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Confessions of a Family Solicitor during Lockdown

Pauline Ellis
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It all seems rather surreal at the moment with the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.  Personally, I am trying to work from home while juggling trying to homeschool and entertain a preschooler at the same time! The majority of people...

Deciphering your residential lease

Louise Uphill
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Having dug out a copy of your lease from your ever growing pile of paperwork at home, you can often find yourself faced with the problem of how to decode it!  The good news is that we’ve put together this general guide to a standard residential...

Dutton Gregory welcomes two new Equity Partners

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Local law firm Dutton Gregory celebrates the appointment of two new Equity Partners, Head of Litigation, Andrew Witt , and   Head of Residential Property, Paul Sams. With both Partners joining the firm in recent years, staff, clients and friends...

Virtual signing for property transactions during the coronavirus pandemic

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As much as we have been operating ‘business as usual’ during lockdown, the need for social distancing has, naturally, impacted the process for signing and returning original legal documents to solicitors. Without signed original legal documents,...

Leaseholders: get your "house" in order amid lockdown

Louise Uphill
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Whilst the battle with COVID-19 rages on outside and activity within the housing market is quiet, now is a good time for leaseholders to use this opportunity to get their current lease in a good and marketable condition ready for when the market springs back...

5 Lockdown Questions With Gareth Anwyl - Hamptons International in Winchester

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Dutton Gregory's  Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams  hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both...

Coronavirus and conveyancing: Selling your house after lockdown

Nicky Marsh
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The housing market is vital to the economy and I think we can all agree that the sooner it can safely be back on its feet, the better. I’ve had many conversations with colleagues, clients and contacts the past few weeks and I remain confident that the...

5 Lockdown Questions With Ritchie Clapson - PropertyCEO

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Dutton Gregory's  Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams  hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both...

5 Lockdown Questions With Daniel Glass - Personal Training For Everyday Living

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Dutton Gregory's Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams hosts " 5 Lockdown Questions With "! In light of recent events, Paul speaks to industry experts across the South to find out how they are handling the lockdown, both personally and...

Coronavirus and Conveyancing: Electronic Signatures

Rebecca East
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Common Law in England and Wales has always been flexible in recognising a variety of different signatures, including that of merely a mark, initials or a printed name. The law even accommodates signing on behalf of someone where a person is physically...

Coronavirus - Student tenants during lockdown

Gina Peters
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The government introduced measures on 26 March 2020 to prevent tenants in the private rental sector (PRS) from being evicted during the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the measures are not extensive enough. Is this the case for our student population? With...

Government Launches Domestic Violence Campaign Amidst Covid-19

James Leach
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The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic impact on the lives of everyone, with enforced changes effecting peoples' work and social life across the country.  In particular, the necessity to remain at home is taking a toll on...

6 reasons why the property market will bounce back stronger

Daniel Szasz
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It’s safe to say that the lockdown restrictions have been challenging for us all. We’re all wondering what day it is, adjust to a new way of living and working, and many of us have experienced the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our work....

Coronavirus - Now is the time to transfer property and save tax!

Jeremy Tucker
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Transfers of certain types of property, to anyone other than a spouse, will generally mean you have to pay capital gains tax as if you had sold the property at its market value.  Adding to that pain, any taxable capital gain arising for disposals...

What does the Covid-19 Lockdown mean for your family?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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On Monday 23 rd March 2020 the Prime Minister gave a historic announcement, putting the UK into lockdown. This was largely expected, but few had time to prepare, including many families with child arrangements. The government have since...

Commercial landlords and tenants: what do we do once the lockdown ends?

Denise Bull
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With the government confirming today (16 th April) that the lockdown restrictions will continue for at least another three weeks, it is still uncertain as to when and how this situation will be resolved. For most properties, the exact solution will be...

Commercial Litigation Update: advice for directors and business owners during coronavirus

Andrew Witt
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As we approach the end of the 4th week of lockdown within the UK, it is an opportune moment to review what steps company directors and/or business owner should have already taken and what they may expect in the coming few months. What should you do now? ...

Equity Release Gets The Green Light For Remote Advice

Paul  Sams
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Legal advice for Equity Release has been given the green light by the Equity Release Council (ERC) to happen remotely due to Covid-19 . Head of Conveyancing Paul Sams , author of a book on the topic, comments on the latest update. In the...

Coronavirus FAQ - Furloughing

Mark Broad
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Furloughing is the latest focal point in employment law but what is it and what does it mean for both employers and employees? Partner and Head of Employment Mark Broad answers some of the most common questions around this topic. UPDATE...

Mediation Remains Available Despite Lockdown

Pauline Ellis
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Although mediation is normally conducted in person, due to the current covid-19 lockdown, this cannot happen. However, we are still able to offer our clients mediation services via several different video conferencing options. Initial Mediation...

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

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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...