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Frustration and Force Majeure – Does COVID-19 operate to discharge the lease of my business premises? 

Blog published on: 20th May 2020

In these unprecedented times, many business owners may be wondering if there is any way that they can cancel or get out of their Lease obligations. The Government has imposed a lockdown affecting the economy for an indefinite period, many commercial lessees will find themselves struggling to pay rent on their premises as their turnover […]

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Family Mediation by Zoom – the way forward?

Blog published on: 20th May 2020

Like most mediators I have had to embrace distanced or remote mediations. I have been using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, although there are of course other options such as Skype. It is also worth pointing out that there are some concerns about Zoom and privacy and it is important that clients are made aware […]

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My solicitor has gone bust and my file has been transferred to a new firm – what can I do?

Blog published on: 19th May 2020

Like many business, some solicitors’ practices are struggling at the moment financially due to the impact of COVID-19 on their business models. Practices are shutting down or being sold to other firms. If you have an existing personal injury claim with a firm that has shut down or sold what can you do? Can you […]

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To move or to improve? Legal considerations when looking to improve a leasehold property

Blog published on: 15th May 2020

In an uncertain property market many of us are looking to stay put and make what we already have better to add value to the property – whether this be an extension, loft conversion or even simply knocking down walls. When you own a freehold house this task can involve securing any necessary planning permission, […]

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Property Market Gets The Green Light!

Blog published on: 13th May 2020

Buyers, Sellers, Estate Agents, Solicitors, Mortgage Companies, Surveyors and many more have been waiting since March for the Government to confirm that home moving can begin again. To everyone’s relief this is possible as of today (13 May 2020). Since the Government placed England in Lock Down in March due to COVID-19 only a small […]

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Warehouse injuries – what are my rights?

Blog published on: 13th May 2020

As the Government allows some of us to return to work, I have been reflecting on current dangers, not just those the pandemic has brought, but the dangers around using machinery, working from heights and general hazardous conditions. Add to that poor supervision, absence of warnings, failure to wear personal protective equipment makes warehouses and […]

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Anticipated rise in cyclists: reflecting on recent Streetspace announcement

Blog published on: 7th May 2020

I recently settled a case and recovered damages for injuries sustained by a cyclist who was struck by a car while using a cycle lane. I thought of the case again when the Mayor of London released his London Streetspace plan, yesterday, to accommodate a likely increase in cyclists once lockdown restrictions are lifted. My […]

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Around the World In One Day for NHS Charities

Blog published on: 7th May 2020

On Thursday 30th April 2020 I took part in a 240 mile cycle, raising money for the NHS.  This ride was to be done in my living room on Zwift. World in One Day was started by Mark Beaumont to get people to cycle up to 240 miles to raise support and funds for frontline […]

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Highway code refresher for cyclists

Blog published on: 5th May 2020

As we start week 7 of lockdown, there is one thing that is more noticeable on the roads…cyclists. Whether you are a regular, or novice to cycling, people are certainly using their exercise time to get out on their bikes. If you are new to cycling, or even a regular, it is important to understand […]

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I have lost my job and I have no recourse to public funds – what can I do?

Blog published on: 5th May 2020

The impact of the current pandemic is being felt by many, but the prospect of losing your job or not being able to pay your rent will be particularly stressful for those with no recourse to public funds (“NRPF”). This is because if you have no access to public funds, you will not be able […]

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