2020

21 October 2020

Making redundancies as a result of Covid-19

Many employers have sadly needed to make redundancies in recent months due to the pandemic and with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme coming to an end at the end of October 2020 and the new Job Support Scheme only filling part of the void, this trend will likely continue. This article provides a useful summary of the key considerations for employers who are contemplating a headcount reduction.

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19 October 2020

Dutch STAK Foundations – An Overview

The Dutch STAK foundation can be used for a variety of both charitable and commercial purposes, including by family offices to assist with estate planning and asset protection. Although use of a STAK foundation in any structure will necessitate the obtaining of Dutch legal advice and we strongly advise taking Dutch legal advice if you are considering this as an option, this summary explains their key characteristics.

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14 October 2020

Sustainability in the charitable sector – is social investment the answer?

The issue of sustainability for the charitable sector takes many guises, including in the way in which charities invest funds, but also in the activities which charities undertake and, by implication, fund. Sustainability as a theme can be observed through a number of different lenses and I deal below with the investment of funds and charitable activities in this context.

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13 October 2020

Claim notifications: Why less is more

Recent case law has shown that the devil is in the detail when notifying a party to a share purchase agreement of a potential claim under that agreement. It’s long been a principle of English law that a potential defendant in litigation has the right to some certainty, without the spectre of litigation looming indefinitely in respect of historic events or disputes.

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5 October 2020

Shareholders beware: Ostensible authority and the Duomatic principle

A recent BVI case has shown that the Duomatic principle, which allows shareholders to informally approve a company’s actions provided they act unanimously, can apply even where actual authority has not been granted and where the ensuing action by the company is against the best interests of the shareholders.

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5 October 2020

Anti-Money Laundering Rules: Impact on the Art Market

The EU Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) was enacted into UK law with effect from 10 January 2020. It requires art businesses to put in place systems intended to prevent their potential use in money laundering or for various other offences (in addition to those systems already required under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002).

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30 September 2020

Implementation of the new TRS rules

The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 were laid before Parliament on 15 September 2020. Among other things, this statutory instrument (SI) implements the new Trust Registration Service (TRS) rules, as extended by the EU's Fifth Money Laundering Directive, which came into force on 10 January 2020. It is expected that the SI will be implemented as drafted.

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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

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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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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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

Video-witnessed wills: new legislation

The Government has announced that it will introduce a temporary change in the law to allow wills to be witnessed using video technology during the coronavirus pandemic. It is set to come into force in September, but will apply retrospectively to wills executed from 31 January 2020. This article outlines the relevant law and the planned changes, along with some high-level guidance for those who may have to rely on the new rules in the absence of being able to execute a will in the normal way.

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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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14 August 2020

New online verification service for lasting powers of attorney

On 17 July 2020, the Office of the Public Guardian (the "OPG") launched its online service "Use a lasting power of attorney". This service enables attorneys to prove their status to service providers, such as banks or health care providers, by providing them with online access to a summary of the relevant lasting power of attorney (LPA).

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11 August 2020

Directors' duties: What do they mean for LLP members?

The recent case of Re A&C Restoration LLP (Manolete Partners plc v Riches) [2020] EWHC 1404 (Ch) has reconfirmed that directors’ duties can be applied to designated members of LLPs, and also serves as a useful reminder of how these duties are altered in the event of insolvency.

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10 August 2020

Government White Paper: Planning for the Future – Development

The Government has published its White Paper setting out far reaching proposals to reform the planning system with the aim to simplify, speed up and create more certainty in the planning process. The three pillars of change; Planning for Development, Planning for Beautiful and Sustainable Places and Planning for Infrastructure set out a number of proposals to achieve these aims. This article focuses on some of the key proposals within Planning for Development.

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10 August 2020

Government White Paper: Planning for the Future – Infrastructure

The Government has published its White Paper setting out far reaching proposals to reform the planning system with the aim to simplify, speed up and create more certainty in the planning process. In what is arguably one of the most radical proposals the White Paper puts forward, there is proposed a new 'Infrastructure Levy,' to replace both the existing planning obligations under s106 and Community Infrastructure Levy.

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10 August 2020

A Guide to Buying Residential Property in England & Wales

Buying a residential property is usually one of the most significant investments a person makes in their lifetime and is generally viewed as a safe long term investment. An understanding of the process can help facilitate a smooth transaction and keep costs down.

