Month: March 2020
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Cognitive Law was relatively “lucky” when the Government advised us all to work from home wherever possible. We already did. All our solicitors were used to working when, where and how they wished – predominantly from home. I won’t pretend that makes lockdown any easier on a personal level, but it did reduce the stress... Read more »
To furlough or not to furlough?
Furlough may not have been a familiar word until recently, but it is now being used with abandon to describe a status that can help businesses and their employees during the current pandemic. Wikipedia informs me that the word furlough originates from the Dutch word verlof which means ‘leave of absence’ and this sums the... Read more »
Help for Domestic Abuse Victims
With lockdown measures in place in the UK as of 24th March it is feared that there could be a rise in domestic violence. Mandatory lockdowns mean that victims of domestic violence are trapped inside with their abusers and cut off from the people and resources usually available to help them. It is a scary... Read more »
Guidance on child arrangements during the coronavirus lockdown
Following the lockdown announcement last Monday evening, we have received further guidance from the Head of Family Justice on how best to advise separated families on the arrangements for their children. I know many people are worried about whether they are doing the right thing, especially where they have a Child Arrangements Order in place... Read more »
Do I still have to pay rents for my business premises?
Q: I need to close my business premises because of COVID-19, do I still have to pay the rents to my landlord? Generally yes, but you should first:- Identify what factors are contributing to the closure of your business premises. For example:- Your business is among those “non-essential business premises” according to the government’s present... Read more »
Contracts, Force Majeure and Covid-19
As we make our way through these uncertain times, this may be the first time you have heard the phrase ‘force majeure’ used in terms of business (and consumer) contracts. So, what is it? And how does it help/hinder me? What is it? In layman’s terms, force majeure is something which can be used by... Read more »
Making wills during the coronavirus pandemic
In light of current circumstances we have seen an increase in enquiries from people worried about updating their wills and powers of attorney. Many people are concerned as to whether this can be done without having any face to face contact. We would like to reassure you that our Wills team are here to help... Read more »
How to maintain cash flow during these unprecedented times
Maintaining cash flow will be one of the keys to survival during these uncertain times, and the debt recovery team at Cognitive Law has put together the following guidance: 1. Have an effective credit control procedure in place and stick to it. Send out payment reminders before your invoice becomes overdue. 2. Retain an efficient... Read more »
COGNITIVE LAW – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
As a firm we are already agile and flexible in our working patterns & locations. As it is our corporate and social responsibility to take all possible measures to delay the spread of the virus, until further notice the Head Office team of Cognitive Law, as well as all the Consultants, will be working from... Read more »
First Friday Lunch Club – April 2020
Join us at the April First Friday Lunch Club, one of the best networking events for professionals in Brighton and Hove. This month we’re really excited to have the lunch at The Walrus on the Friday 3rd April. Book your tickets here if you’d like to be there! We are delighted to be joined by... Read more »