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Insolvency measures extended to support struggling businesses

March 31st 2021
 

The Government has extended its temporary insolvency measures to support businesses struggling during the pandemic. Sam Lyon Associate Solicitor and Head of Corporate & Commercial provides an update. The measures were introduced in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act in March 2020, including protecting businesses from aggressive creditor enforcement and removing personal liability on company directors. They are being extended till the end of June 2021. The extension means that: Statutory…

Government extends support for commercial and residential tenants

March 29th 2021
 

The government has extended the ban on evicting commercial tenants until 30th June 2021. Natalie Tatton Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. The move is designed to help those worst affected by the pandemic, such as bars and restaurants, get back to business when doors fully reopen for hospitality no earlier than 17th May. Residential tenants will also be supported as the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in…

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White worker wins race discrimination claim against food company

March 25th 2021
 

A white worker at a firm producing Asian food was racially discriminated against after his supervisor told him to “go and work for an English company”. Claire Davies Director and Employment & HR Solicitor reports. The case involved Colin Sorby who worked at Mumtaz Foods on a zero-hour contract with Bradford Management Services. In October 2019, his supervisor Azeem Akhtar told him that Mumtaz Foods was an Asian company and…

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New recruits join legal firm

March 23rd 2021
 

A LEADING legal firm has recruited two new staff members to its growing team. Holly Berwick and Sarah Heal have joined Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors as part of its continued expansion. Holly is a solicitor with the Agriculture team, based at the firm’s office in Cockermouth. Sarah is a private client executive with its Wills, Probate and Inheritance team based at the Rosehill office in Carlisle. Holly Berwick, has returned to…

Support Available to SMEs – A Handy Guide to Help You

March 18th 2021
 

On 3rd March Rishi Sunak introduced a number of new measures of support for SMEs as part of his budget.  He also extended some of the existing schemes as well as announcing some new initiatives designed to support the survival, growth and development of businesses. From the extension of furlough to a continuance of business rate relief for retail, hospitality and leisure, right through to grants, a new VAT deferral…

Children to be removed from their mother and returned to father …

March 17th 2021
 

The Family Court has ordered that two children who were wrongfully removed from Italy by their mother must be returned to their father in Rome. This is a timely reminder that children cannot be removed from a country where they are habitually resident without the consent of both parents. Many children may have become resident in England as a result of lockdown. It is important to remember that they now…

How will employees’ rights be affected post lockdown?

March 16th 2021
 

Thinking it over with Carol Fish Director & Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury… After Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his roadmap to ending lockdown in England, thoughts for many employers are turning to how they will bring their teams back into offices when restrictions ease. The widespread administration of the vaccine in the UK is good news for many employers to help working life slowly return to normal over time.…

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Divorced couple in dispute over share of wife’s £2m pension fund …

March 10th 2021
 

A wife has lost her appeal to reduce the amount her husband should be awarded from her pension fund as part of their divorce settlement. For many clients retaining their pension pot is very important. This is a good reminder that the sharing principle is firmly applied to pension accrued during the marriage. Amy Fallows, Head of Family Law reports on this recent case. The husband and wife, who were…

Bullied NHS employee given fake task as a prank awarded £10,000

March 9th 2021
 

An NHS employee has been awarded nearly £10,000 after she was subjected to a series of cruel and bullying tricks by her co-workers. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR reports. Carol Hurley began work as a deputy finance business partner for East Sussex NHS Trust in October 2016. The following summer she received a ‘joke’ email from her line manager Stella Armstrong to ‘remind’ her that she…

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SME Outlook Tracker – Your expectations for the next 12 months

March 5th 2021
 

We are now a full year into the Covid-19 pandemic and this pandemic has impacted us all – personally and professionally – in so many ways.   We will be feeling the effects for many years to come. With the latest announcements from Rishi Sunak in terms of support and other measures for businesses and individuals, now is a good time to be asking you, as SMEs, how you are faring…

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