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Can a debtor overturn your County Court Judgment?

Catherine Rickett
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In May, it hit the news that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, had become the subject of a County Court Judgment for a debt of £535. However, before questions about what would happen if bailiffs turned up at Number 10 could be answered, Downing...

What will Natasha's Law mean for butchers?

Rebecca Ironmonger
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From 1 October 2021, the Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019, more widely known as Natasha’s Law, will come into force. Natasha’s Law was introduced into Parliament as a result of tragic deaths due to allergy sufferers’...

How to Serve & Enforce a County Court Judgment

Martin Spencer
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Getting a County Court Judgment (CCJ) is an important step in the debt recovery process and is often a relief to creditors. It is an official confirmation that the debtor owes money and must repay. However, getting the CCJ does not mean that the debtor will...

Five reasons to outsource your debt recovery

Martin Spencer
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Are your debtors giving you excuse after excuse to avoid making payment? This could be having a detrimental effect on the cashflow of your business, especially in the current climate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five reasons for you to...

Do you need to appoint an Authorised Representative to sell products into the EU?

Julia Seary
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With Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 coming into force, from 16 July 2021 every business from outside the EU selling products directly or indirectly should have either an importer or an authorised representative located in the EU acting as an ‘economic...

Data Privacy - Live Facial Recognition Technology Compliance

Julia Seary
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In an effort to address public concern about the potential for live facial recognition ( LFR ) technology to be used contrary to data privacy laws, the ICO have provided guidance on the use of LFR in public places by private companies and public...

Accidents at home

Cristina Parla
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The one place you expect to feel safe is home so when you engage a specialist to undertake any big projects or home renovations, you rightly expect to receive the highest level of service.  However, this does not always happen, and substandard and...

No Fault Divorce delayed until 2022

John Boon
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It emerged last week that, despite the legislation having passed through Parliament a year ago, the planned reforms to the Divorce System in England and Wales, which were due to be implemented this Autumn, will now be delayed until at least 6 th April...

The fight against section 57 - fundamental dishonesty

Cristina Parla
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I recently acted for a client in connection with his personal injury claim which arose as a result of a slipping accident on private property. The facts of the case are relatively straightforward, but the approach adopted by the defendant caused...

Implications for carers and Deputies - Access to sex workers

Elizabeth Young
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A decision in the case of ‘C’ has been handed down, judging him to have the capacity to engage in sexual relations and to potentially engage a sex worker and identifying issues for those who may be asked to help make such arrangements for others ...

How has Covid-19 affected the enforcement of Judgments?

Martin Spencer
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It is all very well obtaining judgment against your debtor, but that does not necessarily mean that you can turn that judgment into cash. This can often prove the most challenging part of debt recovery and has especially been the case throughout the...

Dog bite compensation claims

Amy Forman
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During “lockdown”, owning a dog has become a popular choice for many people particularly those living alone and facing months in isolation or those looking for a reason to enjoy the great outdoors.  However, many are coming to realise that...

Proposed changes to the transport regulations for poultry and livestock

Rebecca Ironmonger
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A consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (“DEFRA”) into proposed changes to the Regulations governing animal welfare in transport closed in February 2021 and has provoked much debate within industry. Rebecca...

The updated Trust Registration Service

Tamsyn Lees
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The Trust Registration Service (“TRS”) was originally set up in 2017 and only required trustees of express trusts with a relevant tax liability to register. The relevant taxes are: Income tax Capital Gains Tax Inheritance tax Stamp Duty...

Breathing Space - giving debtors time to breathe

Catherine Rickett
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As of 4th May 2021, there will be a new scheme, which will allow struggling debtors time to ‘breathe’ and time to sort out their financial struggles.  This new scheme is called The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) Guidance and comes...

Stamp Duty Holiday Extended to 30 June

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The Stamp Duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland has been extended to 30 June 2021, after it was initially scheduled to be finishing at the end of March. Following a difficult period for the housing market, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that Stamp...

No Covid vaccination, no job...?

