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Monthly Archives: March 2020

COMMENTARY: Making a Will during the Coronavirus Outbreak

For more than 180 years, English law has prescribed that a Will is only binding and valid if a testator and two witnesses sign it in each other’s presence. Of course, this is not the only element of executing a Will that makes it valid, but it is the aspect causing the most practical difficulty […]

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COMMENTARY: Companies House Practice During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Does my business still have to file at Companies House? All companies must file their accounts, reports and confirmation statements at Companies House every year. If a company’s accounts are filed late, the law imposes an automatic financial penalty. Although we are facing daily changes and challenges as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, it […]

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Lay-off and short time working in the current COVID-19 Crisis

What goes around comes around, but not always in the same guise. Clients with long memories may recall that a significant part of the legal background to the UK’s industrial unrest in the 1970s and 1980s was the rules around lay-offs and short time working, or “LOST”. The legislation has been relatively little used since […]

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COMMENTARY: Conveyancing During the Public Health Crisis

Background Introduction The current outbreak of Coronavirus is having an impact on almost every aspect of our lives and the lives of our clients.  In the property sector, thought is being given to adapting our usual procedures: the aim is to ensure that transactions can continue so far as possible in this period when working […]

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Covid-19: Postpone or Adjourn your AGM?

The 2020 annual general meeting (“AGM”) season is rapidly approaching, and one question that will most likely be at the forefront of directors’ minds is what contingency plans should they have in place for the AGM, in light of the outbreak of Covid-19 and the UK Government’s advice to follow social distancing and self-isolation? Jack […]

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COMMENTARY: IR35 off-payroll changes postponed

As part of the Government’s response to Covid-19, the introduction of reforms to IR35 (which will make medium and large organisations in the private and third sectors responsible for determining the tax status of contractors) has been delayed until 6 April 2021. This means that the responsibility for making that determination will remain with the contractor’s personal […]

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COMMENTARY: Cash is Key – Is your business prepared for the Coronavirus crisis?

The Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis with huge repercussions. The implications for businesses are significant and many in the hospitality and leisure sector have already been placed in a perilous financial position (having had to close their doors unexpectedly this week following government advice that people should avoid bars, restaurants and theatres). The financial […]

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COMMENTARY: Coronavirus / Covid-19 on Force Majeure

Background Introduction Coronavirus / Covid-19 has caused and continues to cause significant business disruption, from fulfilment of deliveries, disruption to supply of services, closure of shops and hospitality venues and cancellation of events. A question for many businesses is whether commercial parties can rely on force majeure clauses in their contracts to avoid the contractual […]

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Billingsgate Ward Club Annual Civic Lunch

Neil Pfister is an IT lawyer who advises some of the fastest moving businesses the modern Tech market. But when Neil – Commercial Partner at Druces LLP – is not advising state-of-the-art IT companies he can sometimes be found elsewhere in the City, carrying out a rather more traditional role. Neil is in fact the […]

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