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Category Archives: News

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

Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial and Employment Solicitor – discuss the impact of coronavirus on those who are self-employed

In light of the recent regulations surrounding furlough for employers and employees, the government has also pledged to offer significant financial support to those self-employed in these unprecedented times. The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme Similarly to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, this is a temporary scheme which is anticipated to last up to 3 months... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss advises PFI Group on acquisition of Futurama

Davis Blank Furniss has advised Manchester-based PFI Group on its acquisition of Futurama Group in Leeds. The value of the deal has not been disclosed. The history of Futurama Group stretches back to 1880, with the opening of a signwriting shop in the East End of London. The business passed through generations of the Roberts... Read the rest of this entry →

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Brigid O’Malley – Solicitor in our Family team – shares an update on the advice around how Coronavirus may affect the arrangements for children and separated parents

Following on from the article in which I summarised how the Government’s latest Coronavirus advice impacts the arrangements for children of separated parents, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary have also issued supplementary advice that may help parents facing difficult decisions about their children in light of the Coronavirus and the Government’s advice on social distancing.... Read the rest of this entry →

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Karen Yates – Head of the Private Client team – summarises the key facts about making a Will during the current crisis

  Over the last couple of weeks as concern around COVID-19 has grown and we are now in lockdown, thoughts have turned to making a Will or updating an existing Will with many people asking: “is it too late?”. Wills are something that we all know are important and most of us have it in... Read the rest of this entry →

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With the new financial year starting next week, Lewis Thompson – Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the changes to the Wills and the Inheritance Tax rules

  From the 6th April 2020, the Residential Nil Rate Band is set to increase to £175,000. Combined with the standard Nil Rate Band of £325,000 available upon death this will mean that an estate will have a potential of £500,000 inheritance tax free on the death of an individual. What is the Residential Nil Rate... Read the rest of this entry →

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Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Private Client Solicitor – A reminder of the importance of making a Lasting Power of Attorney

  You hope you never need it, but you will be relieved in the event that you do. It is in uncertain times such as these that we are reminded just how important having a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is. An LPA is a legal document that allows you to appoint a person, known... Read the rest of this entry →

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Gregory Carr – Property Solicitor – answers: What can I do if I cannot pay rent under a commercial lease during the coronavirus pandemic?

  Following the Government’s introduction of stricter social distancing measures on 23rd March 2020, a number of businesses have closed their doors to safeguard their employees and members of the public. As finer details of the Government’s support package are beginning to emerge, this leaves businesses in a precarious position. Where a business doesn’t own... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family Law department – Collaborative Law Q&A

  What is Collaborative Law? Collaborative Law is way of resolving family matters without going to court. It provides individuals, who are currently experiencing a legal family issue, a chance to resolve their concerns without having to involve the often expensive process of going to court. In comparison to Mediation there are a few added... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss grows Private Client Team with new appointment

  We are delighted to have grown our Private Client team with the appointment of Ameliah McLaren‑Parker who joins us as a private client solicitor. Ameliah, who studied at Queen Mary, University of London, will be based out of our Manchester city centre office after she completed her training contract earlier this month. Ameliah’s new... Read the rest of this entry →

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Andrew Ryan – Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution – discusses coronavirus and its impact on your contractual obligations

  In light of the current pandemic, many businesses will have concerns regarding whether they will be able to continue to perform their contractual obligations and the extent of their liability in the event that they are unable to do so. Force majeure In many commercial contracts, there will be a ‘force majeure’ clause. A... Read the rest of this entry →

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