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UK Supreme Court rules Uber drivers must be classified as workers

UK Supreme Court rules Uber drivers must be classified as workers

The online taxi firm, Uber has lost its appeal in the Supreme Court on driver’s rights in a gig economy test. The UK’s highest Court in England and Wales made a landmark ruling on Friday 19 February 2021, that drivers should be classed as workers and not ‘independent third-party contractors’, making them entitled to employment …

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‘Framing Britney Spears’ – the US’s Conservatorship, the UK’s Deputyship and when it applies

When questions were raised on Britney Spears’ mental capacity after she shaved her head and attacked a paparazzi car with an umbrella in 2007, she was not long after placed under a Court sanctioned conservatorship in favour of her father, Jamie Spears. Mr Spears has since been authorised to manage Britney’s personal affairs, including her …

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Eviction bans in England and Wales extended

Eviction bans in England and Wales further extended

Since our last article on 17 December 2020 regarding the government’s decision to extend the ban on eviction of commercial tenants, further developments have been made. The pandemic has continued into the new year and with new lockdown measures in place until at least 21 February 2021, the government has been reviewing and updating the …

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Ban on eviction of tenants extended

Commercial Leases: Ban on eviction of tenants extended until 31 March 2021

On 9 December 2020, the government announced that the ban on eviction of commercial property tenants will be extended until the 31 March 2021. The moratorium on commercial landlords exercising forfeiture rights for non-payment of rent was due to end on 31 December 2020, meaning the ban will have lasted just over a year since …

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What are the Government’s new Coronavirus Act Regulations 2020

What are the Government’s new Coronavirus Act Regulations 2020 and what impact do they have on Notices seeking Possession served before 29 August 2020?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has been amended by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment)(England) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”). The Regulations, introduced by the Government on 29 August 2020, add further restrictions to the termination of residential tenancies in England. Section 21 Notices for Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) To issue a section …

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What you need to know: Return of the Crown Preference

What you need to know: Return of the Crown Preference

What is Crown Preference? In insolvency procedures, creditors are repaid according to a strict statutory hierarchy which sets out the order of priority of creditors. The money realised from the assets of an insolvent company is applied to meet claims of creditors in a set order of priority. The lower down the hierarchy a creditor …

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Cancelling Shares - Different Options for Private Companies

Cancelling Shares – Different Options for Private Companies

Can a Company cancel its own shares? Following incorporation, private companies might find that as the business has grown and developed, they have a complex capitalisation structure in place involving various classes of shares, both equity and deferred, and employee incentives and loan instruments. A simple solution may be for the company to reorganise the …

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – What are they and do I need one?

Lasting Powers of Attorney – What are they and do I need one?

What is Lasting Power of Attorney?   A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a legal document which you prepare in readiness of one day having to need it. As a result, although many people think it is unnecessary and can be avoided, they are only useful during your lifetime and especially beneficial in unexpected …

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5% Government First Time Buyer Scheme

Following the stamp-duty holiday, the Government announces a 5% deposit mortgage scheme for first-time buyers

What can first time buyers expect with the 5% mortgage scheme? What we know so far With an intention to ‘fix our broken housing market’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new long-term, fixed rate, 5% deposit mortgage scheme for first-time buyers on Tuesday 6 October 2020. As part of his vision to rebuild post …

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