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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, at Davis Blank Furniss – on the government’s proposed quarantine period for arrivals into the UK.

With the lock down measures making a positive impact on the spread of the Coronavirus the Home Secretary, Priti Patel has announced a two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK. It is envisaged that this will lower the risk of infection being reintroduced from other countries. There does seem to be some confusion,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the issues around mental health capacity and wills including the recent case of Clitheroe v Bond

A will is a legal document that is supposed to represent your final say on what should happen to your estate when you die; however, in some instances, as in the recent case of Clitheroe v Bond [2020] a will can be challenged and treated as though it never existed. The case of Clitheroe v... Read the rest of this entry →

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Amie Tsang – Senior Consultant, Immigration and Property, at Davis Blank Furniss – summarises the UK’s new points-based immigration system

In accordance with the UK government’s Brexit plans the following guidance has been issued by the Home office. From 1 January 2021, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to... Read the rest of this entry →

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Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department – on chasing debts and the importance of credit control during the COVID-19 crisis

It is important for all business of any size to have an effective credit control procedure in place to ensure that they are paid for the work that they carry out for customers. Given the current coronavirus pandemic, many businesses are experiencing problems with cash flow. As such, it is more important than ever to... Read the rest of this entry →

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Lauren Sever, Trainee Corporate and Commercial Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss

Lauren Sever, Corporate, Commercial & Employment Solicitor, discusses Mental Health Awareness Week and home-working

Following the recent announcement from the government regarding the country’s roadmap to recovery from the Covid19 pandemic; employers are being urged to continue to allow their employees to work from home if and where at all possible. At least for the next few weeks, working from home therefore remains the reality for most businesses and... Read the rest of this entry →

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Andrew Ryan, Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution department: Do the exclusion & limitation clauses in T&Cs work?

Terms and conditions often include clauses which seek to limit or exclude a party’s liability under the contract. In this piece, I consider the types of exclusion clauses (sometimes referred to as limitation of liability clauses, limitation clauses, exclusion of liability clauses or exemption clauses) and the court’s approach to such clauses. There are a... Read the rest of this entry →

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Jennifer Smith, Property Associate Solicitor at DBF Law

Jennifer Smith – Partner in the Property team at Davis Blank Furniss – reacts to the news that the restrictions around the housing market are easing

The news that visiting estates agents, viewing property and proceeding with house sales and purchases are now permitted under the easing of coronavirus lockdown conditions in England is an incredibly welcome development. From Wednesday 13th May, the following are permitted as long as the government’s social distancing rules are adhered to and no-one involved is... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – on the furlough scheme extension

The news that the UK Government has decided to pay wages of workers on furlough leave as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic for an extended period – initially to the end of July and then continued in a watered down form to October is, in my view, a positive and welcomed step and... Read the rest of this entry →

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Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses the impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on property litigation practitioners

In the Coronavirus Act 2020, there are some measures which impact property litigation practioners – particularly those that restrict the recovery of possession of both commercial and residential premises in England and Wales. The key points are: Amends to the Rent Act 1977, Protection from Eviction Act 1977, Housing Act 1985, Housing Act 1988 (HA... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment at Davis Blank Furniss – summarises the changes to the Self Employed Income Support Scheme

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Self Employed Income Support Scheme) Direction received royal assent on 30 April 2020 and HMRC have confirmed that the online service will be available for self-employed individuals to claim from 13 May. The Direction specifically states that an individual can only claim if their business has been adversely affected by the... Read the rest of this entry →

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