Moratorium extended on forfeiture and CRAR
On 16th June 2021, the Government announced that it will be extending the moratorium on the forfeiture of commercial leases and CRAR (commercial rent arrears recovery) until 25th March 2022.
Legal right to work from home a step too far according to leading Thames Valley lawyer
The Government has indicated that it is going to open a consultation on the right to work from home. A leading employment lawyer from Thames Valley law firm Boyes Turner has warned that a legal right to work from home could be a step too far, with negative consequences for business, employees and local communities.
Online Safety Bill – balancing online safety and freedom of expression
The Government has signalled its commitment to improving online safety with the Online Safety Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in May. It aims to ensure greater protection of young people and to clamp down on racist abuse online, whilst also safeguarding freedom of expression. It will impose a number of obligations on digital service providers, with Ofcom receiving new powers to impose significant penalties for non-compliance.
Boyes Turner advises Chartsbridge on joint venture with Shoosmiths
A team of experts from law firm Boyes Turner have advised collections, recoveries and enforcement business Chartsbridge on its recent strategic joint venture acquisition.
Amending contracts of employment…Is fire and rehire the best approach?
Changing terms and conditions of employment is a tricky business. Whether it’s furlough, reduced hours or pay, this last year has put contracts in the spotlight. Getting employee consent is by far the least risky way of amending terms and conditions…but in the absence of their consent, are other options available? Natalie Wood, Solicitor and Emma O’Connor, Director, explain and also ask how managers can handle these essential conversations and consider Acas’ report, published yesterday on employer’s use of fire and rehire.
Can adult children bring inheritance act claims?
It is often considered by many practitioners to be the case that adult children cannot bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”). This is often because in practice many adult children have found their own way in life and have no ongoing need for financial assistance. However, the fact that the child is an adult child does not of itself prevent that child from bringing such a claim – the question for the court to consider is whether a will (or intestacy) provides reasonable financial provision for the applicant’s maintenance. This was the question the court had to consider in the recent case of Rochford v Rochford [2020].
Leasehold Ground Rent Reform – What does this mean for developers?
In May we saw both the publication and second reading in the House of Lords of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill. The terms of this Bill are unlikely to be enforceable before 2023, but if it becomes law it will apply to all dwellings (houses and flat) sold by way of a long lease (having a term of 21 years or more). It will also apply to retirement housing, but the application to this sector is due to be rolled out at a different time, with the Bill specifying that its provisions will apply to retirement housing no earlier than 1 April 2023.
Bonus payments caps and discretion in a Pandemic
As we exit from a pandemic which has had a devastating effect on many lives and businesses it may seem odd to think about bonuses. Whilst many businesses are struggling to survive, many in the tech / digital / online world have thrived and some employees will be expecting a bonus. Equally, with predictions of the largest surge in growth in the economy since the end of the Second World War many more will be contemplating their own bonus potential at the end of the current financial year.
Why a Coaching Approach?
As BT Coaching launches its new workshop series: Think Individual, Teams and Culture – Helen Goss, Partner and Head of BT Coaching asks “Why use a coaching approach?” as we begin our lift from lockdown
Tech firms and the new immigration rules – a time to seize opportunities
As with the wider economy, tech companies have now had nearly 6 months to familiarise themselves with the new immigration rules and more specifically the new Skilled Worker category. Companies which already have a Sponsor Licence are well placed to adapt to these changes, however companies who do not currently hold a sponsor licence will need to obtain one in order to recruit both non-EU and EU citizens. Any EU citizens resident in the UK before 11 pm on 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, therefore they do not require sponsorship to be able to work in the UK.

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