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March

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Parking Easement

05/03/21

The crux of the case of Poste Hotel Ltd v Tracey Anne Cousins (2020) EWHC 582 concerned whether a resident's right to park supersedes a local business's right of way to enter their premises, and serves as an important reminder for why landowners must remain mindful of preventing others acquiring…

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HSE updates its advice to Schools on re-opening to in-school lessons

05/03/21

With the anticipated return of children being taught at school from Monday 8th March 2021 onwards, the HSE have reminded education establishments about the mitigating measures that they should put in place to control risk from COVID-19. The HSE have confirmed that they will continue to investigate…

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Expansion to Permitted Development Rights

04/03/21

The Government has introduced from 31 August 2020 an expansion of the currently permitted development rights (PDRs) and this presents an opportunity for developers to broaden their residential development portfolio, without formal planning permission. This is particularly significant given the impact of…

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Key takeaways from The Budget for the Employment Sector

03/03/21

After a week of rumours and alleged leaks regarding The Budget, we can now confirm what has been announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Budget Day (Wednesday 3 March 2021). Below are some of the key takeaways from The Budget for the Employment Sector: · As expected, the Furlough…

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Same-Sex Female Parents and Parental Responsibility

02/03/21

Parental responsibility encompasses " all rights and duties, powers and responsibilities, which by law a parent of a child has in relation to that child ". This gives a parent the right to make decisions on behalf of that child such as their education, religion and upbringing. Mothers who give…

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February

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Education Q&A February 2021

26/02/21

How do the changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) due to be introduced in April affect schools? IR35 applies when a worker or self-employed contractor provides their services through their own limited company. The rules make sure that contractors, who would have been an employee if they…

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'Failure to Remove' claims - Where are we now?

25/02/21

The recent case of HXA v Surrey Council has followed a minimal number of social care cases which have made their way through the Courts following CN & GN v Poole BC. The lack of detail around these cases, and the failure of any of them to reach the higher echelons of the Court system, have left room…

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Ridwaan Omar Gains NEBOSH Qualification

25/02/21

The Insurance department congratulates Ridwaan Omar on gaining his NEBOSH National General Certificate on Occupational Health & Safety. Ridwaan acts on behalf of numerous organisations in defending Employers' and Public Liability insurance claims. He also has considerable experience of…

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Construction company and plastering firm fined after employee falls from height

25/02/21

Notwithstanding that a principal contractor may not directly employ the injured employee, they can still be found to be in breach of their s2 and s3 duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 if they fail to review the sub contractor's risk assessments prior to the start of works or check…

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Interesting Changes to Part 36 - Defendants beware!

25/02/21

Rule changes to Part 36 offers mean that defendants need to be even more wary than before of the terms of Part 36 offers made by claimants. The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021 which come into effect from the 6 April 2021 amend Part 36 with a new rule 36.5 (5) which says that Part 36 offers…

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Forbes at Trial - Causation arguments successful

25/02/21

The claimant sued the defendant council following what she said was a fall on the pavement as she was walking back from the school where she had collected her children. She alleged that there was a missing flagstone. The claim was brought pursuant to the Highways Act 1980 for breach of S41, the…

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Newsflash: Uber drivers are 'workers' holds Supreme Court

25/02/21

Earlier today, the Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment in relation to the action brought against Uber by drivers claiming to be workers as opposed to self-employed contractors. The judgment provides the answer to whether 'gig economy' workers can be classed as 'workers…

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Intellectual Property Update

24/02/21

January 2021 saw the beginnings of the post-Brexit transition period in the UK, and whilst this has impacted some elements of the intellectual property landscape across the EU, Forbes' Intellectual Property team have continued to assist a range of clients across various areas of both contentious and…

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The Launch of the New Homes Quality Board

24/02/21

New build properties often get bad press with stories of poor quality making the headlines, highlighted in the recently published story of the Developer who was forced to rebuild all four external walls of a property. The New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) has launched this week, led by Natalie Elphicke…

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Merseyside County Lines & Social Housing Conference

24/02/21

Forbes' Merseyside County Lines & Social Housing Conference took place over two days on 9th and 10th February 2021 in conjunction with Merseyside Police. With over 400 attendees across the two day conference, it was clear to see the importance of tackling cuckooing and county lines across…

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Supreme Court Uber decision - what does this mean for social housing?

