October 5, 2020
What is Leasehold Enfranchisement? There are two types of property ownership, freehold or leasehold. Freehold is the outright ownership of the property, including the land it is build on with no time limit to the ownership. Owners of leasehold properties own the property for a fixed term (as set out in the lease) but not the land on which it stands on with the ownership of the property reverting to the freeholder at the end of the lease term, unless the lease is extended....
September 28, 2020
Chloe Evans is a chartered legal executive in our private client team at Larcomes, assisting and advising clients in all aspects of Private Client Law, including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship application and administration of estates. She has established a rapport with local care homes and authorities to ensure that clients are given the best care and professional support. Chloe enjoys meeting new clients and has always focused on providing them with support, guidance and practical legal solutions. We caught up with her to...
September 21, 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus has continued to impact on many businesses and that of day to day life, and whilst we have started to see some return to normal, the Government is still introducing restrictions and regulations (as set out in the Coronavirus Act 2020) on an ad-hoc basis which could cause disruption to many businesses’ ability to perform their contractual obligations. In this instance, some businesses may look to rely on a force majeure clause to excuse parties from performing their obligations or from...
September 14, 2020
Conveyancing Buying or selling a property and the conveyancing process involved is often complex for both buyer and seller and some of the information or unfamiliar legal terms can seem confusing if you have not heard of them before. Our Conveyancing FAQ aims to help you make sense of the conveyancing process and explains some of the common conveyancing legal terms. What does conveyancing mean? Conveyancing, in its most simple form, is the area of law that involves the preparation of documents necessary for the...
September 7, 2020
Personal Protective Equipment Whilst PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) has become more prevalent in the press recently due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, it has long been an established requirement for employers to provide PPE that is both suitable of the task in hand and that is also in good condition. Most of the law in England and Wales regarding PPE can be found here, in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. In addition to providing the correct PPE, employers must also ensure that...
September 2, 2020
On the 17th July 2020, The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) launched a new digital service, called ‘Use a lasting power of attorney’ tool which will improve the process, making it easier for those acting as an attorney to contact organisations like banks and healthcare providers. The online tool is set to improve the speed with which they can make important decisions, such as those regarding the care of property of a loved one and will maintain safeguards to protect the elderly and vulnerable...
August 27, 2020
The Furlough Scheme Earlier this year, the Government introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The retention scheme was put in place to allow all UK businesses with employees on a PAYE scheme to designate those employees as ‘furloughed workers’ putting them on leave and allowing them to stay on the payroll, with the Government funding 80% of their salaries up to £2,500 a month, with the intention to assist businesses throughout the coronavirus outbreak and to prevent...
July 29, 2020
Stamp Duty Holiday Announced As part of the many plans put in place to assist the economy following the coronavirus crisis and to boost the property market, home buyers have been given a welcome temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons in a special statement at lunchtime on 8 July that he would immediately increase the ‘nil-rate’ band of stamp duty from £125,000 to £500,000. The ‘stamp...
March 27, 2020
Investment can be crucial for businesses. However, it is important to be aware of any potential legal issues. With the right approach, you can get the money you need while at the same time ensure your business is properly protected. Talking with shareholders You may well have come up with a brilliant deal for an investor to potentially revolutionise your company. However, in the excitement of making the deal you do have to remember that it has to go through the proper channels and part...
March 26, 2020
Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus, HASAG has had to cancel all of its free coffee mornings until further notice. These coffee mornings have always been a well-attended and much needed place for anyone with an asbestos-related disease and their family and friends to come along and meet others, throughout the South of England, South East, London and the Home Counties. HASAG have been looking into other ways of offering support to their patients during this unprecedented time and have created a Virtual Coffee Morning Group on...