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Staying safe whilst cycling during the COVID-19

Blog published on: 9th April 2020

We are all having to change our lifestyles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on society. At the time of writing this blog, cycling is permitted, either as a form of transport to work for those who cannot work from home, or as a form of individual exercise. Even if you’re […]


Supervised contact and Coronavirus

Blog published on: 8th April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has created a number of difficult challenges for separated families. The Government has been helpful in confirming that where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can move between their parents. This clarifies matters to a point and the key message is – where Coronavirus restrictions cause the letter of […]


Divorce during the coronavirus outbreak

Blog published on: 7th April 2020

This is my first blog since daily life changed so dramatically for us all. It focuses on divorce procedure: from Petition to Decree Absolute (the final Decree on divorce and the point at which the parties are no longer married). My colleagues are writing separate blogs about financial cases on divorce during the coronavirus, and […]


Setting aside a financial remedy order in the light of the coronavirus pandemic

Blog published on: 6th April 2020

Can you do it at all? Barder v Barder [1987] 2 FLR 480 established that a court may allow a challenge to a financial remedy order on the ground of new events, if the following four conditions are satisfied: New events have occurred since the order which invalidate the basis or fundamental assumption on which it […]


5 ways to keep fit and healthy during COVID-19

Blog published on: 1st April 2020

COVID-19 is an unprecedented time for us all. Over a period of weeks there has been transition and change to employment, transport, education as well as to our daily routines. Working from home has become the norm for the majority, and non-essential travel is to be avoided unless deemed necessary. At present, individuals in the […]


Registering a birth in a pandemic lockdown

Blog published on: 31st March 2020

I have recently advised a client on the registration of a baby’s birth during our current lockdown. In normal circumstances, the birth of any child in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born. Failure to do so attracts a fine of £200. The Government website  provides […]


The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Social Care

Blog published on: 31st March 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the Act”) came into law on 25 March 2020 and passed sweeping emergency legislation that is unprecedented in peacetime. Whilst some provisions of the Act came into force on 25 March 2020, other sections require regulations to bring them into effect. In this blog post we shall consider some of the […]


I have a disrepair issue can I withhold rent?   

Blog published on: 30th March 2020

It is not your best course of action. I see the logic in using the non-payment of rent as leverage against a landlord to do works, when a tenant believes there to be disrepair in the property they are renting. However, generally speaking I would advise against withholding rent. You would be in breach of […]


COVID-19 – the impact on landlords of residential properties who are seeking possession of their properties

Blog published on: 27th March 2020

From the 26th March 2020, landlords will have to give their tenants 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession compared to the usual notice periods for notice pursuant to section 8 and section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. This means that a landlord cannot commence court proceedings until after this period. This […]


Helping the elderly or vulnerable people with making a Will

Blog published on: 27th March 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, a question I am being asked more regularly is how can I help my elderly relative or friend to make or update a Will? It is understanding that many people are worried about getting their affairs in order in these uncertain times. It is also heart-warming to hear of so […]


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