24/02/21

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment in relation to the action brought against Uber by drivers claiming to be workers as opposed to self-employed contractors. The judgment provides the answer to whether 'gig economy' workers can be classed as '…

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Eviction Ban extended to 31 March 2021

24/02/21

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced the ban on evictions, save for exceptional cases, will be extended to 31 March 2021. It had been due to end on 21 February so we expect to see updated Regulations released shortly. There were some changes to the exceptions when the ban was…

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Choosing and Implementing Building Warranties / Insurance

24/02/21

Building insurance / warranties are an essential consideration for any development. There are a variety of providers available, all with their own products and add-ons which should be considered to ensure you choose a policy which suits your development's needs. It is important to have discussions…

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Newsflash: Uber drivers are 'workers' holds Supreme Court

23/02/21

The Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment about the action brought against Uber by drivers claiming to be workers as opposed to self-employed contractors. The judgment provides the answer to whether 'gig economy' workers can be classed as 'workers' for the purposes of…

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Victoria Coe -v- Dr Manjooran -

23/02/21

This was a Clinical Negligence claim against the Claimant's GP for failing to identify an abdominal condition, despite carrying out blood tests and failing to advise the Claimant of the results which resulted in her being admitted to Hospital for emergency treatment and surgery, where she was an…

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How commercial tenants can utilise break clauses to their advantage

23/02/21

The implications of Brexit and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have meant that most businesses are carefully considering all costs and risks to their business, including costs and risks associated with properties that they own or occupy. Tenants may wish to carefully consider their existing obligations…

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AI in manufacturing and engineering and intellectual property considerations

19/02/21

At its' core, artificial intelligence (AI) is a form of computer science which involves the development of programmes to enable tasks to be completed which would otherwise require human intelligence. AI algorithms can be used for tasks including problem solving, logical reasoning and understanding…

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Insurers urged to pay Covid-19 BI claims following Supreme Court ruling

19/02/21

Businesses in the manufacturing sector, like many others, have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic with the profound operational challenges that it has presented. The scale of the pandemic's impact, including factory closures and unprecedented disruption to supply chains, has knocked companies…

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Death of a shareholder: what happens to the shares?

19/02/21

When a shareholder of a company sadly passes away, many questions are brought up surrounding what happens to the deceased's assets. In this blog, we walk you through what useful steps can be used to transfer shares from the deceased shareholder. Relevant documents relating to the shares:…

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Housing Possession Mediation Pilot Scheme

17/02/21

The government has launched an independent Housing Mediation Pilot Scheme. This is on behalf of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and will be funded by the Government. The service is in response to COVID 19 and will be a service to run along side all possession claims as they progress though the Court…

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Restrictions on residential evictions to continue until 31 March 2021

17/02/21

On the 14 February 2021, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced that the current restrictions on residential evictions would continue until the 31 March 2021. This means a writ or warrant of possession cannot be executed for certain scenarios including anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for children's social care services

17/02/21

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic is non-discriminatory and has affected every single person all over the world in varying ways. Unsurprisingly, when the national lockdown came into force in England in March 2020, the country stood still and the majority of workers, students and children…

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Can a child be guilty of contributing evidence?

17/02/21

From time to time we hear about terrible injuries suffered by a child when they are hit by a car. There are regular campaigns to reduce speed limits in built-up areas. The law imposes a heavy duty on the car driver, particularly in built-up areas where children might be playing, areas around sports…

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Speeding motorcyclist, overtaking a van after taking drugs wins 20% liability

15/02/21

The recently reported case of KYRIACOU v FINCH (2021) QBD (Judge Nigel Bird) 29/01/2021, in the Queens Bench Division of the High Court found in favour of a motorcyclist who had been riding his bike at approximately 55 mph. It was dark, his head light was on. As he overtook an Asda van, the defendant,…

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Public Sector Exit Payments Scrapped

15/02/21

The Treasury has recently announced that long proposed cap on Public Sector Exit Payments (the Cap) which came into force on 4th November 2020 has been withdrawn effective from 12th February 2021 due to "unforeseen circumstances". Therefore any exit payments made after 12th February 2021…

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The Government to review Landlord and Tenant legislation in March 2021

15/02/21

In December 2020, the Government announced that it would undertake a review of commercial landlord and tenant legislation in 2021, and this is now expected to take place next month. It is anticipated that the review will consider a broad range of issues including the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 Part…

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Extra £3.5billion to fix unsafe cladding

11/02/21

The government has revealed that it is investing an extra £3.5billion in addition to the £1.6billion already pledged towards the removal of unsafe cladding in high-rise buildings which are taller than 18 metres. This will mean that leaseholders in such buildings will not be charged "for…

