28 September 2020

Approaches to divorce and separation during COVID-19

We understand that dealing with separation and divorce can be highly sensitive and emotion-charged at the best of times. The COVID-19 pandemic may have added to your concerns, with additional complications to your personal circumstances or you may have additional questions on how best to start the divorce and separation process. The Forsters Family team are on hand to guide you through the best options available to you in the current circumstances and can do so in the way that is comfortable for you.

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23 September 2020

Student Housing Conference 2020 – 5 key takeaways

On Tuesday 22 September 2020 Commercial Real Estate Senior Associate, Anthony Goodmaker attended the virtual Student Housing Conference 2020, together with Partner, Ronan Ledwidge. The overall message from the many speakers was one of positivity and optimism – Anthony highlights his 5 takeaways from the event.

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22 September 2020

FinCEN files: A Failure of the System and how it might be fixed?

Dispute Resolution Senior Associate, Caroline Harbord discusses the implications of the emerging FinCEN scandal. What is most startling about the scandal is that over 2,000 suspicious activity reports (“SARs”) were filed by banks (this number is apparently only the tip of the iceberg) whilst the practices forming the subject matter of the SARS were still permitted to continue.

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22 September 2020

COVID-19 and business interruption insurance – can business owners stop losing sleep?

Last week, the High Court handed down its judgment in the much publicised COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case, which was brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on behalf of policyholders, the majority of which were small- and medium-sized enterprises. While the ruling has been hailed a success for policyholders, the extent to which insurers will have to pay out under such policies is still an unknown and the devil will certainly be in the detail.

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17 September 2020

Restrictions on forfeiture of business tenancies and CRAR extended to 31 December 2020

The Government has announced that the current legislation which prevent landlords from forfeiting commercial leases, or levying execution on the tenant's goods by way of CRAR to recover outstanding rent, will be extended from 30 September 2020 until 31 December 2020 to provide further protection for tenants who have not paid their rents or other sums due under their leases.

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9 September 2020

The New World: Dry Powder and EBITDAC

How do you value a company that has seen its fortunes change significantly – for better or worse – as a result of the coronavirus crisis? Much has been written about this and it has even spawned the new (and at first widely disparaged) acronym “EBITDAC”, the C of course standing for coronavirus.

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28 August 2020

News Blast – Residential Possessions (August)

We reported in June about changes to the residential possession procedure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week the government implemented further changes and Property Litigation Associate, Sarah Heatley, takes a look at the current rules.

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20 August 2020

Distributions: At what tax price?

Many businesses are currently looking at their profitable (and not-so-profitable) parts and wondering which could be bundled up and sold. A precursor to any such sale may well be a preliminary intra-group reorganisation. Understanding the tax (and corporate law) aspects prior to making any decisions about a reorganisation is key.

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17 August 2020

In a rush? How to get a deal done quickly

Understanding what needs to be considered and what issues you might encounter in trying to complete a deal swiftly is important to its success and in this article, Stuart Hatcher sets out some of the things to think about.

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