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The Rescue Options if your Company is Facing Failure

15 Jan 2021

Following reports from The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) that 250,000 companies are at risk of closure in the next 12 months, Pauline Rigby, a partner and head of our Corporate team, looks at the restructuring options that can rescue businesses. Restructuring is often overlooked by…

Corporate

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Leasehold shake-up

14 Jan 2021

In 2017, the government announced plans to tackle leasehold exploitation following an investigation by The Guardian in 2016, which found that some developers were using contracts on leasehold houses to double ground rents every 10 years, thus making it difficult for leaseholders to sell their homes on.…

Housing & Regeneration

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Looking after your mental health in lockdown and post lockdown

14 Jan 2021

A lot of people are now spending a lot of time at home and many people who live alone can find this very distressing, especially for those individuals without a support bubble. It is important now more than ever to look out for signs of mental health problems, identify symptoms and to be there for…

Clinical Negligence

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Winter Truce Extended

12 Jan 2021

With the recent announcement of Lockdown Part 3, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced that the so called "winter truce" will be extended to the 21 February 2021. This means that the restrictions on executing a writ or warrant of execution or restitution, or delivering a notice…

Dispute Resolution

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Maintain quality of education to avoid Ofsted scrutiny

12 Jan 2021

Last week, the education secretary Gavin Williamson stated that schools in England must continue to provide children with high-quality teaching despite the recent lockdown and school closures. The bulk of this education provision will need to be delivered by a mixture of remote teaching and in-person…

Education

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What will the Ockenden Report mean for maternity services and NHS England?

11 Jan 2021

The Chair Donna Ockenden has been tasked with leading the inquiry into more than 800 allegations of poor care at the Shrewsbury and Telford Trust dating back 40 years to the 1970s. The team of experts led by Donna Ockenden will review "multiple maternal deaths, many avoidable baby deaths and many…

Clinical Negligence

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Education Staff Attendance at the Workplace During Lockdown 3.0

07 Jan 2021

After the Christmas break period with schools reopening in January, unions including NEU and UNISON advised teachers not to attend the workplace and issued letters for their members to use when approaching their employers about this. In response to this advice, we advised our clients about the issues…

Education

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The Impact of Covid-19 on Competition Law

07 Jan 2021

The leading case JD Sports Fashion plc v Competition and Markets Authority [2020] highlights the importance of regulators taking proactive steps to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on competition. Background · Following the merger of JD Sports and Footasylum in a £90 million-…

Commercial

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The New Year - A time for new beginnings

07 Jan 2021

The start of any new year is renowned for new beginnings. It is gives people purpose, and you will see individuals set out with good intentions to make positive changes in their lives. With the challenges that many faced in 2020, now more than ever individuals will be looking forward to 2021 and the…

Family/Divorce

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