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VAT on lease break payments

11/02/21

In September 2020 - following two important judgments delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union - HMRC published its Revenue & Customs Brief 12 (2020) which contained updated guidance on the position of VAT on payments made in relation to the termination of contracts. The crux of…

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Hospitals Failing to Test for Deadly Pregnancy Bacteria Group B Strep

10/02/21

Last week The Times reported on the issue of UK hospitals failing to carry out a test to check whether pregnant women have the potentially deadly bacteria Group B Strep, despite guidelines from Public Health England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). The test costs just…

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National Apprenticeship Week

10/02/21

National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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The Fundamental Test for Clinical Negligence and How It Has Evolved.

03/02/21

There is a distinction between a complaint and a clinical negligence claim . The NHS Complaints Procedure can address the former, but if a claim for compensation is required it is done through legal action. There is a threshold test from a case of Bolam v Friern H.C.C (1957), which has formed…

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Snowballs and Haircuts Prove Expensive in Lockdown.

02/02/21

There was a band in the eighties that went by the name of Haircut 100. Well make that in today's money Haircut 200. You may have heard the news that 31 Metropolitan Police Officers face fines of £200 each for taking part in a mass haircutting marathon which was in clear breach of Covid…

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Data breach claims and the rogue employee

02/02/21

The recent case of Morrison's v others concerned Mr Skelton, a former employee who had been disciplined for minor misconduct. As a consequence, he developed an irrational grudge against Morrison's which led him to publish on the internet, the names, addresses, gender, date of birth, phone,…

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Are you aware of the possible legal repercussions of paying unlawful dividends?

02/02/21

What is a legal dividend? Paying a dividend is the usual way for a company to distribute a share of its profits among the shareholders. Part 23 of the Companies Act 2006 establishes what profits are available for distribution by dividend, and what accounts are required in order to justify a dividend…

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January

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Data Protection Update

28/01/21

December was a busy month for those involved in data protection compliance. Therefore, we've set out a short summary of the most relevant updates for our education clients. Brexit As you will no doubt have heard, the UK and the EU reached a trade and cooperation agreement on Christmas Eve…

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COVID-19 mass testing: Can we require staff to conduct testing?

28/01/21

As many will be aware, on 17 December 2020, the Government confirmed that all secondary schools and colleges in England will be required to partake in mass testing staff and students (known as 'lateral flow' testing), with effect from 4 January 2021. With the Christmas break looming, it left…

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Boohoo acquires all intellectual property rights of Debenhams in £55m deal

27/01/21

Following going into its second administration in April 2020 and subsequently into liquidation shortly before the festive period, Debenhams is one of the latest victims of the impact of the pandemic and the accelerated shift to online retailing. Nevertheless, Boohoo, leading online fashion retailer…

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IR35 changes are looming for medium and large private sector organisations

26/01/21

Following a 12-month postponement due to the impacts of Covid-19, the Finance Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 22 July 2020, meaning that the forthcoming reforms to the IR35 tax legislation for the private sector are now just a matter of months away. IR35 was first introduced in 2000 with the aim…

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"Building after Brexit" - the impact of the deal on the construction sector

26/01/21

It is widely considered that the Brexit deal is preferable to what would have arisen in a no-deal Brexit, and the deal has been cautiously welcomed by many in the construction industry for providing some much sought-after clarity. Whilst the impacts of Covid are ongoing and are likely to be lasting, the…

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Looking again at the defence of volenti non fit injuria in Occupiers cases

25/01/21

The defence of volenti non fit injuria provides a defence to a claim where a defendant who would otherwise be liable in negligence can show that the claimant, being fully aware of the risks, knowingly or willingly takes the risk. In doing so a claimant cannot then seek compensation for any harm that…

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London borough council fined after child sustains fatal injuries at playground

25/01/21

London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council has been sentenced after a five-year-old girl died when playground equipment collapsed on top of her at Mile End Park. Westminster Magistrates' Court heard that on 17 July 2015, Alexia Walenkaki was swinging on a rope attached at one end to a wooden post…

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Whiplash Reforms delayed by a month

25/01/21

In a move likely to disappoint insurers, the reforms set to increase the small claims track limit for RTA claims to £5000 and to introduce a tariff for damages levels for whiplash claims due to come into effect in April 2021 have been further delayed until May 2021. We still await the tariff and…

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Retailer fined after boy electrocuted at one of it's stores

