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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Legal Fundamentals to Starting a Business

Starting a new business can be a minefield! From coming up with a niche idea, getting funding, incorporating the business, attracting customers and hiring staff, there is a never ending list of things that need to be done. It’s no wonder they say an entrepreneur's day is 24 hours! As an entrepreneur, your business is your baby, you’ve grown and developed it and naturally want it to succeed long term. That’s why we have prepared a list of some essentials for…

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Freedom From Ground Rent Obligations

Future home buyers will be free from ground rent obligations from 30 June 2022, when the government’s ban on charging ground rent on leases comes into force. From 30 June 2022, ground rent will be banned on most new residential leases from 30 June 2022, which should put an end to the expensive and unregulated cost of ground rent that has been borne by homeowners for so long. This new legislation forms part of the governments reform package that will…

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – The importance of understanding your role.

An LPA is a legal document that enables an individual (known as a Donor) to appoint a trusted person or people (known as Attorneys) to manage their affairs and make decisions on their behalf in the event that they lose mental capacity.   There are two types of LPA:    A Property and Finance LPA; and    A Health and Welfare LPA.   If you are asked to be an attorney for someone, it is…

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5 Years of Tiger Law

Today we celebrate 5 wonderful years of Tiger Law! When Vanessa Challess founded Tiger Law in 2017 she sought to create a working environment that allowed her, as a new mother, to allow her professional life and home life to coincide in a healthy way. “Being a litigator and the last person anyone ever wanted to talk to meant I knew exactly how much and why the profession is disliked. I wanted to make accessing legal services much more human…

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Estate Planning

What is estate planning and why is it important   Many people will think planning what happens to your estate when you die is the extent of ‘estate planning’, when in fact there are a host of tools that not only enables the family and any business you leave behind, to understand your wishes, but to implement them more easily and at less cost.     Making plans for your death during your lifetime is not a process many enjoy,…

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I have an online business – what do I need to know?  

One of the silver linings to emerge during the Covid-19 pandemic is a huge surge in the e-commerce activities with many people reassessing their work/life balance, a widespread acceptance of working from home or even finding themselves unexpectedly unemployed.    As a result, we have been working closely with a number of businesses and website designers to help online businesses achieve compliance in this area either by preparing fresh policies from scratch or updating their existing policies.  We like to…

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Leasehold Reform Bill: clause for existing properties rejected by MPs.

Leasehold Reform Bill: clause for existing properties rejected by MPs. It is a real shame that the leasehold reform bill is not taking into consideration those ‘homeowners’ who are currently trapped in a system that allows uncapped ground rent to be charged by freeholders on homes which they are supposed to ‘own’. The existence of the bill suggests that there is an issue, and it is only purporting to fix half the problem. Could it be that the British government…

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Land Registry Fee Increase

HM Land Registry fees for first registration and the registration of transfers, leases, mortgages of property will increase. This will affect both scale 1 and scale 2 fees.   For all electronic applications, the fee will be increased by 11% - most applications are done this way. As it saves time and money for both clients and conveyancers.   For applications done by post, the fee will be increased by 21%.   These changes are coming into force on 31st January 2022.   It is imperative that all…

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The Section 26 Notice and what this means for commercial landlords and tenants

Here we look at the tenant’s section 26 request for a new lease. Before reading on, it is worth checking to make sure that your lease is not excluded from this applying, and that your lease is a tenancy as defined by the 1954 Act (the “Act”). Landlords often exclude leases so that tenants don’t have as much protection. We’ll look at tenancies a little later.   The Section 26 request As long as the tenancy does not exclude the Act, is not…

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How firms can better support neurodiverse employees in the workplace and during recruitment processes

Neurodivergent lawyers have a number of unique strengths, abilities and perspectives that can benefit any employer and workplace. Attention to detail, hyper focus, problem solving, creativity, spontaneity, determination, high-work ethic and identifying where the employer can autonomise or make services more efficient are just some of the abilities that can add a great deal of value to a firm. It, therefore, makes sense that firms would want to employ neurodivergent talent at all levels and benefit from these unique abilities.…

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