Afsha Ayub: a promotion to Partner and a move to Wakefield



We are delighted to announce the promotion of conveyancing executive, Afsha Ayub, to partner. Afsha joined Levi Solicitors in 2016. When she joined our team, she already had over 15 years of experience specialising in residential conveyancing and all aspects of property law. She also has specific experience in repossession and leasehold…

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Just launched: Housing Possession Mediation Pilot Scheme



Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Government has paused possession claims going through the Courts, leading to a big backlog of claims. This has left some landlords with tenants in increasing arrears; and conversely some tenants struggling to make their monthly rent, whose landlords are not interested in negotiating a reduced amount. As a result,…

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Eviction ban exemption for tenants with substantial arrears



*Updated 15 February 2021* With England still in lockdown for the next few weeks at least, the Government announced that the ban on evictions of residential tenants would be extended until 31 March 2021. Of course, the Government will want to protect tenants struggling financially as a result of the Covid pandemic. However, many landlords are…

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Levi Solicitors LLP Wakefield office move



We are excited to announce that Levi Solicitors LLP, will be relocating its Wakefield office on 23 February 2021 to Silkwood Park. While we are moving away from Calder Park, our new Wakefield office remains easily accessible from the motorway; it is situated immediately off junction 40 of the M1 motorway. Wakefield city centre is approximately 2…

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Case update: Contribution claims in professional negligence cases



In cases where more than one party may have been negligent, it is possible for one of the negligent parties to seek a contribution towards the damages to the Claimant. A recent High Court case looked at a claim against a firm of solicitors and a barrister. Despite the claim against the barrister being dropped, he was ordered to pay 40% of the…

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FRAUD WARNING: Claim Against A Professional Limited



We have been made aware that someone is sending emails and making telephone calls using the company name, Claim Against A Professional Limited, and our address at 33 St Pauls Street, Leeds, LS1 2JJ. The emails are asking people for legal costs relating to a PPI claim. For the avoidance of doubt, this is in no way related to Levi Solicitors LLP. We…

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Major works: dispensation from s20 consultation



If the owner of a block of flats (we’ll call them the landlord) wants to carry out ‘major works’, they have to first consult the owners of the flats (the leaseholders). This process can take months, so what happens when urgent major works need to be carried out? For example, works to the cladding where there are fire safety risks to…

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Good news for businesses: Supreme Court decision on business interruption insurance



Following the nationally imposed lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses made claims on their insurance policies for business interruption and losses suffered as a result. Insurers responded by declining a large number of claims. In September 2020, the High Court gave its judgment on the correct interpretation of various…

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What to do when someone dies: a step by step guide



Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult. To try to ease the burden, we set out a guide to some of the practical steps you may need to take when someone dies. From registering the death, to dealing with property and possessions. 1. Registering the death When someone dies, a doctor issues a death certificate. The death must then be recorded on…

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Can I sue my barrister?



When you instruct a barrister (whether through a solicitor or by direct access), you are relying upon their expertise. They are there to do as you (or your solicitor) instruct; whether to provide advice, prepare key documents, or to represent you in court or tribunal. As barristers are experts, it is entirely reasonable to expect a level of…

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Adjudication in construction disputes: An overview



Adjudication is a form of dispute resolution that specifically applies to construction disputes. It was introduced as a process for contractors and subcontractors to quickly resolve disputes, and maintain cashflow, without enduring lengthy Court proceedings. What is the legal framework for adjudication? The conditions in which a matter can be…

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Commercial landlords during the Covid-19 lockdown



**UPDATE – 9 December 2020. The Government has today announced the following: the ban on forfeiture for non-payment of rent is extended to 31 March 2021. the restrictions on the use of CRAR are extended to 31 March 2021. landlords may not issue winding up petitions based upon statutory demands served between 1 March 2020 and 31 March…

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Further commercial rent arrears respite for tenants



Today (9 December 2020), Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, announced a series of measures to protect business owners affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. These measures include an extension on the ban on evictions as a result of rent arrears; and extensions on restrictions on landlords using Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery or winding up…

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Christmas and New Year opening times



As Christmas and 2021 are fast approaching, here are our opening hours for the festive season. Thursday 24 December 2020 – CLOSED Friday 25 December 2020 – CLOSED Monday 28 December 2020 – CLOSED Tuesday 29 December 2020 – CLOSED Wednesday 30 December 2020 – CLOSED Thursday 31 December 2020 – CLOSED Friday 1 January 2021…

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Future care planning: Lasting Powers of Attorney



A worrying review of the way that Do Not Attempt Resuscitate (DNAR) orders has been applied during the Covid-19 pandemic, brings to the fore the need to consider your future care. Planning for your future and discussing what you want with your loved ones will not only put your mind at ease, but also ensure that you receive appropriate medical…

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Terminal dilapidations claims: A step by step guide for landlords



Items of disrepair caused by a tenant in breach of their lease are usually known as ‘dilapidations’. The term covers anything from failing to decorate, to remove alterations, or general disrepair. It is common for landlords and tenants to deal with the condition of the property when the lease ends. This is known as ‘Terminal Dilapidations’. As a…

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