25/01/21

Tesco Stores Limited has recently been fined £536,000 by magistrates after a 10-year-old child got an electric shock in its branch in Warfield, Bracknell. The supermarket giant was sentenced at Reading Magistrates Court on 15 December having pleaded guilty to two health and safety offences…

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Dealing with Stalled Portal Claims

25/01/21

As a Partner in the Large Loss and Complex Claims Department it isn't often that portal claims cross my desk, but I received an instruction last year from an insurer client who had become increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress in a straightforward portal claim. The incident itself…

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HSE update - Theme park fined after child seriously injured on a ride

25/01/21

Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd was fined following an incident where a child was thrown from its Twister ride. On 30 May 2019, a child was ejected from the Twister ride at Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire resulting in serious head injuries. An investigation by the…

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Forbes Solicitiors Sees Commercial Property Deals Bounce Back To Pre-pandemic

25/01/21

Forbes Solicitors advised on £22million worth of commercial property deals in December 2020, as the total value of monthly transactions returned to pre-COVID levels. Despite trading restrictions imposed by the Government's coronavirus tiering system and a second national lockdown in…

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What are my options if my business is owed money?

22/01/21

It is estimated that, £23.4bn worth of late invoices are owed to firms across Britain, having a huge impact on businesses' cash flow and ultimate survival. If your customer, client or retailer is leaving invoices unpaid past their due date, you may be required to step in. A great deal of…

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Retailer fined after boy electrocuted at one of it's stores.

21/01/21

Tesco Stores Limited has recently been fined £536,000 by magistrates after a 10-year-old child got an electric shock in its branch in Warfield, Bracknell. The supermarket giant was sentenced at Reading Magistrates Court on 15 December having pleaded guilty to two health and safety offences…

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HSE update - Theme park fined after child seriously injured on a ride

21/01/21

Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd was fined following an incident where a child was thrown from its Twister ride. On 30 May 2019, a child was ejected from the Twister ride at Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire resulting in serious head injuries. An investigation by the…

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Property Possession - Frequently Asked Questions

21/01/21

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on Landlords and their ability to re-gain possession of their properties. Extensions to notice periods, stay on proceedings, a winter truce, have all played their part. Where are we now? What can a Landlord do? Here are some FAQs to help you on your way to re-…

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Child Arrangements Upon Separation

21/01/21

In recent months we have seen an increase in clients approaching us for advice following a separation from their partner or spouse. Many have stated that the pressures of the lockdown and the restrictions have negatively affected their relationship, resulting in the decision to separate. Separating…

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Pursuing an Inheritance Act Claim after the time limit - Thakare v Bhusate

20/01/21

In 2020, the High Court handed down a judgement in the appeal case of Thakare v Bhusate [2020] EWHC 52 (Ch). The case involved an out of time claim for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the Act). The case is significant as the…

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Where there is blame - there is the risk of a claim

19/01/21

In these unprecedented times retailers are often looking at alternative methods of delivering services to maintain a viable business and seeking to survive the challenges that the current pandemic presents. Accidents and subsequent claims can be time consuming and expensive for retailers even when…

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Heading in the Right Direction - The virtues of detailed Heads of Terms

19/01/21

It is the end goal of any lease transaction to achieve an agreement that satisfies both parties' needs. The lease will dictate the complex contractual relationship between the parties to a transaction and so it is essential that all of the key points are addressed. However, at the root of any…

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Covid Relief 2021

19/01/21

As the scourge of Covid-19 continues to disrupt and reshape our daily lives, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced a further £4.6bn relief package for businesses in the retail and hospitality sector on 5th January. The government's support package comes in the form of a…

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Keep up with customers' changing habits

19/01/21

Many high streets and city centres were struggling under the weight of customers' shift towards online shopping even before the pandemic hit. However, by virtue of forced closures, social distancing restrictions, potential customers working from home rather than in offices near physical stores and a…

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The retail industry and the exit strategy from Covid-19

19/01/21

As we settle in to our third lockdown it might not be easy for businesses to think about the future and plan their "exit strategy". However, could this latest lockdown provide a unique opportunity for businesses to think outside the box, critique the way they operate and how they utilise their…

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Acas Early Conciliation - New Rules

19/01/21

A claim to an employment tribunal must usually be made within 3 months less 1 day. This is known as the 'limitation date'. For example, if an employee wants to claim for unfair dismissal, they have 3 months less 1 day from the date their employment ended to make the claim. However this is with…

