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Renting to students: Tips for landlords

Renting to students: Tips for landlords

Many landlords renting to students will be getting their accommodation ready in preparation for the University students who are about to descend upon Southampton. Most likely the AST agreements will have been signed already and the deposits for this coming year paid. Tips for landlords renting to students What else aside from ensuring the property… Read more »

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Cancelled business show due to Coronavirus: How do exhibitors and sponsors get a refund?

Cancelled business show due to Coronavirus: How do exhibitors and sponsors get a refund?

If you paid to exhibit at, or sponsor a cancelled business show, where do you stand legally? The Coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation or postponement of many, many events worldwide including business shows and expos. It is currently unknown exactly when such events will be able to resume safely. UK examples include; the… Read more »

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Coronavirus : What are the options for commercial tenants struggling to pay rent?

Coronavirus : What are the options for commercial tenants struggling to pay rent?

There are a number of options available to commercial tenants struggling to pay their rent but possibly the first step to take should be to secure such funding as is being made available by the government including the furlough scheme and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses. There are also… Read more »

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Force majeure – a guide for businesses

Force majeure – a guide for businesses

In this guide for businesses, we explain what a force majeure is, whether the Coronavirus pandemic is a force majeure event, what a suitable clause looks like in a document and how to give notice to a contracting party. With the country now in lockdown for the foreseeable future, more and more businesses grapple with… Read more »

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Illegal eviction – The landlord has changed the locks to my home. What can I do?

Illegal eviction – The landlord has changed the locks to my home. What can I do?

It is illegal for landlords to change the locks and evict tenants from rented accommodation without a court order which bailiffs usually enforce. The main exceptions to this rule are that an order is not required to evict occupiers: of emergency accommodation; who are lodgers who live with their landlord; of holiday accommodation; who do not… Read more »

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New ways of working and team morale during remote working

New ways of working and team morale during remote working

Remote working – Casting an eye back to 2019, before the coronavirus outbreak, less than 30% of the working population reported that they worked from home. Now, almost overnight, businesses all over the UK were propelled into the new norm of remote working. For Paris Smith, various existing support systems proved invaluable to the teams… Read more »

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3 top tips to surviving your first seat as a trainee solicitor

3 top tips to surviving your first seat as a trainee solicitor

Trainee solicitor, Lucy, shares her 3 top tips on how to survive (and hopefully thrive) throughout the first seat as a trainee solicitor. First day as a trainee solicitor After receiving my training contract offer over two years beforehand, the big ‘First Day’ seemed daunting to say the least; I suppose primarily from the fear… Read more »

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Notifying a contracting party of a force majeure event

Notifying a contracting party of a force majeure event

Notifying a contracting party of a force majeure event must be done in writing. This blog contains information on how to make the force majeure clause in business/commercial contracts effective and how to notify a contracting party of a force majeure event. How to notify a contracting party  The issue of force majeure clauses in… Read more »

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Guidance on signing a Statement of Truth

Guidance on signing a Statement of Truth

(co-written by Rachel Reynolds, Solicitor, Shaun Piesley, Trainee Solicitor and Nicola Davies, Associate) From the 6 April 2020 there will be important changes to the Civil Procedure Rules (‘’CPR’’) when it comes to signing a Statement of Truth. This article highlights these recent changes and discusses practical tips that should be considered before signing a… Read more »

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An overview of the new ‘breathing space’ regulations

An overview of the new ‘breathing space’ regulations

Breathe in – wait 60 days – and out   Breathing space regulations Following a long running consultation on personal debt issues in the United Kingdom – notwithstanding something called Brexit slowing everything else down significantly – the Government has finally taken steps to implement a new scheme to assist “millions of people with problem… Read more »

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Can an email create a legally binding contract?

Can an email create a legally binding contract?

(Co-written by Sophie Dipper, Trainee Solicitor and Emily Sadler, Associate) Exchanges of emails can create a legally binding contract Emails offer a quick and easy way to communicate and are used almost universally by all types of businesses. Yet care does need to be taken to prevent an informal exchange of emails amounting to the… Read more »

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Risk management in 2020: avoid potential problems when dating documents

Risk management in 2020: avoid potential problems when dating documents

What is the risk and solution when dating documents in 2020? 2020 sees the start of a new decade. For businesses of any size, the year also brings with it a potential risk management issue. During 2020 there is a risk when dating your documents for which there is a simple solution. When dating documents… Read more »

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Do your business contracts protect you from the risk of expensive court action?

Do your business contracts protect you from the risk of expensive court action?

Are the dispute resolution clauses in your commercial and business contracts delivering the outcome you want? Are they effective and binding? A valuable guide has recently been provided by the High Court on this subject to help those who are responsible for drafting and negotiating business contracts. Agreements in the course of business and commerce… Read more »

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Are boardroom communications about litigation private?

Are boardroom communications about litigation private?

There is a concept in the law called “litigation privilege”. This allows parties to investigate disputes without the risk of the other party being able to see the communications. It covers documents including electronic communications (like email and voicemail) and traditional communications like Board Minutes and handwritten notes. It covers documents which have been produced… Read more »

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Dispute Resolution – Is your solicitor playing to win?

Dispute Resolution – Is your solicitor playing to win?

This blog is intended to give you some ideas of strategies your lawyer may not have thought of to help you win your case. You have a problem. You need a solution. So you make an appointment with your usual solicitor in the local town. They talk you through the court process. It all sounds… Read more »

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How do you settle commercial disputes without going to court?

How do you settle commercial disputes without going to court?

Mediation can hold the key What is mediation and how does it apply to commercial disputes? Mediation is a forum for settlement of disputes in which an entirely independent specially trained third party (the mediator) meets the parties who are in dispute to help them negotiate a settlement of their dispute. Other common forums for… Read more »

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The truth about CVAs and insolvent tenants

The truth about CVAs and insolvent tenants

Whether mentioned in the same breath as House of Fraser or – more recently – Arcadia Group or Debenhams, company voluntary arrangements seem to energise the British business press more than any other insolvency procedure, with the possible exception of pre-pack administration sales. On the relatively few occasions when formal CVA proposals are actually put… Read more »

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Why aren’t we mediating more employment disputes?

Why aren’t we mediating more employment disputes?

Employment disputes are rarely settled by mediation. I think employment lawyers need to consider mediation as a useful option for resolving cases in the employment tribunal. I had a meeting recently with an employment solicitor at another firm in the region. She had qualified recently as a mediator and we talked about employment mediations and… Read more »

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