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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 Proceed with caution: some issues for businesses returning to work The Continuing Impact of Covid-19 on Possession Proceedings Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have
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Jun
2021
The Continuing Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Justice System

On 4 June 2021, the Lord Chancellor spoke at the Law Society, where he reflected on the justice system’s response to the pandemic and outlined the Ministry of Justice’s post-pandemic recovery plans for the justice system. As with many other areas, the pandemic has catapulted changes to the justice system, with the need for remote hearings to be made available during lockdown. Last year many hearing were adjourned whilst the courts struggled to deal with the impact of the pandemic. Now, most interim hearing are held remotely. Whilst it is usually good to see the white’s of people’s eyes, there are benefits to remote hearings, not least that you have no travel and waiting times, but for me, the best bit is about being able to conduct a remote hearing in your slippers. That, and the hearings are usually on time which means you don’t have to wait around and it has increased the court’s capacity. As a result of the backlog of claims Nightingale Courts have been set up to help cope with demand. The pandemic has cemented the need for remote hearings to be made available. The Ministry of Justice wants the effective use of audio and video
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May
2021
Breathing Space Scheme – far from a sigh of relief for creditors

Many of our client creditors have faced difficulties during the pandemic in recovering debts legitimately owed to them, even when pursuing enforcement steps with the Court. However, on 4 May 2021, the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) came into force which provides debtors with increased legal protection from creditors. Two schemes have been introduced; the standard breathing space and mental health crisis breathing space. Effectively both schemes, from the date the debt is placed in a scheme, prevent creditors from taking enforcement action for a certain period, during which time they are obliged to freeze interest and charges on the debts. A debtor must provide all of their personal details and all creditor/debts details outstanding when the application is made. Creditors will be sent a notice by a debt advice provider either electronically or by post if a particular debt is part of the breathing scheme. Standard Breathing Space Scheme Debtors need to seek debt advice from a debt adviser who will consider their application and confirm if a breathing space scheme is appropriate. The scheme is only available to individuals who owe a qualifying debt, resides in England or Wales and must not be subject to a Debt Relief
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May
2021
Recent Guidance on Warranty Claims in Business Sales and Acquisitions: Clarity and Procedure

Warranties and Claims Warranties are statements from sellers to buyers in relation to the assets and liabilities of a business which, if untrue or inaccurate, could allow a claim against the sellers for damages. They are often numerous, and contained within a sale and purchase agreement for the business (SPA), along with various seller protections and limitations including, importantly, time limits for bringing claims and a procedure for notifying claims. For their part, the courts have tended to adopt a strict and impartial interpretation of an SPA, which has affected both sellers and buyers in ways which they did not anticipate, and is a reminder that great care should be taken when drafting both an SPA and a buyer’s notification of claim to the seller. Recent Case Law Guidance In Triumph Controls UK Ltd v Primus International Holding Co [2018], it was held that a requirement in an SPA for the buyer, when bringing a warranty claim, to “summarise the nature of the claim, so far as it is known”, did not preclude the buyer from bringing additional or different claims to those notified, when legal proceedings were eventually brought. A “summary” (for these purposes) did not require full particulars of the
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May
2021
TSP Supporting Dementia Action Week

Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week (DAW) is an annual event aimed at bringing communities and organisations together to take action to improve the lives of people living with dementia. This year DAW is taking place from Monday 17 May to Sunday 23 May. What is Dementia? The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. Committed to Dementia Awareness TSP is committed to training its staff to ensure they have the understanding to support our clients with dementia. We regularly offer the opportunity for staff to complete the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends training. The Dementia Friends programme is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative designed to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Lawyers in our Wills & Estates team have also completed the Virtual Dementia Tour. In October TSP was awarded the ‘Working Towards Dementia Friendly Status’ from Tendring Dementia Action Alliance in recognition of our continued work in supporting and raising awareness of dementia. We
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May
2021
Dying Matters: In a Good Place

This year, the Dying Matters Awareness Week campaign encourages us to start the conversation around making plans to deal with death, bereavement and grief, and asks us to think about what it means to be in a good place to die. The week will focus on the importance of being “in a good place to die” and this will be promoted throughout the campaign which runs from the 10th – 16th May. Where people die is changing. More and more people have been dying at home and the pandemic has seen this number leap by tens of thousands. There is very little evidence about the quality of these home deaths, and whether the right care and support was in place. The quality of care for some people at the end of their life is still not good enough. There is no right or wrong place to die; as it will be different for everyone. But it is important for families to think about it, to talk about it and to plan for it. Everyone is entitled to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. Getting there means having some
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