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Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme is changing

19/01/21

The existing Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme is set to be replaced with a new Help to Buy Equity Loan (2021 - 2023) on 1 April 2021. The new scheme will be extended to first-time buyers only along with the introduction of regional price limits. First-time buyers who apply for the loan must use it towards…

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The Wild Side of Development

19/01/21

The Metropolitan Police announced in December 2020 that Bellway Homes had admitted damaging or destroying a breeding site or resting place for bats at a construction site in Greenwich, London. Bellway were fined £600,000, which is a record fine and the largest fine ever issued by a court in…

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Data Protection Update

19/01/21

December was a busy month for those involved in data protection compliance. Therefore, we've set out a short summary of the most relevant updates for our RP clients. Brexit As you will no doubt have heard, the UK and the EU reached a trade and cooperation agreement on Christmas Eve. That…

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Lockdown 3.0 - Considerations and Implications for Employers

18/01/21

On 4 January, the prime minister announced that the country would be going into the third national lockdown in less than a year and the advice reverted to stay at home except where absolutely necessary for limited legally permitted reasons. Many businesses are required to close again, and workers…

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Working Hours and Managing Stressors

18/01/21

Early in 2020, in direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government amended Section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to provide a temporary, fast track deemed consent route for developers to apply to local planning authorities to vary existing conditions, or the details submitted…

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Environment Bill - What does it mean for developers?

18/01/21

Following the UK's official departure from the European Union on 1 January 2021, the Environment Bill is set to be one of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Government. The Bill as it stands will incorporate environmental protections covered in EU legislation, as well as…

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Employment Law Changes 2021 - Impact on Property & Construction Industries

18/01/21

Under the new lockdown restrictions, the government has urged all employees to work from home unless they cannot "reasonably" do so. The very nature of the construction sector means that this is not possible for construction workers and so despite the tighter restrictions they can thankfully…

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

18/01/21

During cervical cancer awareness week, it seems appropriate to highlight the benefits of this screening. The NHS estimate that if everyone attended screenings regularly 83% of cervial cancer cases could be prevented. Cervical screening currently prevents 70% of cervical cancer deaths. It is offered…

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The Rescue Options if your Company is Facing Failure

15/01/21

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…

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Leasehold shake-up

14/01/21

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.…

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Looking after your mental health in lockdown and post lockdown

14/01/21

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…

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Winter Truce Extended

12/01/21

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…

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Maintain quality of education to avoid Ofsted scrutiny

12/01/21

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…

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Should I Stay or Should I go? Practical Considerations on Separation

11/01/21

The year 2020 brought its own set of challenges and couples saw their relationships tested by the pressures that the global pandemic brought: financial worries, health concerns and spending prolonged amounts of time together. For some, these challenges may have exposed deeper longstanding issues that…

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

11/01/21

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…

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Education Staff Attendance at the Workplace During Lockdown 3.0

07/01/21

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…

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The Impact of Covid-19 on Competition Law

07/01/21

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-…

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The New Year - A time for new beginnings

07/01/21

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…

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Intellectual Property Update

06/01/21

December 2020 was an actioned-packed month with a Brexit deal, more vaccine news and stricter lockdown measures to name but a few developments. It was also a busy and varied month for the Intellectual Property team at Forbes, and this update will briefly focus on some examples of how we have assisted…

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COVID-19 Update - We Are Here To Help

05/01/21

Following last night's announcement The Forbes Housing and Regeneration Team want to reassure our clients that we are here to help you get through this, we have done it before and we will do it again. We will work together with you during this evolving situation to ensure your needs are met. We…

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When can you recover private healthcare costs in a personal injury claim ?

05/01/21

When a Claimant suffers injury they may require treatment in order to help them to recover. This is known as 'mitigation of loss' . The Claimant is entitled to obtain that medical treatment privately irrespective of the availability of state funded care. That was entrenched in the Law Reform (…

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We have a deal - but what next?

04/01/21

Amid a busy festive period with the imposition of stricter lockdown measures and the approval of the latest Covid-19 vaccine was the news that a Brexit deal had been agreed. The deal, which was agreed on Christmas Eve, marked some form of conclusion to the Brexit process which has been ongoing since the…

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WOW! - Are you exercising independent judgment?

04/01/21

Back in October, we highlighted the importance of directors being aware of their duties to the company and the risks that they take if they do not ( read our previous article here ). A recent case in the High Court has again emphasised the importance of a director's duties, specifically to…

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