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5 August 2020

Undertakings in financial distress to benefit from Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

On 30 July 2020, the UK Government announced changes to the government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) following the European Commission’s amendments to the "Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak" (EU Temporary Framework). These changes effectively mean that more SMEs will be able to borrow up to £5 million under the CBILS than previously.

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29 July 2020

Changes to the Use Classes Order in England

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No.757) were introduced by the government on 20 July, and take effect on 1 September 2020. The new Regulations make radical changes to the 1987 Use Classes Order. These changes sit alongside the recent additions to permitted development rights, forming part of the government’s “Project Speed”, with the aim being to support the high street revival and allow greater flexibility to change uses within town centres without the need for express planning permission.

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23 July 2020

Government Introduces New Permitted Development Rights

As the independent review into residential properties built under existing permitted development rights is published, the government has introduced three new statutory instruments (coming into effect in September 2020) further amending both permitted development rights and the use class system, to 'deliver much-needed new homes and revitalise town centres.'

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21 July 2020

Reform to leasehold Enfranchisement, The Law Commission’s final report

The Law Commission has today published its three final reports on leasehold reform and the future of home ownership. Their recommendations about leasehold enfranchisement and the right to manage are aimed at improving the existing system of leasehold ownership, whilst the third report about commonhold seeks to create a viable alternative to leasehold ownership, with a view to its widespread use in the future.

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21 July 2020

Home Ownership Reform

The Law Commission has published its three key proposals for home ownership reform today with a view to re-invigorating the largely ignored form of commonhold ownership. The three reports which deal with enfranchisement, right to manage and commonhold tie in with the Government’s aim to make home ownership in the UK fairer and transparent.

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21 July 2020

Commonhold, The Law Commission's final report

Arguably the greatest change suggested by the Law Commission is their recommendation that commonhold become the preferred alternative to leasehold ownership. This would be a huge change to the status-quo given that many practitioners will never have come across commonhold.

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15 July 2020

Update for rural estates on policy developments

Like all businesses, rural estates and property owners are suffering from the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown. They should, therefore, continue to make the most of the economic support available from the government.

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15 July 2020

Lifting the lockdown: what employers should be thinking about

The pandemic has brought about numerous challenges for employers and with the continued easing of lockdown measures, it is unlikely that these will disappear anytime soon. As businesses re-open and staff begin to return from furlough leave, employers will need to consider various issues. Employment Senior Associate, Joe Beeston's article considers some of the key employment law and health and safety issues in this area.

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8 July 2020

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: Considerations for lenders and borrowers

The widely anticipated Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA”), having been rushed through Parliament, came into force on 26 June 2020, with certain temporary provisions having retrospective effect (as outlined below). With provisions spanning both commercial and insolvency issues, Banking and Finance Partner, Rowena Marshall, summarises the key insolvency-related points of CIGA and explains their potential impact on lenders and borrowers.

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8 July 2020

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – what does it mean for businesses?

The long awaited Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA”) is now in force, having received Royal Assent on 25 June 2020. It introduces certain measures (some of a temporary and some of a permanent nature) to assist businesses in navigating the current landscape. In this note, Naomi Trinh considers the commercial impact of some of its provisions.

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7 July 2020

Change of business activity? – HMRC guidance

As a result of COVID-19, many businesses have been forced to stop trading during the lockdown or have changed the nature of their activities. Aside from the commercial aspects of a change in business activity, various tax implications may also arise, including the business’ ability to carry forward losses.

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2 July 2020

The Supreme Court dismisses Charles Villiers’ appeal

Family Partner, Simon Blain's comments on the case were quoted in Eprivateclient's article: Supreme Court sides with wife in Villiers divorce battle meaning maintenance order will be granted in England instead of Scotland and Solicitor's Journal.

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1 July 2020

When is a listed building a 'building'?

The recent Supreme Court case of Dill v Secretary of State provides an important decision as to whether a Planning Inspector of a listed building enforcement case can decide whether an item which has been expressly included on the statutory list is in fact a 'building' and the criteria for determining whether an item listed in its own right does constitute a building for these purposes.

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29 June 2020

Logistics – the future is sustainable

The logistics sector could be forgiven for becoming complacent due to the seemingly never-ending demand for prime warehouse space (by way of an example and as reported in the property press, Amazon has already acquired more warehouse space in the UK in 2020 than it did in the entirety of 2019, and is on course to take more than the 5 million sq ft of space it did in 2018).

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24 June 2020

Distributions: At what price?

With businesses and companies trying to return to normal economic life and activity, I consider in this piece some matters that companies may be overlooking when making distributions and in their intra-group transactions.

