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Virtual mediation – the ‘new normal’?

For a long time now, parties to a dispute have been actively encouraged to resolve their differences out of court. Indeed, the ancient practice of talking to your opponent and settling a dispute over... Read full article

Shareholder and Partnership Agreements – what are they and when are they a good idea?

Shareholder and Partnership Agreements – what are they and when are they a good idea? (SPOILER: they’re always a good idea!) Shareholders Agreements A limited company is a separate legal entity... Read full article

Are you selling or restructuring your business?

It has become clear that the worldwide economy is closely interlinked with our own and, therefore, events taking place around the globe can cause ripples which cause our own economy significant... Read full article

Has your business suffered financial loss as a result of Covid-19?

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to spread, we are seeing some businesses incur significant financial losses. Furthermore, as the spread of the virus continues we observe that insurers do not... Read full article

Wards named as top firm for client service by Legal 500

Wards Solicitors has been named one of the top rated firms in the South West for its excellent client service. The Legal 500 Client Service Survey is the largest and most comprehensive survey of... 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

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

Can my employer force me to retire?

It’s no longer legal for an employer to make you retire at 65, or any other age, unless it can objectively prove there is a real business need for you to do so. However, as the recent case of an... Read full article
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Wards Solicitors continues to be operational during this time, including for new business and new clients.  To comply with government guidance, our eleven branches are closed to the public but our fee earner teams are working remotely, to ensure that we continue to provide excellent client service.

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