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COVID-19 and force majeure

Leah Vincent
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As the impact of COVID-19 is rising daily, attention is turning to force majeure clauses. Can these clauses be relied upon to excuse parties from performing their contractual obligations? What are force majeure clauses? Force majeure clauses are...

COVID-19 and the temporary suspension of wrongful trading

Jonathan Rathbone
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In recent news which should be welcomed by directors of businesses who are grappling with the impact of COVID-19, it was announced that there would be changes to the insolvency regime. This includes a temporary suspension of wrongful trading provisions for...

COVID-19: HOW WE CAN HELP YOU WITH WILLS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY

Claire Holland
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There are many things to think and worry about at the moment, but something which may be causing you particular concern is whether your Will is up to date, or how you can put a Will in place if you do not already have one. It is definitely not too late, and...

Advice for Separated Parents During Lockdown

Jennifer Allen
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We find ourselves in unprecedented times and the current public health crisis raises worries and concerns, not least from separated parents wondering how to manage the arrangements for their children at this time. The Government have clarified that the stay...

Rent reductions and suspensions: protect your position

Andrew Turner
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The COVID‑19 crisis has triggered a spate of urgent requests by tenants for rent suspensions.  Given the unprecedented nature of the current operating environment, pushing a tenant into insolvency and/or recovering possession of premises and...

From Furloughing to Redundancy to Home Working to Sick Pay

Kimberley Whalen-Blake
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A few weeks ago, the Coronavirus was barely on people’s radars and it seemed a world away from the state of play today. Every day we are faced with developments that are significantly impacting our day to day lives, and our businesses. This article is...

Opportunities for Landlords and Tenants in a time of crisis?

Paul Harris
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Very few people need to be reminded that the UK and the world are facing a challenge not seen in over 100 years with the threat of Covid-19. Governments are understandably treating this with a considerable degree of seriousness and are encouraging...

Coronavirus: cancellation or breach of contract

Jonathan Rathbone
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As the UK economy continues to suffer as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, people want to know what their contractual rights and liabilities are for goods and services which are delayed or cannot be provided as a result of the coronavirus. If suppliers...

Keeping families together: the benefits of a SPIP

Katie Buswell
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For divorcing and separating parents, the future can look scary and daunting. Our clients are having to go through a huge life changing event with often very little guidance and support on how to handle the range of emotions they are feeling; bereft, angry,...

Guarantees and indemnities - what's the difference?

Leah Vincent
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  What is a Guarantee? A guarantee is a contractual promise to ensure that a third party fulfils its obligations. A guarantee is a secondary obligation because it only becomes enforceable if there is a breach of obligation by that third party. ...

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