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Briefing Notes

Court Examines Balance of Risk Between Landlord and Tenant

During the pandemic, the relationship between commercial landlords and tenants has been subjected to pressures, the likes of which we have not seen before. As the immediate pressures recede, the property world has been thinking about how future pandemic risk should be factored-in and about the balance of economic risk between commercial property owners and […]

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Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA)

CIGA came into force in June 2020 with a number of temporary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A key measure, introduced by CIGA, was the restriction on using the winding-up process. Restrictions on winding-up petitions extended On 22 June 2021, the temporary restrictions on winding-up petitions and orders were extended from 30 June […]

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Eviction ban ending for landlords wishing to recover possession

The UK government confirmed last week that the temporary ban on residential rental property evictions enforced by bailiffs in England, brought in during the coronavirus pandemic, will end on 31st May 2021. In addition, eviction notice periods which (save for some exceptions where the notice period may be as little as 4 weeks) were previously […]

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Druces announces Charity of the Year

It is a great pleasure to announce that Druces’ Charity of the Year is Young Minds. Young Minds works with young people to address their mental health needs. Indeed, it is the UK’s leading charity in this field, working towards a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever their challenges. You can […]

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AstraZeneca/EU contract – what it really says

The background and narrative of this ugly dispute has been widely reported of late, and the ‘vaccine nationalism’ that has ensued has further damaged an already fragile relationship between the EU and the UK, with pharmaceutical companies and the vulnerable populations of the whole of Europe and the world unceremoniously caught in the middle. What […]

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Supreme Court rules in Business Insurance Case

The Supreme Court last week handed down judgment in the important case concerning business interruption insurance – The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others. This new Judgment has been eagerly awaited by businesses up and down the country, hoping that insurers would have to pay out on claims brought under business interruption policies and […]

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Travel to France – when Brexit and Covid collide

Travel limitations to France  The UK government has stated that, even after Brexit, tourist travel to the EU is still permitted, for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, at present, with the Covid pandemic this is not strictly true. Travel to France from the UK is currently very limited (more […]

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Making and challenging Wills in the COVID-19 era

Sometimes the law changes quickly. In a Budget speech, a chancellor may announce new measures that have effect immediately and trigger a flurry of activity as advisers and clients come to terms with new rules, suddenly imposed. It is fair to say, however, that the pace of change in the law is sometimes slower than […]

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An interview with…

Julian Washington speaks to Druces’ staff about their experiences of 2020 In many ways 2020 has been a year which people would like to forget. The global pandemic has had an enormous impact and, even among those of us who escaped its worst effects, personal lives and business strategies have been disrupted on a large […]

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