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Returning to work from furlough: legal issues for employers to consider

There will be a willingness, a necessity perhaps, to rush all of your staff back to work as soon as the Government permits. Careful planning can mean that you make this work, but sometimes a more... Read full article

Returning to work from furlough – what practicalities should employers consider?

The UK unemployment figure exceeded two million in April; the highest level on record. Almost daily, major businesses are filing for administration in what seems like unparalleled numbers. The UK... Read full article

Inheritance Disputes: what is proprietary estoppel and when might it affect you?

A recent case has illustrated the potential to bring a successful claim again an estate where a person is promised a share of an estate during the testator’s lifetime but no provision has been made... Read full article

Bringing a claim against an estate under the 1975 Inheritance Act

If you are concerned that someone close to you has died without making adequate provision for you in their will, or if they have died without making a will and no provision is made for you under the... Read full article

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

FOS award limits increased to £355,000 from 1 April 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed an annual increase to the award limits of the Financial Ombudsman Service. The Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS”) is a free service which... Read full article

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

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

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
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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.

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