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22 June 2020

Covid-19: whistle-blowing and health and safety concerns

The pandemic has brought about numerous challenges for employers, which will continue as lock-down measures start to ease. As businesses re-open and staff start to return from furlough leave, employers will need to ensure that they have appropriate health and safety procedures in place having regard to the ever changing government guidance.

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19 June 2020

Government-Backed Loan Schemes

As we move into a period where restrictions are eased and businesses and workplaces are reopening, and furloughing will start coming down, many business owners and their employees will be navigating the challenges of returning to work and the business decisions and costs that go alongside that. We have set out, below, a summary of the government-backed loan schemes available to businesses to support industry as we collectively work towards a "new normal".

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17 June 2020

The Future of the Family Office and the Family Office Advisor

The traditional family office has been focussed on wealth management, family governance and philanthropy. The family office of the future will serve single or multiple families and, alongside exercising the traditional role of wealth preservation, will continue to expand its reach into ever broader areas.

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10 June 2020

A quick guide to the rent collection minefield

With substantial sums still outstanding for the March Quarter, landlords face an even tougher battle collecting rents for the coming June Quarter. This Guide looks at the options likely to be available in light of Government action to date and future likely restrictions.

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9 June 2020

Post COVID-19 Deal Landscape Changes: Starting an M&A Deal?

While the deal market may have slowed, business leaders, commentators, business owners and investors expect that deals will start again (albeit perhaps not in earnest until Q4 this year) and indeed need to start again as M&A is a powerful driver of the economy and innovation.

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9 June 2020

Off the Hook?

Banking and Finance Partner, Simon Collins, discusses the recent case of Borwick Development Solutions Ltd v Clear Water Fisheries Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 578.

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9 June 2020

News Blast – Residential Possessions (June)

We have already reported about the extension implemented by the Coronavirus Act 2020 to the length of notice that most possession notices and notices to quit must give before possession proceedings may be started.

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5 June 2020

HMRC nudge letters

The implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and other data exchange regimes means that HMRC have received, and will continue to receive, substantial information about the global tax affairs of persons with connections to the UK.

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3 June 2020

What next re commercial rent collection during COVID-19?

Following the publication of the proposed Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill ("the Bill") on 20 May 2020, the Government then issued a Press Release on 29 May 2020 announcing its intention to introduce a Code of Practice by 24 June 2020 to provide landlords and high street business tenants with clarity and reassurance over rent payments.

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3 June 2020

Governance, purpose and value for our times?

Even before lockdown, advisers were helping companies navigate the Wates Corporate Governance Principles and many companies had received B Corp certification worldwide as governance, purpose and values rose to the top of the business agenda and debate.

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27 May 2020

Looking to the Future - Business Continuity

Now, more than ever, companies need to consider and put in place a business continuity strategy. Leaving a business rudderless or having to deal with complex continuity issues will, at best, take up management time and cause distress at a time when emotions may be running high and at worst, could result in the failure of the business.

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18 May 2020

Update on the Trust Registration Service

The EU Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) has been enacted into UK law with effect from 10 January 2020, with the exception of proposed changes to the Trust Registration Service (TRS).

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18 May 2020

COVID-19: Employment Law Update

It’s hard to keep up: barely a day goes by without another change to government guidance or policy being made. This article summarises the recent key changes which employers should be aware of.

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7 May 2020

HR data during the pandemic

Given the unprecedented events of recent weeks, it is perhaps fair to say that data law compliance has not been at the forefront of most employers’ minds.

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7 May 2020

COVID-19 and the Hotel Industry

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry, with some commentators suggesting that it could take upwards of five years for the sector to fully recover. What are the key legal issues hoteliers should consider during these uncertain times?

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5 May 2020

Lifting the lockdown: what employers should be thinking about

Whilst practices and procedures which will need to be adopted will be driven by government guidance (initial drafts of which have recently been circulated) and it is clear that restrictions will be lifted gradually and not anytime soon, it is still worthwhile for employers to start thinking about the practicalities of life after ‘lock-down’ and how they will bring staff back to work.

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29 April 2020

Art in the time of Coronavirus: Employment considerations for the art market

The art industry, like most other industries, is not immune to the effects of the coronavirus. It is important for galleries, dealers, museums, auction houses, and other art businesses to consider the employment issues arising as a result of the pandemic. This is no easy task, especially when guidance and regulations are being introduced and changed at unprecedented speed.

