Jackson

Usually obtaining a winding up order would not make the front page, but the Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill (CIG),...

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Inheritance disputes on the increase.

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Author: Amanda Melton

Today,  The Times reported an increase in the number of Inheritance Act claims – a 47% rise from 2018.    Inheritance...

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Is now the time to draft or renew your nuptial agreement?

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Author: Charlotte Southworth

For many, lockdown has provided an opportunity to catch up with life admin and whilst the pace of life might...

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Planning permissions given a new lease of life

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Author: Paul Brampton

Unless a planning permission states otherwise, it will expire after 3 years, within which time construction has to begin. Numerous...

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The Family Court and Covid-19

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Author: Yasmin Kibble

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

Earlier this month Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, published guidance on ‘The Road Ahead’ for the Family...

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Challenging a Will

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Author: Linda Blay

There have been many high profile cases over the years where disappointed beneficiaries have brought a claim against an Estate...

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Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (In Liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd [2020] UKSC 25

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Author: Paul Brampton

Q: Can an insolvent company adjudicate to claim sums? A: The Supreme Court says “yes it can”. On 17 June...

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A welcome development for businesses – Government helps businesses access trade credit insurance

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Author: Paul Brampton

On 4 June 2020 the Government announced a temporary, government-backed, reinsurance scheme to help businesses access trade credit insurance as...

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Why we need to talk about elder abuse.

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Author: Amanda Melton

Monday 15th June marked the United Nations’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This may have passed you by as there...

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‘Support Bubbles’ for single households: how do they work?

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Author: Vicky Preece

Yesterday, during the daily Downing Street briefing, the Prime Minister revealed a new measure termed “support bubbles” as part of...

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Probate delays: how long will I have to wait?

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Author: Linda Blay

The delays at the Probate Registries in issuing grants of representation are being widely mentioned in the media. The delays...

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The Domestic Abuse Bill – where are we?

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Author: Kate Ryan

The Domestic Abuse Bill remains with Parliament. The Bill was debated at a second reading on Tuesday 28 April 2020...

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The construction industry’s Roadmap to Recovery

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Author: Paul Brampton

Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector were published on 1st June 2020. The Construction Leadership Council’s...

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Forfeiting an Inheritance

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Author: Linda Blay

The high profile case of Sally Challen has been in the news again this week.  Sally was convicted of murdering...

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Reducing Commercial Property Commitments – COVID-19

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Author: Jon Mowbray

One of the many implications of COVID-19 for businesses will be a review of their occupational requirements.  The combination of...

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Covid19 – Father losses legal battle to prevent his children from returning to school.

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

As the nation gets ready to send those pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back to school next...

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Wills and Trusts Disputes – Covid 19

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Author: Rekha Toor

Whilst the courts may have physically closed their doors, this has not stopped Wills and Trusts disputes (also known as...

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Covid-19 Site Operating Procedures: another update for the construction industry to interpret and implement

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Author: Paul Brampton

Version 4 of the construction industry’s Site Operating Procedures was published by the Construction Leadership Council on 18 May 2020. ...

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Orders for Sale – Family Home

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

Typically, the main asset for divorcing couples is the family home, which may need to be sold to achieve a fair division of the assets...

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Rapid consultation on remote hearings in Family Law cases

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Author: Sarah Forster

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) has recently published a rapid consultation on the use of remote hearings in family...

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Emergency Changes to Insolvency Law

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Author: Ami Bhatt

On 28 March 2020, the Business Secretary announced changes to the current insolvency legislation to help businesses affected by the...

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A COVID-19 Babyboom? Financial Claims for Unmarried Parents

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Author: Charlotte Southworth

It is being suggested that 12-18 months post lockdown, there may be a baby boom. For those couples who are...

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Child Arrangement Orders and COVID-19

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Author: Celia Whittuck

During these new and uncertain times, many parents are naturally worried about child arrangements and potentially breaching Court orders. Here’s...

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Directors Duties – the formal stuff

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Author: Ami Bhatt

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Author: Sarah Jackson

Company directors should be aware of their duties under Companies Act 2006 (Act) which are: To act within their powers...

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Remote Board Meetings During Lock-down

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Author: Adam Dowdney

As our recent posts on directors duties and shareholder engagement show, the role of directors in the current pandemic is...

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Child Maintenance – the impact of Covid19

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Author: Sarah Forster

Parents are responsible for the costs of bringing up their children, this will not change during the  Covid19 pandemic. When...

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Electronic communication with shareholders – written resolutions

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Author: Adam Dowdney

As the lockdown restrictions continue to operate in the UK, a company’s ability to take important decisions and also communicate...

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Government acts fast to protect commercial tenants

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Author: Charles Grossman

As is now old news, the Government announced on 20 March 2020 that it was asking all cafes, pubs, bars,...

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Residential Leases – Don’t leave it too late!

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Author: Gary Bunce

Unlike owning a freehold property, owners of leasehold properties need to be more mindful to review what is after all...

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Advantages and Perils of Buying a Business out of Administration

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Author: Adam Dowdney

One inevitable result of the current crisis will be a number of businesses going into administration. This may present great...

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Two-week rapid consultation on remote hearings in the Family Court launched

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

Last week, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane announced the commencement of a two-week rapid consultation on...

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Locking up the legal issues when planning ahead in the virus crisis

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Author: Joanna Mills

NHS workers fighting Covid-19 on the front line, together with the elderly and vulnerable, lie behind a huge spike in...

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All you need to know about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Author: Marc Jones

On 20 March 2020, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to protect employers and employees due to...

