Shops and SMEs to be protected against aggressive rent collection

April 29th 2020

Stephanie Johnson Associate Solicitor provides an update. Shops and small businesses will be protected from aggressive rent collection during the Covid-19 emergency. Instead, Business Secretary Alok Sharma says they will be asked to pay what they can over the next two months. Mr Sharma says most landlords and tenants are working well together to reach agreements on debt obligations, but some landlords have been putting tenants under undue pressure by…

Cumbrian firm lobbies government for more support for SMEs as survey reveals more than 30% face permanent closure

April 29th 2020

A LEADING Cumbria legal firm is backing calls for the government to do more to help small and medium sized businesses with more than 30 per cent at risk of going out of business if the COVID-19 lockdown continues. New research conducted by the UK200Group an organisation which represents the country’s leading law and accountancy firms, shows that more than 500,000 people in the North West are at risk of…

Peter Stafford

Health staff who die fighting Covid-19 exempt from inheritance tax …

April 29th 2020

Nicholas Devlin Solicitor in our Wills, Probate & Inheritance team provides an update. NHS and emergency service workers who die in the line of duty fighting Covid-19 will be exempt from Inheritance Tax liability on their estates. The exemption, which was originally introduced for members of the armed forces, was extended in 2015 to include the police, fire service and health care workers who are killed while carrying out their…

Nicholas Devlin

How have you adapted to working from home during lockdown?

April 28th 2020

Terri Hope Marketing Manager talks about how she is coping during lockdown. Where are you working from now? Home. The first week I was sat at the breakfast bar but my partner has now made me a desk so I can sit in our lounge and look out of the window. It is a much nicer view! What has been most difficult about working remotely? Being separated from my colleagues,…

Terri Hope

Landlord and Tenant repossessions and trespassers during COVID-19

April 27th 2020

Mark Aspin Director and Head of Dispute Resolution provides an update As we have previously reported, as a result of the Coronavirus Act and changes to the court rules, tenants in both commercial and residential properties have been given extra protection to avoid eviction during government restrictions and the coronavirus pandemic. The courts have now, however, modified the general stay on possession proceedings that was granted recently(1) and added the…

Mark Aspin

Here to give you peace of mind during these worrying times

April 27th 2020

Reassuring message from our Marketing Director Carol Fish We are here for you throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help give you peace of mind in these worrying times. With lockdown extended as anticipated, we all continue to adapt to a different way of life. As a business Cartmell Shepherd has had to adapt too – and quickly – in order to continue to meet our clients’ needs and to help…

Carol Fish

Will my family court case still go ahead during COVID19 Pandemic?

April 23rd 2020

Amy Fallows Associate Solicitor in our Family Law Department provides some helpful advice. The coronavirus has significantly affected the court system but it hasn’t closed it completely. Court staff have been working round the clock to maintain access to justice. This means that it is still possible to make a court application in the family court and many court hearings are still going ahead. The use of technology Court applications…

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Lake District Radio Business Show with Joanne Stronach

April 20th 2020

Today saw the launch of the UK HMRC Furlough scheme. Lake District Radio had a Q&A session live on the radio with Joanne Stronach who joined by telephone. The show was broadcast on Lake District Radio on the 20th April 2020 and is available below. PODCAST

If COVID19 is prompting you to make your will, expert solicitors are adapting the way they work to give you peace of mind

April 20th 2020

COVID19 has seen an upsurge in people making wills, wanting to make sure their wishes are down on paper for their family and friends. With people wanting to put their affairs in order quickly, expert solicitors have adapted the way they work, so they can comply with COVID-19 social distancing regulations and yet still provide a full professional and personal service which gives customers peace of mind. Zoe Calway Director…

Zoe Calway

The concerning rise in domestic violence due to COVID-19

April 20th 2020

Amy Fallows Associate Solicitor in our family law team provides some advice to those who find themselves in this situation. Recent statistics show that reports of domestic violence and killings have doubled since the COVID-19 lockdown, this is the highest it has been in the last 11 years and is of great concern. Even for healthy relationships, the lockdown poses a challenge. For those relationships that are already toxic, or…

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