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24 April 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The guidance for employers and employees relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the ‘Scheme’) has now had several iterations. The Chancellor has issued the Treasury Direction (the ‘Direction’), which sets out the Scheme’s formal legal framework, and announced an extension to the Scheme until the end of June 2020. The HMRC on-line portal for making claims is now open. With so many moving parts, we thought it would be useful to answer some frequently asked questions in relation to the Scheme.

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24 April 2020

Art in the time of Coronavirus: Disputes in the Art World

With one third of the global population living under lockdown, we are witnessing the dawn of a new, and hopefully temporary, normal. We are all having to adapt to significant changes to our daily lives, social interaction and the operation of our businesses.

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21 April 2020

COVID-19: HMRC guidance on Company Residence, Permanent Establishment and related issues regarding the Economic Substance Test

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published guidance on 9 April on the implications of COVID-19-related travel restrictions on a company's residence status. Such travel restrictions may force directors or employees to be present in the UK when they would not be here under normal circumstances. This situation raises concerns as to whether a foreign company may become resident for tax purposes in the UK because the central management and control (CMC) of the company might be considered to have moved here.

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21 April 2020

Dispute resolution in the age of isolation – An Update

Since 26 March 2020 when we last surveyed how mediation, arbitration and litigation were being conducted in the current circumstances, matters have evolved at a rapid pace, particularly in the English court system. We have seen unprecedented use of technology as the courts focus on getting business done as usual so far as possible.

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17 April 2020

The transition to SONIA goes marching on

The discussions regarding the replacement of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) by the Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) have been overshadowed somewhat by the COVID-19 pandemic, but despite the current challenging environment the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has emphasised that it is still focused on the change.

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17 April 2020

Note for landlords of commercial properties- particular points re rent recovery from tenants in current market conditions

Many tenants (particular those in the retail and hospitality sectors- but also a considerable number of office and industrial tenants) are not paying their rent in full or, in many cases, at all. Some of these tenants are major companies (such as JD Sports and WH Smith) who one would think could afford to pay. According to press reports, only 48% of commercial rents had been paid for the March 2020 quarter by the start of April.

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17 April 2020

Buyer Beware: Counterparties and Covenant Strength

In times of growing economic uncertainty business owners will face numerous commercial and strategic challenges. Ultimately, this may result in corporate restructuring or asset and business sales in order to manage liquidity or in more serious cases, protect parties from insolvency.

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17 April 2020

Think carefully before putting pen to paper (or, in this case, fingers to keypad…)

In the recent case of Athena Brands Ltd v Superdrug Stores Plc [2019] EWHC 3503 (Comm) the courts held that a binding contract was made by a simple exchange of emails between parties. The case highlights the importance of businesses following internal policies when discussing and negotiating purchase agreements and being very careful when negotiating and discussing potential orders by email.

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14 April 2020

Art in the time of Coronavirus: Support for Charitable Arts Organisations

Charitable arts organisations have been hugely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. All of the large museums and galleries have had to cancel exhibitions and events, with enormous revenue consequences. Many charities delivering arts programmes (for example, in prisons, care homes, and for vulnerable children) have also had to cancel these because of social distancing rules.

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9 April 2020

Tenant Administrations and COVID-19: A Landlord's Guide

The restrictions on movement imposed by the Government, in its attempt to control the spread of coronavirus, have exacerbated the already difficult trading conditions in which many retailers find themselves. Recent days have seen the sad news that both Debenhams and Cath Kidston have filed notice to appoint administrators. It can be expected that others will follow.

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9 April 2020

Keep farm and soldier on

The coronavirus pandemic is first and foremost a human tragedy and the first call on our time and energy is the welfare of friends and relatives. But we must confront the economic implications as well. For rural estates, the connection between the human and the economic is close given the central role they play in binding together communities and looking after the physical landscape.

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7 April 2020

Current issues for charitable grant makers

The coronavirus pandemic has increased pressures on the charitable sector in an unprecedented fashion. Many operational charities are facing a perfect storm because their usual sources of fundraising (whether through public donations or fundraising events) have been depleted in circumstances where beneficiary needs have grown exponentially.

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6 April 2020

Annual leave: a relaxation of the rules due to Coronavirus

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (the “WTR”) have been amended so that workers can carry over four weeks’ holiday entitlement for up to two years if they have been prevented from taking it due to the effects of the current coronavirus epidemic.

