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Winding-Up Petitions & Statutory Demands effective from 1 October 2021

Is your bad debtor list shielded by these updated restrictions? The Government has recently announced that restrictions on Statutory Demands and Winding-up Petitions under the Corporate Insolvency... Read full article

Commercial eviction ban extended to March 2022

The ban on commercial evictions due to end this month has been extended again until 25 March 2022, to the dismay of many commercial landlords. Whilst an extension of the current moratorium has been... Read full article

Should employers allow pets in the office?

Many employees are working from home at the moment, alongside their pets.  Being around animals has long been declared as a way to lower people’s anxiety and stress and there have been muted calls... Read full article

SIPP Mis-selling – Holding the SIPP provider accountable for failed investments

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal could be a lifeline for the many investors who have lost money as a result of bad advice from unregulated firms. Lorry driver Russell Adams was left out of... Read full article

Commercial Property: Should you get draft Heads of Terms checked by a specialist lawyer?

When a commercial property deal is agreed, the parties concerned generally draw up a document called Heads of Terms, a summary of its main commercial points. Taking specialist legal advice when this... Read full article

Common mistakes with increasing share capital and changing share rights

Have you sought to either increase your share capital (same class of share or additional class of share) or change the share rights of existing shares since your company has been incorporated? If so... Read full article

Commercial property – the complicated world of vacant possession break clauses

How to comply with the strict conditions required to serve a valid break clause notice for vacant possession has long been a deceptively complex area of commercial property law. The term ‘vacant... Read full article

The rise of turnover rents – what commercial property landlords need to know

Although turnover rents have been around for some time, the effect of Covid-19 on the retail commercial property market means they are becoming increasingly common. With more people than ever before... Read full article

Can employers insist on C-19 vaccinations for staff returning to work?

Can employees be prevented from attending work, or restricted in their duties, until they provide proof of vaccination and, if so, what are they entitled to be paid? This article first appeared in... Read full article

Understanding Directors’ Duties

The Companies Act 2006 imposes certain general duties on a director of a UK limited company. Here is an overview of these fundamental duties. Directors are appointed to be in charge of managing or... Read full article

Employer’s guide – how do I get my essential workers tested for Covid-19?

If a member of your staff, who is deemed an essential worker, is required to self-isolate in line with Covid-19 guidance, you should refer them for testing as soon as possible. Being able to... Read full article

How new legislation could give your business breathing space from insolvency

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA) brings in a number of new procedures and measures to help companies facing insolvency as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting... Read full article

Webinar: Business Update for SME’s

Tuesday 10 November 10-11am Book Now About this event: Avoiding common pitfalls for SMEs, and maximising Covid support and reliefs Speaker Marina Maclennan Head of Corporate Commercial at Wards... Read full article

Wards Solicitors’ quality reputation in resolving property disputes acknowledged

Four members of our specialist property disputes team have been awarded membership of the Property Litigation Association. Membership is given to lawyers who can demonstrate their success in... Read full article

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

Share Sale vs Asset Sale – what’s best for your business?

A share sale, as the name suggests, will result in the sale of a company (limited by shares) as a whole. All assets and liabilities following with the company to the new shareholders (owners). An... 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

A guide to the PSC Register for new and established companies

What is the PSC Register? Maintaining company records and ensuring these records are kept consistently up to date can be an arduous task and made more difficult when additional requirements are... 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

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
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