Property worries during Covid-19 lockdown

If you are a commercial landlord or tenant, what does the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean for you ?   BREAKING NEWS!! Matters are moving so quickly that since preparing this article on 31 March 2020, the following update needed to be added ! Working in retail, hospitality or leisure business? Two reliefs are available for businesses in these sectors: A holiday from business rates for the 2020-2021 tax year. Cash grants up to £25,000 may be given to businesses in…

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Moving house in lockdown

Buying and selling houses during lockdown: to move or not to move? We’ve seen a lot of articles and blogs on this topic and thought we’d offer a bit more detail. Covid-19 and the current lockdown situation has of course caused concern for everyone, but what if you are due to move house? What are the implications of the lockdown: should you exchange contracts if you haven’t yet, what happens if you have exchanged but don’t want to move during…

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Contracts and Covid-19

Contracts and Covid-19: What does it mean? Are contracts still binding under lockdown ? The ongoing epidemic has posed significant risks to businesses with disruptions in supply chains, cancellations of events and the closure of many services, but what does this mean for contracts that are in place? Is there a “get out of jail free card” to avoid obligations? Under English law contracts are, in principle, absolute. In general terms, any failure to perform an obligation under a contract…

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Am I meant to be here?: Imposter Syndrome and How to Deal with It

2020 has been one of the toughest years for people in all industries. The global pandemic has not only impacted those in the working world, but especially fresh graduates who are striving to up-skill during multiple lockdowns to prove that they are ‘worthy’ of an employer’s approval. More often than not, we see ‘entry-level’ jobs being posted on LinkedIn by recruiters or job search websites that have contradicting pre-requisites. These job postings made little to no sense to me. How…

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Routes Into Law – Episode 3: Suzan Petrosian

Law - In this third episode of Routes Into Law, I met with Suzan Petrosian  Suzan is a Trainee Solicitor at Whitehead Monckton and is currently in the first seat of her training contract. Suzan and I met when we both worked as secretaries at Whitehead Monckton. Read on to learn more about her journey into law….. What is your current role? Trainee Solicitor. I’m currently halfway through my first seat in Corporate-Employment! What did you want to be…

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Settlement in a civil dispute

Settlement in civil disputes

Let's look at the benefits and things you should know about settlement in civil disputes. Introduction  Here at Tiger Law, we deal with a wide range of disputes in our civil litigation department. Settlement is a topic that always comes up, and understandably, our clients often think that accepting or even approaching settlement in civil disputes will make the other side think that they are admitting something. Here, we look at why this is not the case. The coward’s way…

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Can I divorce without a solicitor?

Can I divorce without a solicitor?

Many people wonder about whether or not they can divorce without a solicitor. So, do you need a solicitor for your divorce or can you do it yourself? The simple answer is that you don’t have to have a solicitor for your divorce.  It is perfectly possible to represent yourself if you choose, but it’s important to bear in mind that there are plenty of things that can crop up that might not be easy to deal with –…

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Child contact and domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: What the law can do

Where there is history of domestic abuse, the law in relation to contact with children could be quite surprising to some. The Children Act 1989 sets out that there is a presumption of parental involvement. It will be presumed, unless shown to the contrary, that involvement of some kind, either direct or indirect, from each parent will be beneficial for the child. Contact will only be permitted if it does not pose a risk to the child. The type of order that…

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Leasehold system

Leasehold system news: Is it all ‘Home Sweet Home’?

"leasehold system" is something you will likely have heard of ff you own your own home by way of a mortgage or outright. A leasehold agreement allows you to own your home but not the land it sits on. Instead, this land belongs to a freeholder. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that the leasehold system of property ownership is to be shaken up. Leasehold ground rents are to be banned, and leaseholders can extend their lease for up to 990…

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Landlords and Pets

Landlords and Pets: Understanding the implications

Towards the end of January 2021, the Government announced that landlords will no longer be able to place a blanket ban on tenants having pets at the property.  Housing Minister Hon Christopher Pincher MP announce a new Model Tenancy Agreement gives consent to tenants to have pets, and any objections by the landlord will have to be given in writing within 28 days and must provide good reason as to why pets must be banned.  Approximately 93% of rental properties…

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pensions on divorce

Pensions on Divorce

"Pensions on divorce" is about when marriages and civil partnerships break down, meaning that related financial and property matters must be dealt with. The financial remedy process ensures that the assets are distributed following divorce or dissolution. Usually the biggest asset of the marriage or civil partnership is the former family home. Quite often pensions come in at a close second. The Courts have extensive powers to deal with pensions by way of pension attachment orders or pension sharing orders. Pension attachment…

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Business Interruption

The Business Interruption Insurance Ruling

Last week saw the announcement from the Supreme Court of the results of an appeal by the Financial Conduct Authority and various insurance companies, to determine the effect of policy wordings on business interruption insurance. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of policyholders, meaning many will now have claims for losses due to Business Interruption, as a result of the virus, paid out where policies had the notifiable disease or pandemic clauses. The main issues that were resolved included: What sort of…

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Litigation Against Tenants

The rules of litigation against tenants has had a number of changes the last year which have made substantial changes to the ways in which residential and commercial landlords are able to remove a tenant from their property. • Residential proceedings At the end of August 2020, the Government introduced further changes restricting the termination for residential leases under the Coronavirus Act 2020. These restrictions are in place until 31 March 2021. Here are a brief outline in regards to various residential tenancies: •…

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