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Covid-19 Legal Update Hub

Wards Solicitors welcomes reopening of the property market

The property market in England is set to reopen following the Government’s announcement that lockdown rules for estate agents, home buyers and sellers are being lifted. From today (Wednesday 13... Read full article

Administering an estate during the COVID-19 crisis

Suffering a bereavement is incredibly difficult at the best of times, but having to also deal with the administration of that person’s estate can be extremely daunting, especially during the... Read full article

Coronavirus: the Government has no immediate plans to reform strict Will signing formalities

The coronavirus outbreak has focused the minds of many with regard to ensuring their affairs are in order. Making a Will is one way to ensure your wishes are properly recorded and that your loved... Read full article

Will the Court of Protection deal with my case during Covid-19?

Will the Court of Protection deal with my case during Covid-19? The Court of Protection has jurisdiction over the property, financial affairs and personal welfare of people who lack mental capacity... Read full article

Are you a commercial tenant?

Frustration As a commercial tenant, you might be entitled to terminate your lease on the basis of frustration due to the current pandemic. In particular this concerns businesses that have been... Read full article

Are you a residential tenant?

As a tenant of private accommodation, you might be entitled to terminate your tenancy on the basis of frustration or suspend payment of rent, due to the current pandemic. Prior to getting in touch... Read full article

Mental capacity and Covid-19

What happens when a patient who lacks capacity has coronavirus and decisions need to be made? It is important to point out that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 was not amended by the recent emergency... Read full article

An employer guide to Furlough – what do we now know?

The Government has introduced guidance in an attempt to manage levels of unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic. This guidance, known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (aka Furlough... Read full article

Limits to Landlord’s Powers to Evict Business Tenants

The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020 and has increased the protection available to business tenants during the corona crisis. These will apply to tenants of commercial premises... Read full article

Lockdown and invalid Wills

One of the most common issues clients ask us to look at, when someone has died, is whether a Will affecting them is actually valid. Far and away the most common challenge is that the person who made... Read full article

CORONAVIRUS LEGAL EMPLOYMENT ADVICE

Has your employment been affected by the coronavirus? Or are you a small business with questions about your employees? Our specialist Employment lawyers are offering a free 15-minute telephone... 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

Coronavirus: advice for UK landlords in relation to residential tenancies

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has amended section 8 and section 21 notices under the Housing Act 1988 in that the relevant statutory notice to be given to the tenants prior to issuing possession... Read full article

Running a business during Covid-19: your responsibilities as a Director

As a director of a company, you have probably spent the last month or so trying to keep pace with the ever changing world and the even more changeable guidance on working practices relating to... Read full article

Contracts and Coronavirus – force majeure and frustration

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to spread, we are seeing some clients express concern that they may not be able to perform their obligations under contracts with customers. Here, we look at how... Read full article

How does Covid-19 affect my building project?

We look at how the Covid-19 outbreak will affect ongoing building projects for homeowners where they have instructed a builder but there is no detailed contract in place. For smaller projects, it is... Read full article

Update on New Coronavirus Criminal Powers – Individuals

What are the new rules? Subject to further review, no person may leave their home without reasonable excuse. The exceptions have now been clarified as: To obtain basic necessities such as food,... Read full article

Coronavirus – what are your rights to time off and sick pay?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, the UK is beginning to see significant disruption to travel, public events and the economy. For employees, there are a number of important issues to... Read full article

Coronavirus – your obligations as an employer

With the UK facing continued uncertainty about how COVID-19 will spread, many employers face a difficult challenge in the event of wide spread infection or enforced restrictions on movement, travel... Read full article
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UPDATE August 2020

Wards Solicitors is open and our teams continue to work on existing cases and take on new business and clients.

From early August, we are pleased to announce that we will slowly be starting to re-open some of our branches to clients, but all appointments must be pre-booked.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited, and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

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