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Druces’ Private Client team wins prestigious Chambers Directory ranking

It was announced today that Chambers and Partners, publishers of the prestigious guide to the legal profession, has added Druces to its ranked London law firms in the field of “Private Wealth” law.  Partner, Rob Macro, is also ranked individually as a “notable practitioner”. These accolades mark another milestone in the growth of the Private […]

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COMMENTARY: The Landlord and Tenant Code of Practice

The Government has published the Landlord and Tenant Code of Practice in response to the impact of coronavirus on landlords and tenants in the commercial property sector. Covering the whole of the UK, the Code of Practice is intended to advise and reinforce good practice amongst landlords and tenants during these unprecedented times. This is […]

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COMMENTARY: Planning for a renaissance on the high street

What lasting effects may the coronavirus pandemic have on the high street? The closing of the high street during the current pandemic has had enormously serious consequences for all the businesses operating there. As we start to look forward to the further easing of the lockdown during June, we have to wonder what the lasting […]

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Directors Beware: The Preference Risk After The Pandemic

The UK Government’s new insolvency measures are broadly designed to provide businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic with breathing space and to enable them to keep trading during lockdown without having to enter a formal insolvency process or risk personal liability for their directors. The relaxation of the rules on wrongful trading is designed to […]

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The impact of coronavirus on Commercial Agents and Rights to Payment

Given the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, commercial agents may be at risk of having their agency agreements terminated by their principals. A commercial agent is an individual, partnership or company with continuing authority to negotiate, or negotiate & conclude, a sale or purchase of goods on behalf of its principal. A commercial agent […]

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Locations au Royaume-Uni: Les propriétaires non-résidents ont jusqu’au 5 juillet pour déposer la déclaration annuelle

Les revenus locatifs de source britannique perçus par des non-résidents sont imposables au Royaume-Uni. Ces derniers ayant la fâcheuse tendance d’oublier de déclarer leurs loyers, l’administration fiscale britannique (‘HMRC’) demande aux locataires de prélever un impôt à la source de 20% sur les loyers payés. Si la location se fait par le biais d’une agence […]

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COMMENTARY: Government announces coronavirus furlough scheme changes

When the UK went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined the details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme allows furloughed staff to receive 80% of their wages paid for by the Government with the remaining 20% paid by the employer at their discretion. However as Chancellor Sunak announced […]

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French Law Update: notaires can receive their clients’ consent by video

In France, notarial deeds have previously only been valid if all the parties are physically present or represented at the meeting with the notaire and all the parties (or their representatives) sign the physical deed together. Since freedom of movement was restricted by the French Government following the coronavirus crisis, the traditional notarial procedure was […]

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COMMENTARY: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

On Wednesday 20 May 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill was laid before Parliament. The measures contained in the Bill are designed to provide support to businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and aid economic survival and recovery. The Bill will apply in England & Wales and is expected to come into force on the […]

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