Desley Sherwin
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About a year ago, the hot topic in employment law was the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that we all got to know and love as the furlough scheme.  The hot topic currently is the debate about mandatory vaccination . At the time of writing,...

Divorce and Tax

Ben Taylor
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We often get asked about the tax situation on divorce.  Whilst there is no one size fits all, the following is a general outline of the common tax issues that arise on a divorce or separation . Advice should always be sought at an early stage and a...

Business debt soars despite Government Covid-19 support

Catherine Rickett
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Businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to stay afloat as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the UK. Despite several recent vaccine approvals and the government introducing a range of financial support schemes – including the Furlough...

A cautious Budget?

Ben Taylor
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In the lead up to the budget a number of economic commentators urged caution in respect of an increase in tax, so as not to stifle the economic recovery of the UK. That being said, with UK national debt the highest since 1963, it was still expected that...

GDPR and Data Transfers Post-Brexit

Julia Seary
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The legal position on GDPR and personal data transfer between the UK and the EEA has changed post-Brexit as follows: EU GDPR Regulation As an EU Regulation, EU GDPR no longer applies to the UK.  However, if you operate inside the UK, you will...

Residential Property Refresher - Section 47 & Section 48 Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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Landlords still make this mistake and tenants often do not know any different so the problem isn’t trained away and continues to reoccur.  So what is the problem? Failing to comply with s.47 and s.48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 The...

Are People Becoming More Reliant on Their Inheritance?

Tim Russ
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Will and inheritance claims have been significantly increasing for many years now. According to the Ministry of Justice reporting in the Times last year, in 2016, the number of individuals seeking to claim a share or a larger proportion of a deceased...

What you need to know about the Brexit food and drink labelling changes

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The way food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers label food is changing as of January 1 2021, and you need to be ready. When the UK exited the European Union on 31 January 2020, the transition period was set in motion which ends on...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Short term work in the UK

Desley Sherwin
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With the Brexit/Withdrawal Agreement coming into effect, freedom of movement between the EU and UK has ended. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens entering the UK for work purposes may need to apply for a visa through the UK’s points-based immigration system....

Brexit and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Q&A

Desley Sherwin
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This article aims to answer some questions about UK farm employers’ access to seasonal workers under the Government’s extended Seasonal Workers Pilot. The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 marks the end of freedom of...

What's on the horizon in leasehold reform?

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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The Government has confirmed that legislation will be bought forward allowing leaseholders to extend their leases by a maximum of 990 years at zero ground rent, turning away from the 50-year lease extension with ground for leasehold houses and a 90-year...

The Impact of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for UK Businesses and Trade

Julia Seary
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Following ten rounds of intense negotiations in the run up to Christmas, the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement (the TCA ) came into provisional effect at 11pm on 31 December 2020 when the European (Future Relationship) Act 2020 (the 2020 Act ) came...

EU-UK TCA - what does it mean for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones?

Julie Robinson
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This brief article considers environmental regulations and, taking Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) as an example, whether UK authorities are likely to deregulate and relax requirements following the end of the transition period and the provisional coming...

Brexit and cross-compliance

Julie Robinson
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Does Brexit mean an end to Cross-Compliance? That is the Government’s plan for England. Cross compliance is a core feature of the CAP direct payments regime and rural development agri-environment schemes. Leaving the EU means that the UK is no...

EU-UK TCA - what does it mean for the EU's Precautionary Principle?

Julie Robinson
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The precautionary principle generally puts a check on decision-making when scientific evidence about an environmental hazard is uncertain and the risks are potentially high, while critics would argue that it can hold back innovation and progress. It is a...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Trade in agricultural products Q&A

Julie Robinson
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This article aims to answer some questions following the Trade and Cooperation Agreement concluded between the UK and the EU and provisionally in force from 1 January 2021. Why can’t my seed potatoes be sold into the EU from 1 January 2021? This...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Organics Q&A

Julie Robinson
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This brief article aims to answer some questions about the certification, labelling and trading of organic food products following the provisional coming into force of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 1 January 2021. Can organic products...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Protected Geographical Indications

Julie Robinson
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This brief article aims to answer some questions about the use of Protected Geographical Indications following the provisional coming into force of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 1 January 2021. From 1 January 2021 the names of UK...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and The Groceries Code

Julie Robinson
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Will the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator change as a result of the EU/UK trade deal? Nothing in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement impacts directly on the Groceries Supply Code of Practice or the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator. The...

