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How to take control of management of your block of flats

Niki Adkins
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Niki Adkins, specialist lawyer in our growing Leasehold Property Team, looks at the various ways in which a leaseholder can take control of the management of their block of flats. Detailing how Right to Manage, Enfranchisement and Enforcement Action works.

2021: Potential changes to Employment Law after Brexit

Paul Burton
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Head of Employment, Paul Burton looks at the potential changes to employment law post-brexit. He discusses holiday pay, TUPE, unfair dismissal and the working time directive.

What is a declaration of trust and why do I need one?

Lee Young
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What is a declaration of trust and why do I need one? Specialist solicitor Lee Young looks at declarations of trust for property purchase and discusses the importance of setting out an equity split agreement.

Buying a flat with a short lease

Anne Albritton
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Anne Albritton, Associate in our growing Lease Team, details the process of buying a flat with a short lease. She goes on to discuss whether short lease property is worth purchasing, weighing up the pros and cons.

Landlords - How to deal with rent arrears during the pandemic

William Bartley
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Rent arrears are a real concern for UK landlords they can have a significant impact on their ability to pay their mortgage and ongoing bills.

Landlord & tenant lawyer Will Bartley looks at landlords experiencing rent arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Returning to work after lockdown

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton, Head of Frettens' specialist employment law team, looks at the opening up of the economy and the implications for employers as people return to work starting April 12th

Selling a flat with a short lease

Anne Albritton
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Associate and Leasehold Specialist Anne Albritton looks at selling a flat with a short lease, discussing how short leases can affect the value of a property; and answering any questions that you may have.

Do I need to extend my lease if I own a share of the freehold?

Niki Adkins
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Do I need to extend my lease if I own a share of the freehold? Lease specialist Niki Adkins explains why freehold owners need to extend their lease, providing a 'how to' guide.

Right to Manage vs Enfranchisement

Anne Albritton
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Right to Manage and Enfranchisement are two commonly used tools for leaseholders to gain more control over their building. Anne Albritton, Associate and Leasehold Specialist at Frettens, discusses both RTM and enfranchisement; comparing the two and weighing up their pros and cons.

Can you do a divorce yourself online?

Louisa Knight
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Louisa Knight, specialist solicitor in our family team, looks the advantages and disadvantages of getting a divorce yourself online in her latest article.

Employing EU Workers Post Brexit

Chris Dobbs
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Employment Solicitor, Chris Dobbs, looks at employing EU workers in the UK post-brexit. He looks at the changes to recruitment laws and what they mean for employers and employees, as well as the EU settlement scheme.

Selling land to a developer - option agreements and conditional contracts

Patsy Whitford
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With the ever increasing demand for property, some landowners are considering selling some of, if not all of their land to a developer. 

Commerical Property solicitor Patsy Whitford looks at option agreements and conditional contracts.

Diversity training and the reasonable steps defence

Chris Dobbs
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Two recent cases have highlighted the issue employers can face in relying on the statutory defence to workplace discrimination. Employers seeking to make use of this defence will often rely on various forms of policies and training to look to mitigate their liability for discrimination faced by an employee.

Employment Solicitor, Chris Dobbs looks at diversity training and the 'reasonable steps' defence.

Insolvency professionals advising cathedrals and other charities

Malcolm Niekirk
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Insolvency Guru, Malcolm Niekirk looks at charitable organisations in regards to insolvency; following upcoming changes to cathedral measure. He discusses the process advising charities and cathedrals, and how it's different from advising commercial clients.

Bailiff ban on evictions extended to May

William Bartley
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Will Bartley looks at the most recent eviction ban extension which was announced on March 10th 2021. He discusses what was announced and how it effects landlords and tenants in the UK.

Can you get a CCJ for a parking fine?

Anna Curtis
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Anna Curtis, a solicitor in our specialist dispute resolution team, outlines CCJs for unpaid parking fines and how to remove them.

If you incur a parking fine and move from your current address before a court claim is issued, you may not receive the court paperwork and the Claimant may apply for a Default Judgment against you.

People often only become aware of a CCJ when they apply for some sort of credit like a mortgage and the credit is refused due to the applicant having a poor credit rating.

Repudiatory breach and employee dismissal

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton, Head of Employment, discusses reprudiatory breaches of contact and describes a recent case where both an employee and employer were called into question. Does a repudiatory breach from one party allow the other to ignore contractual terms?

What is right to manage and how does it work?

Anne Albritton
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Anne Albritton, Associate in Frettens' specialist leasehold team, explains what the right to manage' is, how it works, and how leaseholders can set up a RTM company.

Furlough Scheme extended until September

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton looks at the changes to furlough and what the extension means for employers and the self-employed. What was announced in the budget? Why has furlough been extended?

Business Asset Disposal Relief and CGT in the March 21 Budget

Matthew Fretten
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It had been almost universally anticipated that Rishi Sunak was going to announce a change to Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR) in his latest budget. However, a freeze in capital gains tax was announced amongst a host of measures.

