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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.…


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Commercial landlords during the Covid-19 lockdown

Where are we now? Covid-19 and the related lockdown rules have caused pressures for everyone. For commercial landlords, there have been lots of rule changes since the first lockdown in March. In this post we will take a brief look at the position as we approach a second lockdown and the end of…


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Why use a solicitor?

On 14 October, we joined the Law Society on Twitter to discuss the benefits and value that clients can receive from instructing a solicitor, rather than choosing to deal with the issue on their own. If you were not able to follow the chat, here is how Gemma Horner answered the questions. 1. What…


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Business Interruption Insurance. What does the FCA Test Case mean for you?

On 16 March 2020, in response to the increasing number of cases of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom, the Government issued guidance requesting that people begin working from home where possible; avoiding unnecessary travel; and stopping non-essential contact with others. On 23 March 2020, the…


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Congratulations to our newest Partner, Ed Smith

We are delighted to announce the promotion of litigation solicitor, Ed Smith, to Partner. Ed joined Levi Solicitors as a trainee solicitor in 2014 and qualified into the Dispute Resolution team in 2015. He is based in the firm’s Leeds office and specialises in licensing work, property disputes and…


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Coronavirus Act 2020: Protections for commercial tenants

The Coronavirus pandemic is causing untold difficulties for businesses of all types. In order to attempt to help those businesses and the individuals who work for them, the Government has introduced various temporary measures. These include the ability for businesses to furlough employees while the…


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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…


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Signed, sealed, delivered? Email signatures and contracts

You may think that whether a document is signed or not would be obvious. However the High Court has recently looked at exactly this. Is an email with an automatic email signature, signed? What is a signature? The traditional definition of the word ‘signature’ is “your name written by yourself,…


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The value of going to a solicitor for legal advice - Q & A

We participated in #SolicitorChat on Twitter last week, answering questions about the value of seeking legal advice from a solicitor. Our new addition to our Dispute Resolution team, Gemma Horner, was on hand to answer the questions. If you were not able to follow the chat live, we set our answers…


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Limitation periods: how long do I have to bring a claim?

Limitation is the specified period during which you can make a claim against the defendant. This is done by issuing a claim form and supporting documents at Court, together with the required fee. How long is the limitation period? The limitation period for your claim will depend on the type of…