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Did you set up a new business during the pandemic?

Clare Lang
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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has recently reported, perhaps unsurprisingly, that the number of new business incorporations were lower in the Quarter 2 period of April - June 2020 than they were in the same period last year.  However, the ONS...

Maintenance under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 - could COVID-19 increase claims?

Victoria Wall
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Anyone looking to claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”) must fall under a category of applicant to be able to request “reasonable financial provision”. Most of the categories of...

Can I claim for personal injury?

Poonam Barnes
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A personal injury refers to a physical or psychological injury that is caused by the negligence of another party. Examples of circumstances that can give rise to a personal injury claim are: An accident at work. A road traffic accident. A...

Caveats - a practical guide

Victoria Wall
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One of the first pieces of advice we tend to provide when we have an initial enquiry either contesting the validity of a Will, looking to claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 or have concerns over an executor is to enter...

What happens during mediation?

Poonam Barnes
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Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution and can be described as a process where a neutral party known as a mediator assists parties in a dispute to reach an amicable resolution to their dispute. Prior to the mediation date, the mediator tends...

How far is too far? Intermeddling in an estate

Victoria Wall
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It can be difficult to deal with family members who tend to take control when a loved-one dies. Alternatively, you may wish to remove the burden from a family member who you believe could not administer the deceased’s estate. However, any person...

Recovering Bad Debts

Jessica McSorley
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The late payment of commercial invoices will have an adverse effect on creditor companies now more than ever as the pandemic has caused a strain on the economic standing of many businesses. It is vital that unpaid invoices are collected in swiftly to ensure...

Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council - a complex highways case

Hannah Taylor
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A recent and fairly high-profile case in the North West of England has highlighted the complexities of UK laws around highways. The case was Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council and involved the claimant, Mrs Barlow, claiming compensation after she...

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