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Coping Mechanisms and Disability Discrimination in the workplace

Paul Burton
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Disabled employees should not be denied the ability to engage in strategies and mechanisms which help to cope with the effects of their condition simply because they inconvenience other staff. Paul Burton looks at a recent case where disability discrimination was disputed.

Challenges and opportunities ahead in the commercial property market

Fiona Knight
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With the increase in consumers moving to online shopping and more and more people working from home as a result of the pandemic, there are inevitable challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of retail and office space.

Fiona Knight looks at the challenges and opportunities facing commercial landlords and tenants.

What are loan agreements and what should they include?

Olivia Parkinson
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Olivia Parkinson, Trainee Solicitor in Frettens' Corporate and Commercial Team, gives an overview of loan agreements, outlining what should be included within one and discussing the role of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 when loaning to family or friends.

Indirect Discrimination and the Childcare Disparity

Paul Burton
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Although fathers are spending more time caring for their children, there is still a ‘childcare disparity’ faced by working mothers. In a recent case, the EAT gave a judgement regarding the indirect discrimination of a working mother with such childcare obligations. Paul Burton, Head of Employment, discusses this case and provides advice for employers.

What should be included in heads of terms for a commercial lease?

Patsy Whitford
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Commercial Property Solicitor Patsy Whitford looks at heads of terms for commercial leases, discussing what should be negotiated, what should be included within the terms and what to watch out for as a commercial tenant.

Coffee Break Briefing Video: R3 Standard Form CVA Proposals and Standard Conditions

Malcolm Niekirk
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On Monday 12th July Insolvency Guru  Malcolm Niekirk  held one of his popular  Coffee Break Briefing  Webinars. In the free webinar,  Malcolm  looked at R3 Standard Form CVA Proposals and CVA Standard Conditions. If you...

R3 Standard Form CVA Proposals and CVA Standard Conditions

Malcolm Niekirk
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On Monday 12th July Insolvency Guru Malcolm Niekirk held one of his popular Coffee Break Briefing Webinars. In the free webinar, Malcolm looked at R3 Standard Form CVA Proposals and CVA Standard Conditions. This is the summary article following the briefing.

A guide to what's involved in the Informal Lease Extension process

Hannah Faith
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Hannah Faith, Leasehold Property Paralegal at Frettens, looks at the Informal Lease Extension route. She provides advice on contacting a freeholder, how to write an extension enquiry and what to look out for in the terms of extension.

How have the changes to furlough impacted employers?

Chris Dobbs
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There are still 1.5 million workers on furlough; and with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme beginning to wind-down, there are changes that impact both employers and employees. Employment Solicitor Chris Dobbs discusses.

My leaseholder asked for a lease extension: Advice for freeholders

Anne Albritton
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Anne Albritton, Associate in our Leasehold Property team, provides advice for freeholders who have been asked for their lease to be extended. She looks at the steps involved in the statutory and non-statutory lease extension processes, outlining what freeholders need to do.

What is a shareholders agreement and what should it include?

Karen Edwards
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Karen Edwards, Head of our Corporate & Commercial Team, discusses the importance of including certain provisions within shareholders agreements; such as deadlock clauses and minority shareholder protection rights.

Property Litigation Q&A July 2021: Airbnb short term lettings

William Bartley
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In this Q&A: Property Litigation specialist lawyer, Will Bartley, provides an update on how Airbnb style lettings of residential flats can be problematic for leaseholders, who could be in breach of their lease without knowing it.

Ten Promotions announced as Frettens continue to grow

Matthew Fretten
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Frettens have announced their biggest series of promotions in the firm’s 43-year history.

Ten of the team have been promoted to new positions, including five new partners, as the firm continues to build on their recent success.

Section 44 health and safety detriment protection now includes 'workers'

Chris Dobbs
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The excitingly named The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Protection from Detriment in Health and Safety Cases) (Amendment) Order 2021 came into force on 31 May extending protection from detriments related to health and safety issues to workers rather than simply employees.

Frettens’ own Chris Dobbs breaks down the new order; discussing what it is, why its been put in place and what it means for employers.

Aviva and Persimmon to scrap ground rents and to sell freeholds at a discount

Niki Adkins
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Aviva and Persimmon have taken further steps to assist leaseholders, pledging to scrap ground rents and to sell freeholds at a discount. Niki Adkins looks at the announcement and discusses whether other housing developers and freeholders will follow suit.

What is Intellectual Property and how do I protect it?

Sarah Sillar
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After recently rejoining the firm, Corporate & Commercial Associate Sarah Sillar, provides an overview of Intellectual Property; describing what it is and why it's essential to all businesses.

She goes on to detail the ways of protecting Intellectual Property, discussing how important it is to do so.

How do I sell my freehold? A guide to the process involved

Anne Albritton
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Freeholders may choose to sell their freehold, or could be forced to sell their freehold through a process called Collective Enfranchisement.

Anne Albritton details the steps involved in selling the freehold, providing advice for freeholders on what they need to adhere in the sale process.

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