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Sophie Lamont
The Law Society of England and Wales has warned that the employment tribunal system needs increased resources to assist in clearing the backlog of employment tribunal claims ahead of the anticipated surge of claims as a result of Covid-19. Since employment tribunal fees were scrapped in 2017 there has been a significant increase in claims...
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The recent case of Shapton v Seviour illustrated that claimants seeking to bring claims against estates are not guaranteed to succeed, and where such claims do fail the consequences for the unsuccessful claimant can be significant. In the case of Shapton, the claimant was an adult child of the deceased, who later remarried and had...
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Whilst our business has been open throughout lockdown we are now able to open our offices to the general public from 9am on Monday 15th June with all social distancing and protective measures in place for our staff and clients. We can still offer remote and telephone appointments and our teams are working hard to...
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A national law firm has recently published data confirming their divorce enquiries have increased by 42 per cent since the commencements of the lockdown in comparison to the same period in 2019. It is anticipated that this surge in enquiries is as a result of the added pressure lockdown has placed upon many couples, especially...
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The recent Coronation Street storyline in relation to domestic abuse has raised awareness for types of abuse not widely recognised by most people. The majority of people will recognise physical abuse as a form of domestic violence. However, Coronation Street are now raising awareness for Coercive Control. This form of abuse is more mental than...
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It has been reported that major lenders such as Nationwide, Halifax, Virgin and Santander are now able to put resources into new lending and have made it easier to qualify for mortgage products. A number of lenders diverted their resources into dealing with the thousands of requests for mortgage payment holidays in order for families...
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We are very proud to announce that Megan Hamilton has successfully achieved her Children Panel Accreditation.  Megan works at our Newton Aycliffe Office and specialises in Care Proceedings, undertaking complex child protection cases.  This Law Society accreditation recognises her experience and specialism and now allows her to represent both parents and children in these Court...
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The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the Act) Section 81 – protection from eviction. Schedule 29 makes provision about notice periods in relation to possession proceedings in respect of certain residential tenancies etc. The Act states that the “relevant period” to which this section relates ends on 30 September 2020 however, this date may be extended.  The...
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The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the Act) Section 82 provides that a landlord of a business tenancy cannot exercise their right to re-enter or forfeit the lease for non-payment of rent until after 30 June 2020, although this date might be extended. Equally, no conduct on the landlord’s part during the relevant period will amount to...
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In this uncertain time, we at Hewitts are on hand to provide advice and guidance for businesses to navigate through this uncertain time. Ian Gibson, Partner and head of the Commercial Property team at Hewitts has set out below a brief overview of the effect of Section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. In short,...
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