Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

On March 24th 2022 the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 (the Act) received Royal Assent. The scope of the Act is to create provisions enabling relief from payment of Protected Rent Debts under a business tenancy. When does the Act apply? The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 applies to…


Beneficial Joint Tenants and Tenants in Common

When purchasing a property jointly with another person, you will need to consider how you wish to legally hold the property together. You can either hold the property as Beneficial Joint Tenants or as Tenants in Common. Knowing the difference between the two is crucial, as each of these options has…


Changes to fixed fees in Clinical Negligence

Changes to Fixed Fees in Clinical Negligence

The government has proposed a new scheme to the changes of fixed fees in Clinical Negligence to allow claimants and defendants to achieve faster resolutions in lower value clinical negligence claims. This is for claims valued up to and including £25,000. This would only limit the amount of legal…


Payment Diversion Fraud

In our recent blog, How to protect yourself from property and payment diversion fraud, we looked at the different ways in which criminals are scamming victims out of both their property and their money. In this blog, we will focus on Payment Diversion Fraud. This is where a criminal tricks a client…


Dealing with Social Media Estates and Digital Assets

Dealing with a social media estates and digital assets Dealing with a deceased person’s estate involves gathering in their assets and distributing them in accordance with their will. If there is no will the ‘rules of intestacy’ apply. Finding out what assets a person had used to…


Probate Fee Increases – are they really just a sneaky stealth tax?

The government’s recent announcement to increase probate fees has drawn significant criticism from many parties. Andrew Milburn, Head of our Probate and Estate Administration department discusses why. What are Probate Fees? Probate Fees are fees payable to the Probate Registry when an application…


The ten steps to buying a home

Unless you are lucky enough to have won or been given money to buy a house outright. You will need to save for a deposit and borrow money. Saving for a deposit Buyers are usually required to provide a deposit of 5% of the price of the property being purchased. If you are saving for a deposit it is…


How can you plan to make things easier for your family and loved ones

If you are no longer able to make life decisions for yourself a Lasting Power of Attorney makes life easier for your family or loved ones. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney: Lasting Power of Attorney – Property and financial affairs This type of Lasting Power of Attorney deals…


New head of Dispute Resolution: Paul Sykes

Last month, we welcomed Paul Sykes as the new head of Dispute Resolution. Paul was previously a valued member of our Dispute Resolution team for over 20 years, and re-joins after a period of working at two other leading Yorkshire firms. He has over 32 years’ experience in commercial and civil…


Paying for litigation cases

Litigation can often be an expensive and lengthy process. People are often not aware that paying for litigation costs out of your own pocket is not your only option. A fundamental principle to be aware of in litigation is that ‘the loser pays the winners costs’. This means that should you be…