Wills witnessed over video links to be deemed legal during Covid-19

July 30th 2020

The Government says that wills witnessed over video links during the Covid-19 pandemic will be considered legal and valid. The move is designed to make it easier for people to record their final wishes while keeping safe and practising social distancing. Currently, the law states that a will must be made ‘in the presence of’ at least two witnesses. However, while isolating or shielding some people have understandably turned to…

Survey suggests home working could double after Covid crisis

July 29th 2020

The number of people working from home could double once the Covid-19 crisis is over, according to new research. By Carol Fish Director & Head of Personal Injury A survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says employers expected a dramatic increase as employees get used to the advantages of home working and not having to commute. CIPD surveyed 1,046 UK employers and found that…

Carol Fish, Director & Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury

Clocking the miles to raise awareness for Dementia … this week’s team update!

July 28th 2020

Team Cartmells have been busy running and walking for Dementia again this week with the miles on the clock increasing! The updates from the team are below: Zoe Calway Director has added an impressive 25.5 miles on the clock this week bringing the total miles ran by Zoe to 81 miles so far in July. Zoe has been to a variety of places this week and below are a few…

Launch of new digital registration of LPA’s should speed up process

July 24th 2020

A new digital service from the Office of the Public Guardian aims to help attorneys acting on behalf of donors of LPAs Andrew Campbell from our Wills, Probate & Inheritance team explains how: The Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) have launched a new digital service to help attorneys prove that a lasting power of attorney exists to healthcare providers, banks and other relevant organisations.A lasting power of attorney (“LPA”)…

Government extends ban on tenant evictions during Covid crisis

July 23rd 2020

The ban on evicting tenants who can’t pay their rent due to the Covid-19 crisis has been extended until 23rd August. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update: The move is to ensure that renters continue to have certainty and security. The government says that where tenants do experience financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic, they should work with their landlords to explore all…


New insolvency law prevents petition against High Street retailer

July 21st 2020

A landlord has been prevented from presenting a winding-up petition against a High Street retailer which had been unable to pay its rent as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. By Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution The High Court ruled that such a petition would be likely to contravene the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020. Neither company was named in the hearing. The court heard…

New building sites to help housing market recover after Covid-19

July 20th 2020

The government’s housing agency, Homes England, has acquired 19 sites across the country that will be used to build 5,000 new homes. Matthew Bibby Solicitor in our property team provides an update. The land is worth a total of £180 million.  It’s hoped the new homes will help boost the housing market following the Covid-19 crisis. Many of the sites were acquired in the lead-up to the financial year-end as…

Ban on business evictions due to COVID-19 extended until September

July 15th 2020

The government has extended the ban on businesses being evicted during the Covid pandemic until September. Stephanie Johnson Associate Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. The measures to protect struggling businesses include: amending the Coronavirus Act to extend the time period for suspension of the forfeiture of evictions from 30th June to 30th September 2020, meaning no business will be forced out of their premises if they…

Clocking the miles to raise awareness for Dementia … team update!

July 14th 2020

Over the last week Team Cartmells have been busy running and walking for Dementia.  There have been many miles ran and walked by the team.  Below are some updates and stories from the last week of running and walking: Zoe Calway Director, has managed to get 32 miles on the clock this week bringing her overall total to 60.5 miles already in July. One of Zoe’s favourite runs this week…

“Here I come, ready or not” – tenant loses fight to block landlord’s access for surveys

July 13th 2020

Farm landlords seeking planning permission for development will be raising a small glass to the Court of Appeal after the decision in Rees v Windsor-Clive, Earl of Plymouth according to Jonathan Carroll Head of Agriculture and Property. Agricultural Holdings Act tenants have frequently tried to block landlords from getting planning permission or from being able to implement any they obtain.  Case B of Schedule 3 to the 1986 Act allows…

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