A New Tax on Wealth

Ben Taylor
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A new tax on wealth is being considered and a report by The Wealth Tax Commission has been released this month making recommendations to the Government.  To find out how such changes could affect you as a taxpayer and whether you should review your...

Personal injury claims in winter

Cristina Parla
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Our Personal Injury team recently took part in #SolicitorChat, a conversation on Twitter where solicitors answer questions on a set topic.  A recent one covered personal injury claims in winter, and we thought our answers would provide a useful...

Preventing prosecution for alleged Fraud Act offences.

Rebecca Ironmonger
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A medium sized food processing factory which produces products such as donor kebabs for the national and international market was raided by Trading Standards and the National Food Crime Unit at the Food Standards Agency (“FSA”) and subsequently...

Do you know your legal rights as a cyclist?

Amy Forman
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Cyclists: The ‘menaces’ that provoke fury amongst road users like no others. Cognitive Scientist Tom Stafford argues that motorists hate cyclists because they believe that they disrupt the ‘moral order’ of the road. Contrary to...

Notice periods: update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Shola Khan
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The Government have today (13 November 2020) updated the extended Coronavirus Job retention Scheme (CJRS) in relation to notice pay. As you may be aware, the CJRS has been extended to 31 March 2021 with a review of the scheme in January 2021. Under the...

Chancellor looking to "rebuild funds" with new tax regime

Ben Taylor
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This week, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has released a report on Capital Gains Tax (CGT). These follow a request by Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to “identify opportunities relating to administrative and technical issues as well...

Furlough Guidance clarified

Desley Sherwin
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Less than 48 hours after it was issued, the latest furlough scheme guidance has been revised to correct some errors: 1. In relation to the expiry of fixed term contracts and rehiring, the correct date is now confirmed as 23 September 2020 (not 23 October...

New Charity Commission user-friendly guides for trustees

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The Commission has published a range of user-friendly guides for trustees. Launched in Trustees’ Week 2020, the five x 5-minute guides cover a ‘core syllabus’ of basic information that should help trustees run their charities effectively....

Extension of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Desley Sherwin
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Just as we waved a fond farewell to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, so it has returned! The Chancellor has announced this afternoon that the Scheme will remain open until 31 March 2021. All we know at the moment is that for claim periods running to...

Data protection and security

Julia Seary
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Businesses are reminded to ensure their systems and processes are as secure as possible following the Information Commissioner's latest fines against two organisations for data breaches. In October, British Airways was fined £20 million for ...

Make sure Halloween doesn't turn into a nightmare!

Victoria Stevenson
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Despite the horrors of the Pandemic it seems children and their parents may still be blowing blow the cobwebs off their costumes this Halloween ready to threaten unimaginable horrors if not rewarded with chocolate and sweets, so it is time to perhaps think...

New Debt Letter Rules - What Does Your Business Need to Do?

Catherine Rickett
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The way your business must deal with individual debtors is changing. On 7 October 2020, the Treasury announced new rules for debt letters that are less intimidating and provide more support for people in debt. The law is expected to be officially changed in...

The Overall Arrangements for Possession Proceedings in England and Wales; Guidance

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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After several months of possession claims being stayed, the stay has now been lifted. The Master of the Rolls has set up a working group to address concerns about the consequences of the current stay on housing possession claims ending.  The group...

Fines for employers who permit self-isolating workers to work

Desley Sherwin
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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 have come into effect from midnight last night.  Regulation 7 makes it an offence for an employer to knowingly permit a worker (including an agency worker)...