What is the new help to buy equity loan scheme?

Clare Hallett
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Clare Hallett looks at the new help to buy equity loan scheme, and the changes that it brings. She discusses the specifications such as the regional price caps, as well as detailing what the scheme means for first time buyers.

Stamp duty holiday extended

Clare Hallett
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Clare Hallett, who has been following stamp duty holiday, discusses what the latest extension means for the property market and buyers.

Personal guarantees and independent legal advice

Matthew Fretten
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Matt Fretten, head of Frettens' corporate & commercial team, answers the most frequently asked questions about personal guarantees. What is a personal guarantee? Do you need legal advice for a PG? What are the risks involved?

What is indirect discrimination in the workplace?

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton, head of Frettens' specialist employment & HR law team, provides an overview indirect discrimination in the workplace, explaining what indirect discrimination is and what employers and HR managers need to know about it.

Is long covid a disability?

Chris Dobbs
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Employment & HR law specialist, Chris Dobbs looks at whether Long Covid should be treated as a disability in the workplace, and advises how employers should handle it.

Stamp duty holiday likely to be extended

Clare Hallett
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It was reported in the media yesterday that the chancellor Rishi Sunak is likely to announce an extension to the stamp duty holiday. It was initially reported in the Times that he will extend the SDLT holiday by three months, to the end of June.

What happens when a CCJ is sent to the wrong address?

Anna Curtis
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Anna Curtis discusses what happens when a CCJ is sent to the wrong address, detailing what to do in that situation. Anna describes how to go about the process of setting aside a CCJ that you didn't know about.

Revisiting the January Leasehold Reform Announcement

Niki Adkins
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Niki Adkins looks back on the January leasehold reforms and discusses how useful they actually are. Describing what the reforms mean for leaseholders; and how the reforms may be changed before becoming legislation.

Supreme Court - Uber drivers are workers

Chris Dobbs
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Uber have lost their appeal in the Supreme Court. The Supreme court unanimously dismissed the appeal. It now means that drivers are now considered workers for employment law purposes.

Constructive dismissal and maternity leave

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton  discusses constructive dismissal in relation to maternity leave. Looking at the case of Chemcem Scotland V Ure in particular. He answers questions such as: when are you able to claim constructive dismissal?

Insolvency professionals dealing with MVLs

Malcolm Niekirk
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Our Insolvency Guru, Malcolm Niekirk, answers questions posed by insolvency professionals dealing with MVLs who require a 'swear'. Malcolm describes how the swear works and how to book one.

Getting an online swear for an MVL

Malcolm Niekirk
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Our Insolvency Guru, Malcolm Niekirk, answers questions posed by directors who are liquidating their companies (and need a ‘swear’ for an MVL). Malcolm described how to go about booking a swear and the fees involved.

Ban on Bailiff enforcement of eviction Orders extended to March

William Bartley
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Will Bartley looks at the latest extension to the ban of Bailiff enforcement of eviction which will run until March 31st, looking into substantial arrears and how they fit into the extension. As well as this, Will compiles the contrasting reactions to the eviction ban extension and gives his own specialist view.

No jab, no job. Can an employer require you to take the COVID vaccine?

Chris Dobbs
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Specialist solicitor, Chris Dobbs looks at vaccination in the workplace. Can an employer force staff to be vaccinated? Can an employee be dismissed if they refuse the COVID vaccine? What is vaccine discrimination? Is anti-vax a philosophical belief? 

Indirect Discrimination and the law

Chris Dobbs
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Chris Dobbs provides the latest on Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice, and discusses Indirect Discrimination.

What is turnover rent and how does it work?

Fiona Knight
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Fiona knight explains how turnover rents work, why they are in the news, and looks at their advantages and disadvantages for commercial landlords and tenants.

A guide to heads of terms - selling a business

Karen Edwards
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What are heads of terms, why are they important and are they legally binding?

Karen Edwards is an associate in Frettens’ specialist Corporate & Commercial Team and is recognised as one of the region’s Rising Stars in the Legal 500 Guide.

In the latest in her series of articles on selling a business, Karen looks at heads of terms, what they include, why they are important and whether they are legally binding.

Frettens extend specialist lease team

Niki Adkins
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Frettens welcome two more new faces to the firm, Anne Albritton joins the team as an associate and Hannah Faith joins as a paralegal.

Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton discusses Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy. He looks into the case of Aramark (UK) Ltd v Fernandes, and answers the question: When is Redundancy fair? 

Crown Preference and insolvency set off

Malcolm Niekirk
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Malcolm Niekirk, Frettens' resident Insolvency Guru, looks at a technical aspect of insolvency law, and one that is sure to become more prevalent in the coming months.

The recent return of Crown Preference has implications for insolvency set off, which he addresses in this article.