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Privacy in a Pandemic

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Author: Ami Bhatt

The current times are testing not just for individuals and organisation but also for privacy laws and the way in...

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COVID19 – Divorce – Is my financial Order final?

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

The huge impact COVID19 is having on the economy will have a knock-on effect on financial Orders arising on divorce....

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Covid-19 Site Operating Procedures – a blessing or a burden for the beleaguered construction industry?

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Author: Paul Brampton

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, has endorsed the Site...

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COVID 19 – Access to justice in the family courts. What is the alternative to the Court system?

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

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Author: Celia Whittuck

The President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice, Sir Andrew McFarlane, acknowledged in his “Covid-19: National Guidance...

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Future-proofing your business when the future is uncertain

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Author: Adam Dowdney

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Author: Harriet Jones

As businesses across the country implement their continuity and maintenance procedures in these unprecedented times, they may also face an...

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Signing Wills during Lockdown

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Author: Linda Blay

Since my last article on the issues surrounding Will signing in a time of social distancing the BBC has reported...

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Online Family Law Support

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Author: Jolene Hutchison

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Author: Charlotte Southworth

COVID19 is creating unique family law issues for many people. Anybody who has already separated from a spouse or a...

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Government support for charities – is it enough?

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Author: Paul Ridout

Yesterday’s announcement by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, of £750m of funding for the charity sector (see link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-sets-out-extra-750-million-coronavirus-funding-for-frontline-charities) has had...

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Coronavirus and Company Meetings

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Author: Adam Dowdney

The change to everyday life caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the running of a...

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Covid-19 – Guidance for Marina Operators

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Author: John Clement

This is an unprecedented and unsettling time for marina owners and operators. Below is some guidance based on the current...

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Coronavirus is not subject to border controls: an immigration update

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Author: Jasmin Dhillon

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, governments across the world have put in place immigration-related measures in order to decelerate...

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UK Government advises Britons to temporarily postpone all plans to move homes

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Author: Miles Eckersley

On 23 March, the government advised that all home buyers and renters should consider postponing any plans to move homes....

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Family breakdowns: Negotiating through the Coronavirus.

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Author: Kate Ryan

Many of those involved in a family breakdown will be having to address issues of co-parenting, separating homes and moving...

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Lasting Powers of Attorney and General Powers of Attorney

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Author: Linda Blay

The Office of the Public Guardian say they are aiming to register LPAs within 40 working days (8 weeks) but...

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Domestic Abuse Victims: Can I leave the house during lockdown?

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Author: Sonal Parekh

Victims of Domestic Abuse can leave home to seek help at refuges, despite the current government guidelines on staying at...

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Electronic signatures – no need for a “wet ink” signature?

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Author: Charlotte Newlyn

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Author: Sarah Jackson

UPDATE: IBB Solicitors has contacted the Law Society, who have confirmed that they do not currently advise professionals to use...

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Witnessing a Will and Social Distancing

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Author: Linda Blay

The threat of coronavirus has seen a significant increase in the number of people making a new Will or reviewing...

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UK Government announces support for self-employed

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Author: Marc Jones

On Thursday 26th March 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined plans to support the UK’s self-employed affected by the coronavirus...

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Charities and Covid-19

This article is about the two Cs and for once, we aren’t talking about the Charity Commission. A form of...

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Business advice for companies suffering from coronavirus measures

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Author: Adam Dowdney

Clearly, we are in very unusual times, but one certainty is that disruption will be caused to all businesses, large...

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Covid-19: Separated couples and property ownership.

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Author: Laura Hunt

At a time of worldwide uncertainty due to the Covid-19 outbreak, people are reflecting on their individual circumstances and decisions...

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Cohabiting for Covid-19? Ask yourself these 3 questions

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Author: Charlotte Southworth

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Author: Laura Hunt

Covid-19 is forcing everyone to live very different lives and it is perhaps even more challenging for couples who have...

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Guidance for Holiday Caravan Occupiers

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Author: John Clement

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Author: Morgan Wolfe

Updated 25 March 2020 The owner of my holiday park has just told me the park is closing and I...

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Covid-19, Children & Co-Parenting

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Author: Sonal Parekh

During these new and uncertain times, many parents are naturally worried about contact arrangements and potentially breaching Court orders. Here’s...

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Moving home in times of the Coronavirus – Be prepared!

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Author: Gary Bunce

2020 began with an optimistic outlook for the UK housing market and according to the forecasts made by Rightmove, property...

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Should I stay or should I go?

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Author: Morgan Wolfe

If you are currently staying on a holiday park you may be wondering how recent government guidance on holiday park...

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Construction Sites and Lockdown – what is the guidance?

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Author: Paul Brampton

COBRA agreed on 23 March 2020 that construction sites should continue to operate provided that they can follow PHE guidance...

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance for Owners of Residential and Holiday Parks

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Author: John Clement

This is an unprecedented and unsettling time for the owners of residential and holiday parks. Below is some guidance based...

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Covid-19: an employer’s charter

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Author: Marc Jones

As the government sails the country’s ship through unchartered waters, businesses are tentatively sailing their boats behind wondering what they...

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Quarter-day payments – how to make ends meet during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Author: Charlotte Newlyn

Even in the current climate, unless your lender, landlord or other provider has authorised a payment holiday, a lot of...

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Help – I have a gift card and the retailer is going bust – 5 Top Tips

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Author: Sarah Jackson

Intu, owner of some of the UK’s biggest shopping centres, has said unless it can raise more funds, it might...

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Can Coronavirus Constitute a Force Majeure Event?

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Author: Charlotte Newlyn

As the consequences of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to affect swathes of people, in terms of travel, health and supply...

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