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Apr
2020
Covid -19 Resources

We continue to be available to support you during these challenging times. Please find below our latest posts and articles relating to the Coronavirus and business and personal issues.  Resources for Individuals Family Courts and Covid-19 Separated Parents and Covid-19 Writing a Will During the Coronavirus Outbreak Moving House During COVID-19 Outbreak – Government Guidance How Could Covid-19 Affect my Sale and Purchase? Covid-19 and Litigation Covid-19 Mediation as an Alternative to Court Proceedings Resources for Businesses The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Furlough: An Update Working with Coronavirus – Update for Employers What to do if you are Experiencing Business Interruption due to the Coronavirus  Personal Guarantee Advice Do I need to Close My Business or Premises? COVID-19 – Company Accounts Filing Extension Covid-19 and Contractual Obligations Changes to Insolvency Law due to the Coronavirus Crisis Covid-19 – Issues for Landlords and Tenants of Commercial Property Covid-19 and Litigation Covid-19 Mediation as an Alternative to Court Proceedings Covid-19 A Guide for Dental Practices Covid-19 Suspension of voluntary strike-off process by Companies Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or require advice on any matter related to COVID-19 and its effect on you, your family
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May
2020
Dying Matters: Dying to be Heard

This year, the Dying Matters Awareness Week campaign challenges us all to actively listen when people want to talk about death, making plans and grief. The theme of the week is “Dying to be Heard” and this will be promoted throughout the campaign which runs from the 11th – 17th May. The subject of death is never an easy conversation and many people avoid talking about death and the practicalities of getting ready for it. Are you ready for our own death? Generally we do not want to think or talk about it but Covid 19 has focused us all on our own mortality, and brought into sharper focus the prospect of losing the ones that we love. There are practicalities to think about – Wills, funeral planning and more – but there’s also the emotional, sometimes even spiritual side for some of us. Here at Thompson Smith and Puxon our Wills and Estates team are here to make sure that you are heard if you want to talk about what happens when you die and what you would like to leave behind. Research suggests that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which includes making a Will, deciding
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May
2020
A warm TSP welcome to Natalie

Thompson Smith and Puxon are pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie Sheppard as a Professional Support Paralegal for Dispute Resolution. Natalie, who is local to the area, joined the TSP team in April 2020. She attended Thomas Lord Audley Secondary School and Colchester Sixth Form before completing her degree in LLB Law from the University of Essex. Sharon Auton, Head of Dispute Resolution says “I would like to extend a warm welcome to Natalie as she joins TSP. The team have been very much looking forward to Natalie joining us and supporting us with our very busy caseload. It is an interesting time to be starting a new job and learning remotely. I wish her every success in her new role with us.” Natalie is passionate about her new position and is excited to be starting her career with TSP. She says “I am excited to start my career at TSP due to its excellent reputation and traditional values. I am looking forward to gaining experience in the many areas of Dispute Resolution”

Apr
2020
Landlords must comply with latest energy standards

Landlords of residential property could face high fines if they do not meet the latest energy efficiency standards.  On 1st April 2020, the latest stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards was implemented, making it unlawful for landlords to continue domestic residential tenancies where the property has a rating of F or G on its Energy Performance Certificate – commonly known as an EPC, without bringing the property up to the required minimum standard, or applying for an exemption. Two years ago, the first stage of implementation introduced the requirement for an E rating or above for all new tenancies granted.  Now, that is extended to all existing domestic tenancies and, in 2023, it will be extended to all commercial tenancies. Landlords are not expected to spend more than £3,500 inclusive of VAT on energy efficiency improvements to rented properties. If improvements to the property would exceed this amount, then landlords should take steps to install improvements to the property up to that sum which would improve the energy rating and then register an exemption.  Where landlords continue to let domestic property which fails to meet a minimum E rating, enforcement action by local authorities can be implemented with the
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Apr
2020
COVID-19: Suspension of voluntary strike-off process by Companies House

On 16 April 2020, Companies House temporarily suspended the voluntary DS01 strike off policy to support creditors affected by COVID-19. Consequently, when a company makes a DS01 application to be struck off, Companies House will publish a notice in the Gazette in accordance with its usual process. However, with a view to protecting creditors who may wish to object to the company being struck-off it will suspend any further action to dissolve the company. Companies House have also stated that although it will continue to notify companies who have failed to file annual accounts or confirmation statements, it will not publish a notice in the Gazette indicating its intention to strike off the company from the Register. These changes do not apply to businesses being dissolved under, or which are subject to a restructuring process involving, insolvency procedures, such as administration or liquidation. If we can assist with any questions you may have in relation to your business, including the impact of COVID-19, please get in touch by emailing nick.mayles@tsplegal.com or call 01206 217 010.

Apr
2020
COVID-19: A Guide for Dental Practices

The impact of Covid-19 has led to unprecedented measures being put in place, not only in relation to restrictions on movement, but also government financial support to businesses, employees and the self-employed during these times of crisis. The dental profession is no exception; to date the following procedures have been put in place. Suspension of all routine treatment All dentists in England should review the advice recently published by NHS England. This includes: 1. All dentists in England should review the advice recently published by NHS England. This includes:The suspension of all routine, non-urgent dental care, including orthodontics, until advised otherwise. 2. All practices establish a remote urgent care service, providing telephone triage for their patients with urgent needs during usual working hours, and whenever possible treating with advice, analgesia and antimicrobial means, where appropriate. 3. NHS regions must set up “local urgent dental care systems” to manage patients with emergency dental problems, where each system provides urgent care to separate patients who either have suspected or confirmed Covid-19, or live with someone who has, and those deemed particularly vulnerable or at significant risk from the disease. Recent guidance from NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) NASDAL
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