Levi Solicitors LLP Conveyancing – COVID-19 Guidance



*Updated 26 March 2020* In order to comply with current Government guidance and to exercise recommended practice to protect our staff and our clients from COVID-19 we have now closed our offices to the public and for the time being our staff are working from home where possible. Whilst calls are being forwarded, we would ask that all…

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Levi Solicitors LLP and Coronavirus



*Updated 25 March 2020* At Levi Solicitors LLP, the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff is paramount. We are monitoring the Government guidance on the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak day-by-day. As a result of the Government’s latest guidance, we have temporarily closed our offices. Despite this, we are very much still open for business.…

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Are your rental properties fit for human habitation?



In 2019, the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”) introduced new obligations on residential landlords in relation to the condition of their rental properties. This only applied to new tenancies created after 20 March 2019. However, as of 20 March 2020, this now extends to all residential tenancies. The Act means that landlords…

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Adapting your business in the face of Covid-19



With the Government asking pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to close last Friday, owners of bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs are looking at other ways to keep cashflow moving. A number of routinely on-sales premises are moving to offering off-sales and delivery of food.  We are seeing various operators considering whether they are able,…

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Government announces temporary ban on evictions



The current Coronavirus pandemic is having wide-reaching effects on our day to day lives. With many businesses making redundancies or closing down (permanently or temporarily), people are understandably concerned about how they will make their rent payments. Yesterday (18 March 2020), the Government announced emergency measures to protect…

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20% off legal fees for key workers



At Levi Solicitors LLP, we are in awe of the NHS staff and other key workers keeping the country going during these unprecedented times. To say thank you and to give a little back, we are pleased to offer all key workers 20% off all legal fees. Ts and Cs apply. Just let us know that you are a key worker when you make your enquiry, and we’ll make…

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Settlement Agreements: Your Frequently Asked Questions



In the light of the recent Covid-19 Virus issues, Levi Solicitors LLP understands that staff issues are at the forefront of people’s minds. A Settlement Agreement (formerly known as a compromise agreement) is a legally binding contract that employers use to set out terms and conditions agreed upon by an employee to end an employment relationship…

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Protecting premises licences in uncertain times



We have seen Covid 19 thrusting uncertainty onto businesses in recent weeks. While this unsettled period is hopefully short-lived, it has made it clear that owners of licensed premises must be aware of and prepared to deal with new and unexpected challenges. We are sometimes instructed by clients who operate (or who deal with others who operate)…

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Private nuisance and overlooking neighbours



You may have read recently about the owners of apartments overlooking the Tate Modern bringing a claim against the gallery. The flat owners argued that the gallery’s viewing platform breached their rights to privacy, and also constituted a nuisance. The Court of Appeal has published its decision and we take a look at what happened. Do neighbours…

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Covert recordings in the workplace



Employees covertly recording on a smartphone is becoming an increasingly common feature in cases which deal with workplace issues that make their way to the Employment Tribunals. It has long been clear that the act of an employee covertly recording a meeting at work may amount to misconduct (depending on the circumstances). However, the recording…

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Gender equality in the workplace



This week, in support of the upcoming International Women’s Day, we joined the Law Society’s Solicitor Chat on Twitter about gender equality in the workplace. If you didn’t follow the chat, here’s a summary of our answers to the questions. 1. What is the Equality Act 2010, and how does it impact the workplace? The Equality…

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I’m married, do I need a will?



Whatever your relationship status, you might have questions about whether you need to make a will. We take a look at some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions on the effect of getting married (or divorced) on your will. I’m not married. Will my partner inherit my estate? If you die having not made a will (known as ‘intestate’),…

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Tree disputes: getting to the root of the problem



Trees. They can look beautiful, really add to your garden and surrounding area, and have untold benefits for nature and the environment. So how do they cause so many disputes? I am regularly contacted by people who have difficult disputes with their neighbours that are caused by trees on someone’s land. So, what issues can trees cause, and how can…

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Buying a house with friends – Frequently Asked Questions



This week, we joined in with a Law Society Twitter discussion about buying a house with friends. If you weren’t able to join in #SolicitorChat, here are our answers to the questions. 1. How many people can become owners of a single property? What rights do they have? Up to four people. They have the rights granted in the title, which are…

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The process of buying a new build home



New build properties are becoming increasingly popular among purchasers, particularly first-time buyers. When buying a new build property, the purchasers only see a show home. Based on that, then reserve a plot on which the developer will build the property, ready for occupation. It is therefore important to understand the process of buying a new…

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Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence – your frequently asked questions



What is the Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence? The Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence (“the Pre-Action Protocol”) forms part of the Civil Procedure Rules. It applies when someone wishes to claim against a ‘’professional’’ as a result of that professional’s alleged negligence or equivalent breach of…

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