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CHANGES TO RESTRICTIONS ON PRESENTING WINDING UP PETITIONS

By Daniel Glinert

The temporary measures introduced to protects tenancies affected by the Coronavirus pandemic ending on 30th September 2021 and have been replaced with new measures under the Corporate Insolvency Governance Act 2020…

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The Overseas Entities Bill and the People of Significant Control (PSC) register

By Harry Pattihis

The Overseas Entities Bill was put forward in 2016, in response to the introduction of the People of Significant Control (PSC) register.   The current PSC register was created as…

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Section 21 Notice and the relevance of EPCs in light of Minister v Hathaway [2021] EWCA Civ 936

By Dee Puckering

The requirement to provide a tenant with an EPC only applies to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy granted on or after 1st October 2015, which was concluded in the recent case…

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The Wisdom of a Will

By Andrew Fishman

Last year it was revealed that three in five adults in the UK have not made a Will, according to research conducted by Canada Life. Despite the losses that have…

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Commercial Leases and Rent Recovery – New Rules Afoot…

By Emma Reed

As a result of the commercial rent moratorium being extended there are continuing restrictions on landlords’ remedies as against a commercial tenant and the burden remains heavily on landlords’ shoulders.…

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Joint Ventures in Business

By Max Lesser

What is a joint venture?   A joint venture (‘’JV’’) is a collaboration between two or more parties who have agreed to work together for specific purposes. Typically this will…

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Harassment outside of work; what an employer can do

By Philip Ross

Following the recent football tournament, it became more apparent that people were using social platforms to voice their racist opinions. Despite there being an on-going campaign against fans abusing football…

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Unfair dismissal case won by Claimant who was caught in the pub whilst taking sick leave.

By Zoe Michael

On 11th February 2021, a judge in the employment tribunal ruled that the Claimant, Mr Kane, had been unfairly dismissed after being found outside a social club, having notified his employers he was…

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New powers to tackle unfit directors of dissolved companies

By Arthur Fernandes

On 12th May 2021, the Government announced new powers will be given to insolvency services to allow them to investigate directors personally after a company has been dissolved. The legislation…

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Business rates avoidance scheme as qualification for councils to sue developers

By Alicia Pattihis

On Friday 14th May 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that local councils can sue property developers where business rates have been unpaid. The hearing centred around a test case, brought…

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Notice Period for Seeking Possession of Residential Tenancies in England – The Changes

By Dee Puckering

With effect from 1st June 2021 The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 and the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England)…

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Keeping your dealings with those lawyers limited! How best to avoid disputes in owner managed businesses

By Max Lesser

In owner managed businesses disputes at shareholder/director/partner level arise from a wide number of causes but typically involve disagreements regarding overarching strategy, day-to-day management, exclusion from decision making, putting personal…

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COVID – 19: Can an employee be dismissed for refusing to take the vaccine?

By Zoe Michael

With numbers rising across the Country, the roll out of the vaccine appears to now be paramount in reducing the spread of COVID-19.   Although the first to receive the…

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Expansion of Job Support Scheme

By Georgina Kyriacou

Rishi Sunak has announced the expansion of the Job Support Scheme which is set to commence on the 1 November 2020. The government has agreed to pay 67% of the…

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Chancellor announces ‘Job Support Scheme’

By Georgina Kyriacou

· Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out plans for the new Job Support Scheme which is due to commence on 1st November 2020. · The scheme will replace the furlough…

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Changes to the eviction ban

By Dee Puckering

· The temporary ban on evicting tenants has been extended by the Government until 20 September 2020. · Further, the Government has amended the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020.…

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Reminder of temporary changes to late Capital Gains Tax filing penalties and SDLT holiday

By Harry Pattihis

CGT · On 6 April 2020, the deadlines for reporting and paying Capital Gains Tax for the disposal of UK residential property changed. · HMRC announced that between 6 April…

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Help to Buy deadlines extended

By Sophie Maryan

· The government announced extra measures on 31 July 2020, in order to protect existing customers using the Help to Buy government scheme. · The deadlines for homebuyers will be…

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Jenrick announces reform to England planning system

By Gemma Sullivan

· On 21st July 2020 the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the creation of a new fast track approval process which will allow homeowners to add up to two additional…

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Government proposes reform of the Use Class Order

By Daniel Glinert

· The government has announced changes to Town Centre Use Classes, which will provide more flexibility for changes in uses without the need for planning permission as high streets and…

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Law Commission recommendations to transform future of home ownership

By Alicia Pattihis

• On the 21st July 2020, the Law Commission of England and Wales published recommendations for transforming home ownership in England and Wales. • These reforms could help the owners…

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirms immediate stamp duty land tax cut

By Alicia Pattihis

· Rishi Sunak has announced that people purchasing properties of up to £500,000 will not pay Stamp Duty Land Tax changes in order to encourage homeowners to move and to…

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Rishi Sunak’s ‘mini budget’

By Georgina Kyriacou

· The chancellors announcement on the 8 July provided a series of incentives and schemes to further help struggling companies and to support the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19. ·…

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Rishi Sunak expected to announce stamp duty holiday

By Sophie Maryan

· Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce a six month stamp duty holiday on Wednesday. · Sunak’s rumoured proposal will exempt many homebuyers from paying Stamp Duty Land Tax…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Andrew Fishman

The health, wellbeing and safety of our colleagues, their families and our clients will always be our top priority. We continue to focus on measures to keep our staff safe…

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Publicity and consultation requirements to be eased to help planning system operate during COVID-19

By Gemma Sullivan

On 13 May the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (“MHCLG”) announced a series of measures to support house building during the COVID-19 pandemic, including flexible working hours to…

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The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

By Georgina Kyriacou

· The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill is said to be the ‘biggest change to the UK’s insolvency and restructuring framework for almost twenty years. · In line with this,…

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TENANT FEES ACT 2019 TRANSITION PERIOD HAS NOW ENDED

By Dee Puckering

· The Tenant Fees Act bans letting agents from charging letting fees and caps tenancy deposits paid by tenants in the private rented sector in England. · This ban on…

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Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

By Alicia Pattihis

· New electrical safety regulations came into force on the 1 June 2020 that will require landlords to have their properties’ electrical installations inspected and tested by qualified and competent…

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First details of how businesses will share cost of furloughed workers announced.

By Georgina Kyriacou

• Rishi Sunak has announced updated details of the furlough scheme, including how employers will share the cost of the wages of furloughed workers with the government. • From July,…

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Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill introduced to help businesses during pandemic

By Georgina Kyriacou

• The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced the introduction of the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill on Wednesday 20 May. Under the Bill: • Temporary…

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UK furlough scheme extended by four months

By Georgina Kyriacou

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the UK Job Retention Scheme will be extended to October, an extra four months. Employers will therefore continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages,…

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme details released

By Georgina Kyriacou

· HMRC have now updated their guidance on the SEISS scheme. · Under the scheme, if you are eligible, a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits…

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Help To Buy Scheme Extension

By Alicia Pattihis

The Government has recently confirmed it will extend its Help to Buy equity loan scheme from 2021 to 2023. The extension however will be limited to first-time buyers buying new-build properties. We act for a number…

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Housing Secretary announces government plan to re-start housing market

By Alicia Pattihis

·  The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that from 13th May anyone in England can move home, providing they follow new guidance. · More than 450,000 people have had…

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COVID-19 – IMPACT FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

By Katie Froude

Alok Sharma has announced that the government is setting out measures in order to protect High Street shops and companies who are suffering, due to coronavirus, and are under strain…

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