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Covid-19 Legal Update Hub

Working from home: what are my obligations as an employer?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, the number of people working exclusively from home is inevitably rising. With different areas of the country going in and out of... Read full article

What is the new Job Support Scheme, and how does it work?

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, will be replaced from 1 November 2020 by the Job Support Scheme. The new Scheme is designed to protect jobs... Read full article

Thinking about a post-lockdown divorce? You’re not alone

The number of couples considering divorce has increased since the Covid-19 lockdown, according to statistics from several different sources. Spending an increased amount of time together is great... Read full article

What residential landlords need to know about the resumption of possession hearings

Important update The evictions ban is now officially over and the courts are dealing with housing possession cases once again. The move is welcome news for beleaguered landlords. Many have been under... Read full article

Webinar: Video Wills – how do they work?

BOOK YOUR PLACE  Join BRACE & Wards Solicitors to find out about the new option of video Wills. Thurs 15 October 2020 14:00 – 15:00  Free to attend About this event Due to Covid-19, the... Read full article

Why your business interruption insurance could now pay out – good news from the High Court

Some businesses, previously told their insurance did not cover them for a pandemic, should have been paid for losses caused by lockdown, the High Court has ruled. It is welcome news for thousands of... Read full article

We are unmarried but our relationship has broken down…..what are my next steps?

During these difficult times, relationships are under even more pressure than usual.  We often see a rise in enquiries following the Christmas period when families have spent a great deal of time... Read full article

Top tips: What you need to know before you sign a settlement agreement

Losing your job often goes hand in hand with being asked to sign a settlement agreement – a legally binding document recording your confirmation you won’t pursue a claim against your employer in... Read full article

What do the complex new possession rules for residential landlords mean?

Landlords seeking to repossess a property are now required to provide information about how their tenant’s position has been affected by Covid-19 in their claim. If they don’t, judges have the... Read full article

Witnessing Will signatures via video temporarily legalised

New rules making it legal for Wills to be witnessed remotely, via video link, will come into force in September in England and Wales. The change to the law, which will be backdated to 31 January... Read full article

Covid-19 related commercial disputes – look at mediation first, say judges

When settling a commercial dispute, the importance of at least trying mediation has been highlighted by three recent cases in which the judge took a dim view of the defendants’ failure to do so. It... Read full article

Wills and LPA – Covid-19 Guidance

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues, we have understandably seen an increase in enquiries from people worried about making their wills and powers of attorney.  Making a will is one... Read full article

Turned down for a business interruption insurance pay-out? Your claim could still be successful

Businesses forced to close under lockdown rules, only to be told their business interruption insurance doesn’t cover them for a pandemic, should keep a close eye on an important test case. Next... Read full article

Webinar: Back to Business After Covid-19

Avoiding Redundancies and Managing Cash Flow Thursday 6 August 10-11am Book Now About this event: Joe Nicholls, Head of the Employment team at Wards Solicitors, says: “Making people redundant... Read full article

Breaches of Repair Covenants in Commercial Leases and Forfeiture

Update: Coronavirus Act 2020 Please be aware that the Coronavirus Act 2020 might affect a landlord’s right to proceed with forfeiture during the pandemic. At time of writing there is a moratorium... Read full article

Furlough Scheme and termination

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is winding down. Many employees are facing the increased likelihood that their employment may be terminated in the near future. For those employees who have been... Read full article

Good news for residential landlords – possession hearings to re-start in August

To the relief of many landlords, the government has announced it will not extend the ongoing evictions ban after 23 August with court possession hearings to re-start the day after. This means that... Read full article

Furlough Scheme update – what employers need to know

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, has been updated several times since it was first announced on 20 March 2020. The latest changes came into... Read full article

Has your wedding been postponed due to Covid-19?

2020 will be a year to remember for a number of reasons. For many, it will be the disappointment of delaying the date, postponing the party and waylaying the wedding until 2021. Why not use this time... Read full article

New Code of Practice for commercial landlords and tenants

The government has published their long awaited Code of Practice governing relationships between commercial landlords and tenants during the current pandemic. The ability of tenants to pay rent has... Read full article
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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

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