Solicitor mums knows best

When the lockdown was introduced in March and the nations’ schools closed their front doors, mums across the country were thrust into a totally new norm, executing the ultimate juggling act of looking after children and working. Multi-tasking in its absolute extreme. And how are we coping? Well, we just are, because we have to.... Read more »

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What’s CRAR anyway? some basic understanding on Commercial Rent Arears Recovery

The temporary new measures in the current pandemic situation, and some changes are now being made to the use of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) regime too. Q: What’s CRAR anyway? The CRAR regime came into force in 2014 to recover rent in relation to commercial premises. It replaced the old common law right to... Read more »

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Employee engagement is the holy grail to a happy and productive workforce

Understandably, I am asked about Employee Engagement a lot. After all it’s the holy grail, the key to both a happy and productive workforce. It is a huge topic, so this article will give you a brief overview and I encourage you to find out more as employers who invest their time in building high... Read more »

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Covid-19 – Issues for Directors around wrongful trading

It is nearly a month since the announcement on the 28 March by the Government that it would be temporarily suspending the provisions relating to wrongful trading. At the time of writing the legislative provisions have not yet been debated. The objective of the government at the time was “to help UK companies which need... Read more »

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Advice for Employers – The redundancy process

Some of you may be faced with making redundancies as the global pandemic of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc through what used to be our normal. How you make people redundant is important, it is imperative that the process is carried out fairly and in accordance with employment law to avoid any claims of unfairness. The... Read more »

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Become a Consultant Solicitor during Lockdown? It is not as crazy as it sounds

Quite a few of my friends have told me they are enjoying enforced home-working during lockdown. Putting the associated pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic to one side (particularly home-schooling!) for the purpose of this blog, I know quite a few solicitors who are happy to be working from home. For those solicitors who ordinarily commute... Read more »

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Team Cognitive – We’re closer than ever

“We’re special” said my colleague Mayumi Hawkes and naturally, I agreed. Whilst enjoying her observation, I wanted to make sure I knew what she meant. I’m pleased I asked as she explained how the way we work at Cognitive Law gives us so many advantages. I joined the team in January as a HR Consultant... Read more »

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Now and Next

Some business owners are experiencing a pause while their employees are on furlough and the business is quiet. Of course, there are always things to do and it’s a good opportunity to catch up on some housekeeping matters. Priorities will range from tasks in the office, contacting clients, taking care of your employees’ wellbeing, keeping... Read more »

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Free family law advice during lockdown

It is an exceptionally challenging time for those people already experiencing difficulties in their relationship but help and advice are still very much available. To offer my support during this unprecendented time, I would like to help those who may be struggling in their relationship. Whether their are problems in the relationship itself or difficulty... Read more »

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TENANTS NOT PAYING RENTS BUT YOU CANNOT EVICT THEM. So, Landlords, What to do?

A landlords reminder The new Coronavirus Act 2020 (the “Act”) temporarily prevents the landlords from repossessing their own properties when their business tenants fail to pay rents during the “relevant period” to 31 March 2021 (further extended in 2020). This period might be extended in future. By saying “rents”, they include any sum payable under the... Read more »

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