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Getting ahead of the game – ensuring employment contracts are compliant

Stephanie Clark

27.05.2020

The current lockdown is undoubtedly a strange time for us all. However, it does offer an opportunity to pick up tasks that may otherwise have been pushed to the bottom of our to-do list. For many businesses, now is the time for planning for the future and taking whatever measures they can to ensure their […]

Employment

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Arkin v Marshall – The effect of Practice Direction 51Z on possession proceedings

Ashley Moughtin

27.05.2020

On 26 March 2020 Practice Direction 51Z (PD 51Z) came into force in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19). The effect of PD 51Z was to place a stay on all existing and newly issued possession claims until 25 June 2020. This has clearly had a big impact on Landlords and Mortgagees who are seeking […]

Financial services litigation

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What is Occupiers’ Liability and how can you protect yourself against it?

Trevor Sterling

22.05.2020

If a visitor on your land or premises falls or injures themselves, what occupiers’ liability might you have? There are two acts you need to be aware of, Occupiers Liability Act 1957 and Occupiers Liability Act 1984 (“the Acts”). These Acts impose a duty of care on occupiers to both lawful visitors and trespassers respectively. […]

Major trauma | Rural

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The Agriculture Bill

Anita Symington

22.05.2020

At the time of writing this article (the end of February), the Agriculture Bill is wending its way through the Parliamentary process and is expected to receive Royal Assent in June or July 2020. There are few surprises in the Bill which constitutes enabling legislation and which will be followed, in due course, by the […]

Rural

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Lifetime farm valuations; ‘hope’ value and the importance of getting it right

Charlotte Brackley

22.05.2020

Lifetime valuations can be a useful strategic tool for landowners. A forthcoming succession, pre-death tax planning when creating a Will, the anticipated sale or development of land, changes in tax reliefs and when considering using land for secured borrowing are all potential triggers for requiring a lifetime valuation. In the context of succession, a valuation […]

Rural

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No probate? No problem! New High Court decision relating to the rectification of a company’s register of members

Cherie Lawson

22.05.2020

What do you do if a company’s sole member and director dies leaving the company unable to function without them, and you’re the executor of the will? A recent case (Williams v Russell Price Farms Service 2020) relates to the deceased director and shareholder of a company whose executors applied for a court order under […]

Corporate

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Caring for farmers with dementia

Mea North

21.05.2020

It is generally accepted that the health and social care sector is facing some of its greatest challenges to date. People are living longer; there has been an increase in the number of people suffering from diseases such as dementia; and there is a general lack of funding for community services. The impact on society […]

Community care | Rural

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Can I renovate my tired residential leasehold property?

Gemma Richards

21.05.2020

With the rising costs of moving, many opt to stay and renovate rather than sell.  There is however, a common misconception that if you own a leasehold property you have the right to install a new kitchen or knock down a wall to improve living space without anyone’s permission. Unfortunately that is not always the […]

Dispute resolution | Disputes | Residential property

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UK Points-Based Immigration System policy update

Hesham Shoeb

21.05.2020

On 19 February, the Government published the first details about its proposed new Immigration system planned to be operational on 1 January 2021. The Government’s new system is designed to attract “highly skilled workers”, rather than the low skilled workers. Under the new system, employers will have to hold a ‘sponsor licence’ to employ all […]

Immigration | Rural

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Seasonal worker scheme multiplies by four

Katherine Maxwell

21.05.2020

Following concerns over a lack of migrant labour as a consequence of Brexit, the Government is significantly expanding its Seasonal Workers Pilot, which was first announced in 2018, in order to boost the UK horticulture sector for the 2020 harvest. The scheme, which permits agricultural businesses to take on seasonal migrant workers from outside the […]

Employment | Rural

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What to consider when selling your home in the “the new normal”

Sara Abou-Jaoude

20.05.2020

The Government’s amendments to the COVID-19 Regulations on moving home will have come as a relief to those who have seen their sales and purchases stall since the beginning of the lockdown, as well as those in the property industry.  Public Health England is keen to emphasise that these changes do not represent a return […]

Residential property

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Exchange of contracts within 48 hours

Richard Hughes

20.05.2020

Buying a house is often one of the largest investments that we make, making it one of life’s most significant decisions. Given the importance of buying the right property, the process is regularly fraught with stress and pressure, and often over a period of months. It is, however, possible to limit the length of time […]

Real estate | Rural


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