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Top tips for employers when recruiting

Employers are facing a challenging time at the moment…

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Taxing new residential developments: will it cure the cladding crisis?

In the Autumn Budget the Chancellor confirmed that…

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Does a divorce settlement survive a death?

English law (oddly perhaps) provides that marriage…

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New Code for Commercial Lockdown Rent Arrears

Whilst many businesses are now back to trading at…

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Government to introduce compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for all frontline health and social care workers

Following consultation, the government has now announced…

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Predatory Marriage

Last month The Guardian highlighted again the case…

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Giving reasons – help for adult claimants in 1975 Act claims

Adult children can face an uphill struggle when it…

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Forgery in Wills – Rainey v Weller

The Courts have long made it clear that they will…

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COVID-19 and RIDDOR - Guidance update

Since the start of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic…

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Letter Before Action or Statutory Demand? … That is the question!

When pursuing a debt, it’s not always clear whether…

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Are you being served? The importance of correspondence addresses at Companies House

Every person who is a director or secretary of a UK…

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The Forfeiture Act 1982 – applications to prevent a benefit

The recent conviction of 66 year-old Penelope Jackson…

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M&A and investments: do you need to obtain advance clearance from the Secretary of State?

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the…

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Claims for Provision by Adult Children

Over recent years the Courts have seen an increase…

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Widow recovers money from brother-in-law in Estate claim

The High Court has adjusted an inheritance to make…

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Can you leave your children out of your Will?

It is a long-established principle of English law…

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Court of Appeal rules on success fee in Estate claim

The Court of Appeal has in the last few days ruled…

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Share Buybacks: A Cautionary Tale

Share buybacks are a popular and effective way for…

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Testamentary Capacity and Delusional Beliefs

There has been some discussion in recent years about…

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COVID-19 medical exemptions from vaccination and NHS COVID Pass

On 1 October 2021, the Department of Health and Social…

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Insolvency: Changes to Temporary Measures on Winding Up - Greater Opportunity for Debt Collection

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA…

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Employee Ownership

In this article we consider employee ownership in…

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Brexit-proof your commercial contracts

From the Covid-19 pandemic to the Suez Canal blockage…

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Trade Mark Offences – new sentencing guidelines published

The Sentencing Council has published new guidelines…

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Compulsory Covid-19 vaccination: Temporary medical exemptions for care home staff

From 15 September 2021, for a temporary period, people…

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A clean break? What to watch out for when exercising a break clause

Landlords and tenants often include break clauses…

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Do you have contract playbooks in your business?

Brigitta Naunton, a Director in Howes Percival's Corporate…

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Law firm announces wellbeing day for staff

The additional day off is part of a series of initiatives…

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Seven top tips to think about before selling your business or company

If you’re considering selling your business / company,…

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Failure to furlough employee renders redundancy dismissal unfair

Laura Brown, Director in the employment team, comments…

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Self-isolation rules changed for those who are double jabbed close contacts

The change in self-isolation rules coincides with…

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Operational Guidance for care homes on mandatory vaccination released

Care homes will need to keep vaccination records of…

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How to future proof your contracts and adapt to the ‘new normal’

Covid-19 has challenged us to create better and more…

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Proving Discrimination Claims in the Employment Tribunal

In Royal Mail Group Ltd v Efobi (2021) the Supreme…

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Masks in the workplace – what leisure and tourism employers need to consider

With a variety of organisations (including Waterstones,…

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Care home workers required to be fully vaccinated from 11 November 2021

From 11 November 2021, care home workers in a CQC-registered…

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The New Telecommunications Code – 5 Key Points for Landowners

The ‘new’ telecommunications code may not be so new…

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Cladding and commercial property: Asset or liability?

In this article, we turn our attention to the challenges…

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Consent Order vs Separation Agreement

Recording your financial agreements following a separation…

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Cladding Crisis: The merry-go-round of buck passing

In our last article, we summarised the effects of…

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Masks in the workplace – What will you do?

With a variety of organisations (including Waterstones,…

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Flat broke: counting the cost of combustible cladding

All homeowners face unexpected bills but the costs…

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Work from home guidance removed from Monday 19 July 2021

On 12 July 2021, the Prime Minister announced that…

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Bribery Act – Where are we ten years on?

With the 1st of July marking the tenth anniversary…

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Can I pay child maintenance upfront rather than monthly?

Family law expert, Melanie Westwood, considers the…

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Building on Natural Advantages in Business

It is a great time to be a logistics business in our…

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No Fault Divorce - An Update

Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack…

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Spotlight on the Fire Safety Act 2021

Owners and managers of multiple occupancy residential…

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Domestic Abuse – the Court’s Approach to Children Proceedings

Family law expert, Sophie Key considers the recent…

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Between a shock and a hard place

With the transport sector being the largest contributor…

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Food for Thought – your intellectual property is worth protecting

In the food and drink industry, you may think that…

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Divorce & Pensions - the implications of applying for your Decree Absolute

Amy Walpole, Partner at Howes Percival and Family…

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Special occasion contact- top tips

Father's Day is fast approaching and whilst many separated…

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Living the (rural) dream? Don’t make a stink

Over a million properties in rural areas are unable…

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New day, new notice period: Government announces further changes to the residential possession procedure

Landlords (and their solicitors) have been eagerly…

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The right to work from home

The coronavirus pandemic has revolutionised the way…

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Decree Absolute - is that the end?

Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack…

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Do you have a restrictive covenant on your title that is ruining your dreams to develop your Property? These are your options for ending the nightmare.

You have found the perfect site to develop. You have…

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A Roadmap to Recovery?

Last summer, I wrote an article entitled “Green Shoots…

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Care sector employers are relieved to hear sleep-in workers are not entitled to National Minimum Wage whilst sleeping at work

The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment in Royal…

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Sleep-in workers not entitled to National Minimum Wage during time they are permitted to sleep

The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment in Royal…

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IR35: Revised HMRC Guidance Published

HMRC has recently published revisions to its Employment…

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Secretary of State announces planning and licensing measures to support the reopening of outdoor hospitality

On 5 March 2021 the Secretary of State for Housing,…

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Furlough extended until 30 September 2021

The Chancellor announced an extension to the Coronavirus…

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The road ahead – what’s in store for real estate in 2021?

Whilst 2020 may have seemed completely unpredictable,…

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“The trick is to keep pedalling” the saying goes, but the more important question is “how long for?”

Although we do now have some light at the end of the…

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Can an employer fairly dismiss an employee where they refuse to wear a face mask at work?

In a recent decision (Kubilius v Kent Foods Ltd),…

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Are your development plans going down the drain?

Resolving drainage issues on new development sites…

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Howes Percival warns employers against the risks of mandatory ‘no jab, no job’ policies

Howes Percival is urging companies to consider the…

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Divorce and separation – who should win?

Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack…

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Investment Fraud : The Vultures Preying on the Global Financial Crisis

In this blog, Carl Mifflin, Head of Restructuring…

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New Standard Methodology; a cure for the housing crisis?

Planning law partner, Paul Hunt and senior associate,…

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Does anti-harassment training give employers a defence to harassment claims?

Employment expert, Nick Benton, partner at Howes Percival,…

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Business Matters: Raising finance (by debt or equity) to fund growth in a post Covid world

Haydon Simmonds and Jahid Ali, banking and finance…

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Protecting Your Business From Divorce

Family law expert and partner at Howes Percival, Justine…

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Government Consultation: Reforming non-compete restrictive covenants

The Government has recently announced that it is consulting…

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Support in the Workplace for Survivors of Domestic Violence

It has been widely reported that domestic violence…

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Top Tips for a Cost Effective Divorce

Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack…

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Property Development Finance in 2021 – What to Expect

Most of us will be glad to see the back of 2020. Nevertheless,…

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Fire Safety Changes in the Care Sector – What can we expect in 2021?

In November 2020, we provided an overview of the legal…

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What Directors Need to Consider Following Lockdown 3.0

There are few businesses that have not been adversely…

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COVID-19 Lockdown: How will this affect the Equestrian Sector?

The latest lockdown sees the UK placed under the most…

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Employment Law 2021: What to expect

2020 has been an extremely busy year for employment…

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Continuation of support for 80% of furloughed wages until April 2021

Today, the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus…

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Fire Safety Changes in the Development and Housing Sectors – 2021 and beyond

The development and housing sectors will see many…

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2021 – The Year for Recovery, the Year for Construction

In early March 2020, nobody could have anticipated…

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Inquests and Care Providers: The Case for Legal Representation

Regulatory expert, Alan Millband discusses a recent…

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Acas Early Conciliation to be a standard 6 week period

From today, 1 December 2020, the Acas Early Conciliation…

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National Living and Minimum Wage Increases Confirmed

On 25 November 2020, the Chancellor confirmed as part…

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Top tips for operators considering changing the use of their licensed premises

As the restrictions imposed on everyday life in response…

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Updates to the Furlough Scheme Guidance

Further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme…

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Updated Guidance and New Treasury Direction

Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”)…

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How will the National Security and Investment Bill affect your M&A and investments?

The National Security and Investment Bill 2019-21…

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Extended Furlough Guidance Published

Updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention…

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Fire safety in care homes

Robert Starr, Director in the Regulatory Team at Howes…

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Furlough to remain open until December 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 31…

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Child Contact Arrangements at Christmas

Family law expert, Alishia Marrocco, looks at the…

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Increased Support under the Job Support Scheme

On 22 October 2020, Rishi Sunak announced an increase…

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Selling Your Products Online: Don’t get caught out

Covid-19 has had implications far and wide for the…

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Extension of Job Support Scheme

On 9 October 2020, Rishi Sunak announced an extended…

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