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Five Fact Friday - Charity

Chris Hall
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With more and more people being furloughed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, charities are reporting a rapid increase in volunteers as people look to keep themselves busy.  Back in January 2020, the Fundraising Regulator published its ‘Good Practice...

Coronavirus - Options on non-payment of rent for commercial landlords

Claire Bunton
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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has made a number of measures available for commercial tenants to assist them at this difficult time.  Such measures include the temporary abolition of business rates, the deferment of VAT...

Coronavirus - Should you agree a rent concession?

Rachel McNulty
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In these difficult times, many commercial tenants will be asking their landlord for a form of rent concession, whether that takes the form of a reduction, deferred rent, having a rent or service charge holiday or paying monthly As a landlord, it is entirely...

Coronavirus Act 2020: Section 82 - Business tenancies in England and Wales: protection from forfeiture etc

Denise Bull
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Few of us would have imagined even a few weeks ago that I would be writing an article with the title above. We live in strange times. The purpose of this article is to give some advice to commercial landlords and tenants about what the Coronavirus Act 2020...

Coronavirus - Permitted development rights for takeaway services

Julia Davies
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On Tuesday 24 th March, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 came into force, bringing into effect the Government’s announcement that restaurants and drinking establishments may temporarily...

Coronavirus - Landlord & Tenant Update (26th March)

Robert Bolwell
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It’s been another challenging week for agents, landlords and just about everyone in the lettings industry . Late on Wednesday, the government’s emergency legislation passed into law, when the royal assent was given to the Coronavirus Act...

Coronavirus - Advice for Commercial Landlords & Tenants

Denise Bull
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COVID-19 is changing the face of the legal workplace. Lawyers and their clients are going to have to adapt rapidly. What does this mean for commercial landlords and tenants ? All the advice and guidance we have seen so far relates to the residential...

Coronavirus - Possession Claims Explained

Ryan Heaven
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The Government have stated their intention to protect tenants during the coronavirus outbreak by stopping any new possession claims from being issued at court. At the time of writing (Monday 23 rd March), the final wording of this legislation has not been...

Coronavirus - Your Landlord & Tenant Questions Answered

Robert Bolwell
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We are now over a week into the official coronavirus pandemic and the pressure on managing agents is increasing exponentially from all quarters. Last updated: 20/03/2020 Despite the pronouncements by Boris in recent days, there is still no clear...

Dutton Gregory Supports New Community Initiative

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In light of recent events, there has never been a more crucial time for communities to join together and offer help and support to those affected. As such, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with award-winning digital enterprise aDoddle ...

Dutton Gregory strengthens Litigation team with new Partner announcement

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Dutton Gregory is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Griffiths as Partner. Adrian first began his legal career at Dutton Gregory, training and qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. He now returns after working with firms in London and Reading. ...

Five Fact Friday - Budget

Chris Hall
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The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered the first Budget in more than 18 months earlier this week.  Today we examine some of the key aspects of the UK’s first Budget as a non-EC/EU state for nearly 50 years, as well as look at some of the quirkier...

Five Fact Friday - The Value of Justice

Chris Hall
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Last week was Justice Week, a week-long series of events run by the Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Although the aim of Justice Week is to highlight and promote the work of legal organisations and professionals...

Five Fact Friday - Strange Laws

Chris Hall
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Last year, we published an article focussing on five curious English laws. Here are five more unusual and often cited unusual ‘laws’ which might or might not really exist. 1. It is illegal to stand within 100 yards of the reigning monarch...

Five Fact Friday - Valentine's Day

Chris Hall
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Roses are red Violets are blue Five Valentine’s Day facts For people to view 1. “Under loves heavy burden…” February 24 th was officially declared the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day by Henry VII in 1537 through a Royal...

BBC Drama The Split - A Realistic Interpretation Of Family Law?

Pauline Ellis
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The second series of BBC’s The Split is out today, and as a family lawyer you think I’d want to avoid a programme on divorce! Yet I was intrigued to see how dramatically my profession would be portrayed... For those of you who did not...

Five Fact Friday - Names

Chris Hall
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This weekend marks 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor and that her descendants would take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”.  Inspired by HRH, here...

Dutton Gregory Strengthens Poole Presence

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We are thrilled to announce the recent move of Residential Conveyancing expert Helen Phillips to our Poole office, adding to our strong reputation in the property market. Helen is a Senior Associate & Chartered Legal Executive, with a wealth...

Five Fact Friday - Brexit

Chris Hall
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So today is the day that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland exits the European Union.  What does this mean?  How will this affect you? What exactly are WTO rules?  These are all questions that we are looking to answer...

Five Fact Friday - Antarctica

Chris Hall
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Next week will see the 200 th anniversary of what is commonly believed to be the ‘discovery’ of Antarctica by Russian explorers Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and Mikhail Lazarev.  To celebrate this, and also remind ourselves that there...