Can I renovate my tired residential leasehold property?

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 […]

Debt recovery during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown since 23 March 2020 has raised unprecedented challenges to businesses across the UK. Some companies continue to operate with employees working from home, but others may have ceased to operate all together. One common issue for all companies during this challenging time is the management of cash flow. Collecting […]

Coronavirus and insolvency: what is insolvency and what steps can be taken to avoid it?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a major impact on businesses in all sectors around the UK. It has had a particular effect on hospitality, property, retail and leisure sectors. Below is a short guide to understanding insolvency, and the steps that can be taken to assess whether a company, or individual, might be facing insolvency in […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Force Majeure and avoiding contractual uncertainty

This article examines the ongoing coronavirus public health crisis and its impact on contracts, the ability to terminate or cancel contractual obligations and refers to a recent case study. In general terms “Force Majeure” (FM) is a legal concept defined under a contract relating to the occurrence of events outside the control of the parties. […]

The corporate veil: an overview and update from recent cases

A key feature of a limited company under English law is that it exists as a separate legal entity. As such, the company itself assumes responsibility for its own debts and liabilities, rather than the directors and shareholders. However, there are specific circumstances in which directors and shareholders of a limited company can be found […]

What is Mediation Advocacy?

Most parties to a mediation will benefit from having formal representation to assist and advise them throughout the process and present their case. Mediation advocacy is the skilled technique of presenting and arguing a client’s position, needs and interests in a non-adversarial way. The role of the advocate Mediation advocacy is more than simply arguing a client’s […]

What is Commercial Mediation?

Commercial mediation is a flexible, voluntary and confidential form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party assists parties to work towards a negotiated settlement of their dispute. The parties retain control of the decision whether or not to settle and on what terms. Unlike a judge or arbitrator, the mediator will not decide the case […]