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Alternative rent structures in commercial leases

Nicholas Steele
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The key priority for a landlord of commercial property is to secure a reliable and predictable rental income, which can be reviewed at regular intervals so that it keeps pace with other property in the market.  Traditionally, commercial tenants have...

Love knows no boundaries, but divorce must consider them

Laura Hails
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If you are considering divorce and have ties to more than one country, then where you issue your proceedings can impact the outcome.  These types of divorce are commonly known as cross-border, and typically we think of countries outside the United...

Injured in an accident involving a delivery driver?

William Mayston
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One of the features of the Covid-19 pandemic has been our increasing reliance on delivery services. Supermarkets and online retailers have been swamped with orders, as people look to comply with government instructions to maintain social distancing and...

Are your contracts fit for purpose in this new world of business?

Selwan Yousif
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If you are one of the thousands of business owners in the UK who have had to adapt during the past couple of months to survive the coronavirus pandemic, then it is likely that some of your contractual arrangements may not have kept pace with all the changes...

Commercial property landlords and COVID-19 - what are your options?

Natalie Skinner
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After the immediate shock of the lockdown and the March quarter day which came soon afterwards, commercial property landlords are taking stock and working out their options for the next few months.  Landlords who take the right steps now, with the right...

Guidance for employers regarding the coronavirus from ACAS

Jasvinder Gill
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With more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), being reported in the UK each day, employers will be wondering how to handle the issue especially as they may need to react fast if a situation develops in the workplace or if there are concerns about the health of...

Possible impacts of COVID-19 on property transactions

Natalie Skinner
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For clients in the midst of trying to buy, sell or rent a property, the coronavirus outbreak is causing particular uncertainty at all stages in the process. We want to reassure you that our property law team will continue to operate as normally as possible...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CLIENTS It is no secret that the Coronavirus is affecting, and will continue to affect, the ability of the UK to continue with daily life, as normal, for some time to come. We are striving towards limiting disruption to our service...

Not so safe at work - compensation for an accident at work

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Despite the UK’s extensive health and safety legislation lots of people still suffer serious injury at their place of work. The industries where accidents are statistically most likely to occur are manufacturing, construction, transportation and...

Appointing a new Director

Jasvinder Gill
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As your business grows and evolves, you may wish to bring new directors onto the board to reward and secure key members of staff or to bring in new skills and contacts from outside your business.  In either case, the appointment of a new director to the...

Where will our children live if we separate?

Laura Hails
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Following separation, whether that be through divorce or civil partnership dissolution , parents usually want to minimise any disruption to their children, ensuring that they soon settle into a new routine - whether that is in the existing family home, or...

Resolving a dispute arising out of a breach of your fiduciary duties

Selwan Yousif
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If you have been appointed as a company director, a commercial agent or a trustee, then as well as any contractual or statutory obligations you may have, you will also be obliged to act in accordance with a series of fiduciary duties aimed at ensuring you do...

Resolving a dispute over residential service charges

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Service charges are a common feature with houses or flats which have been bought via a long lease. They are designed to cover the running costs your landlord will incur in keeping shared areas and other facilities in good order.  For example, entrances,...

Making a will when you retire

Laura Hails
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We advise why you should make a will as soon as possible if you have retired and how mental capacity and undue influence are particularly important issues to consider.

Dusty Work Overalls Responsible for Wife's Asbestos-Related Death

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The effects of asbestos exposure in the workplace can be devastating, not only for employees but also for their loved ones and anyone else with whom they come into contact. In a case on point, a man whose wife died after laundering his dusty work overalls...

Tractorfest 2019

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Pengelly & Rylands Solicitors in Tenterden are proud to support their local community by sponsoring the Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair for the second year running. This year’s event will take place on 17th & 18th August 2019 at...

Divorcee Fails to Unlock Ex-Wife's £17.6 Million Family Trusts

Laura Hails
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Parents are frequently concerned that generosity to their child may end up benefiting his or her spouse in the event of divorce. However, as a High Court case showed, taking legal advice on the creation of a discretionary trust can be a highly effective...

Contracting to Buy Property Without Finance in Place is a High-Risk Strategy

Natalie Skinner
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Those who enter into contracts to acquire property without having adequate finance in place beforehand do so at considerable risk. In a High Court case on point, a property developer forfeited its six-figure deposit after failing to complete the...

What's Yours Is Yours and Your Will Does Not Have to Be Fair

Laura Hails
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When making a will, the law does not require you to act fairly and the general rule is that everyone is permitted to leave their worldly assets to whoever they wish. In a case on point, the High Court honoured a pensioner’s bequest of by far her...

Best interests of the children

Laura Hails
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Each year thousands of children experience the separation of their parents.  Divorce and separation generates a large level of stress in a person’s life and it is likely that children will have feelings about divorce and separation which will be...

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