Dividends during the Covid-19 crisis

Earlier this month it was reported that shareholders in a FTSE250 company voted down the company’s proposal to pay a £27 million dividend. Previously there had been criticism in the media of the proposed dividend as the company were furloughing staff and seeking to reduce worker’s pay. The decision of the shareholders to vote down... Read more »

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Planning the return to the workplace

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 10 May 2020 that people who cannot work from home should be “actively encouraged” to return to work, many employers are thinking about how that might work for their employees. Here are some pointers to begin the process of bringing people back to the workplace: Gather Information... Read more »

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Rent as an expense for Companies in Administration during lockdown

As the Government looks to loosen lockdown landlords of commercial premises continue to have uncertainty, especially when it comes to their tenant’s insolvency. With restrictions imposed under the Covid-19 announcements made by the Government in terms of action available to them when rent is unpaid what is the situation when the tenant enters or is... Read more »

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Mental Health at Work

From the 10th May, it’s Mental Health Awareness week. A time for us all to take stock of how we’re doing and given the current climate, it makes good sense to check in with ourselves and with those around us. Mental Health is with us all the time, not just in our personal lives so... Read more »

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Licence to occupy Vs Lease/Tenancy

A template licence to occupy has recently been published by the British Property Federation for those who require occupying new premises on a short-term basis, amid increase of demands by the NHS and associated organisations to “help fight against COVID-19”. The template is very useful, and it is for general use (not limited to medical-related... Read more »

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Senior Solicitors – Strike (out) whilst the iron is hot!

In March the country went into lockdown and solicitors, along with thousands of other workers across the country were thrown into a completely new way of working. From home. Working away from the office and out of some people’s comfort zone, they have learnt to adapt to a new normal. I’m sure at the beginning... Read more »

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Free Business Legal Health Check

As we start emerging from the lockdown businesses will need to have a solid plan in place to ensure they are in the best position they can be to face the future. To help them on their way we are offering a FREE legal health check for businesses. We can check over certain areas of... Read more »

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Now is the best time for Solicitor Dads to become a Consultant

When lockdown measures were introduced back in March many office workers across the country have had to adapt to a home working environment. The change from being office based to home based will have taken some adjusting but may well have bought many benefits that were previously unheard of. Solicitor dads who formerly left the... Read more »

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Director fails to convince Court that a Winding Up Petition should be restrained for Covid-19 reasons

In Shorts Gardens LLB v London Borough of Camden Council [2020] EWHC 1001 (Ch) the court found that the director’s application to restrain a winding up petition was without merit. The case involved winding petitions presented by two Councils against two organisations which were connected in relation to unpaid business rates. There had been a... Read more »

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Preparing for ‘post-lockdown’

Many businesses and their employees have surprised themselves with their ability to adapt so swiftly to life in lockdown over the past 12 month. But many simply cannot function until lockdown is relaxed or are at the very least anxious to return to some kind of ‘business as usual’. So, as business owners what exactly... Read more »

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