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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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April brings a new tax year and a host of Employment Law updates. From 6th April 2020, the calculation of holiday pay for people who work variable hours will change from an average of the preceding 12 weeks to the preceding 52 weeks or from the commencement of employment if that is shorter. A new...
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We understand that this is an uncertain time for everyone and would like to offer reassurance and clarity as to how Hewitts are operating during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. Her Majesty’s Government has acknowledged that legal practitioners are fundamental in keeping the justice system running during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis. Hewitts employs key...
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The courts and tribunals service has issued advice to parents with children who are subject to a Child Arrangements Order (CAO) made by the Family Court. Government guidance states that despite current Stay at Homes rules in place in the UK, “where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between...
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We are living in an unprecedented time, guidance and legislation is being brought into action at rapid pace with significant restrictions and changes implemented to the way we all live and work. We at Hewitts have set out below simple and clear guidance as to the Government’s fresh guidance as to moving home whilst the Coronavirus...
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