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3 April 2020

VAT - going beyond the headlines

The Government has recently announced a "VAT Holiday" for businesses, meaning that the VAT payment due for the periods ended 31 March 2020, 30 April 2020, 31 May 2020 and 30 June 2020 won't now be due until 31 March 2021.

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31 March 2020

The right to trade wrongfully

On Saturday evening, the Business Secretary, Alok Sharma MP, announced that, in order to support business, the government intends to suspend the wrongful trading provisions contained in insolvency legislation.

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27 March 2020

Residential Possessions Update

You may have read about the Government’s intention to change the law to stop tenants being evicted as a result of Coronavirus. A Bill has been passed today which will impact on current possession claims and also on the service of notices.

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27 March 2020

Remember your Section 17 notices

With so much focus on rent concessions for tenants and the new forfeiture moratorium, landlords should make sure they also protect their rights to recover rents and other fixed charges from former tenants and guarantors by serving notice under section 17 of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 within 6 months of the sums falling due.

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26 March 2020

Dispute Resolution in the Age of Isolation

Dispute Resolution Partner, Andrew Head, and Senior Solicitor, Bryan Shacklady, take a look at the implications of the coronavirus lockdown for dispute resolution, focusing on three key dispute resolution mechanisms: litigation, arbitration and mediation.

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24 March 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 20 March 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Retention Scheme”), which is designed to give employers support for paying salaries to those who would otherwise have been laid off due to the pandemic.

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13 March 2020

Will Coronavirus infiltrate your contracts too?

With the effects of Coronavirus sweeping across global markets, businesses are evaluating the practical impact on their trade. Many industries are already badly affected – whether by imposed travel bans or the quarantining of employees and customers – and business owners are concerned that disrupted trade may leave them with contractual liabilities.

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11 March 2020

Non-resident SDLT: BUDGET 2020 - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The seemingly good news is that this applies to contracts from 1 April 2021: as stated by the Chancellor. The bad news (apart from the fact that the charge is being introduced - at all) is that the rate will be 2% and not the 1% rate that appeared in the original consultation process. However, the ugly is the exact implementation date.

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6 March 2020

COVID-19: What will the impact on construction projects be?

The WHO has declared the COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern with the potential to become a pandemic, and the government has cautioned that cases of COVID-19 in the UK are likely to rise significantly over the coming days and weeks.

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26 February 2020

Estate Planning: Your Digital Footprint

This article looks at what happens to your digital assets after your death and considers any actions you can take to safeguard against any misdirection of assets, or loss of sentimentally or financially valuable materials.

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4 February 2020

Non-disclosure agreements in discrimination and harassment cases

Over the past few years, high profile news stories, such as those concerning Harvey Weinstein, and the Presidents Club dinner, have brought the issue of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, as well as the role that non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) can play in settling such matters, into the spotlight. As a result, the Government has come under increasing pressure to take positive steps to protect victims of sexual harassment.

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27 January 2020

Act now to avoid being 'named and shamed' – Fire Safety Update

Whilst it is understood that many applications were received before the 31 December 2019 cut off for applications to be made to the Government's fund for the removal and replacement of dangerous ACM cladding, latest statistics indicate that remedial works to 135 affected privately owned buildings are yet to begin.

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22 January 2020

Are your employment contract templates up to date?

Employers are required by law to provide their employees with certain information in writing relating to their terms of employment. This is technically known as a “section 1 statement”, and is normally contained within the employment contract. Following the Government’s Good Work Plan, which was published in 2018, the information that employers need to provide is changing with effect from 6 April 2020.

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20 January 2020

E by 2023 to B by 2030? BPF says yes

As the Forsters commercial real estate team learnt at a recent quiz, “climate strike” was the Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2019. As we begin a new decade, the need to combat climate change will no doubt remain at the forefront of conversation, none more so than in the real estate industry.

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20 January 2020

Brexit and EU workers

With a Brexit date of 31 January 2020 looking likely, employers should consider the implications of Brexit on their EU workforce in the UK.

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8 January 2020

When Diversity and the Built Environment Collide

Diversity seems somewhat of a buzzword in many industries, not least in the Built Environment. So, let's set out some specific examples of how diversity has positively influenced the Built Environment and where a lack of consideration of diversity has negatively impacted the industry.

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3 January 2020

HMRC opines on situs of crypto-assets

For those of us operating in the UK tax world, HMRC have a marvellous ability to confound expectations. In recent years they have delivered surprises on topics such as specialty debts, offshore income gains (as non-protected income), and remittance basis users using non-UK income and gains as loan collateral.

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