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Guest Blog: Josie Birnie, Head of Private Client Development at Labrums 2020 has been a year like no other, and one of my highlights of the last few months has been the latest series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! I, like many, have been glued to the screen this autumn, and we can only imagine the usual preparation for this popular TV show… Packing, including bikini/trunks, one luxury item, toothbrush, passport; Fake tan and personal grooming (a must before being seen by millions on a daily basis with no make-up artist); Clear diary (optimistically assuming you’ll make it to the end).

A ban on evictions, first introduced in March to protect businesses suffering due to Covid-19, has been extended until the end of the year, it was announced last month. The commercial rent protection period, intended to give ailing businesses breathing space to recover from losses incurred during lockdown and beyond, means that landlords are barred from evicting their tenants if they cannot pay their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UK Governement introduces the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2020

  The snappily entitled Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) became law on 26 June 2020.  It introduced a range of important (and in some cases permanent) changes to Insolvency law in an attempt to address certain issues made pressing by the difficulties facing many businesses as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Here we examine one of those permanent changes to the law, one which has curtailed the options available to those who regularly supply goods and services to corporate customers and interferes with the traditional freedom of contract.

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As a result of the pandemic, the government placed a moratorium on evictions of tenants which prevented any evictions taking place.  This was due to be lifted on 23 August 2020, however, it has now been extended by a further 4 weeks. In addition, until at least 31 March 2021, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, most landlords will not be able to start possession proceedings unless they have given their tenants six-month notice. This applies to notices being served to private and social tenancies, from 29 August 2020 up to an including March 2021.

There are a number of good reasons for writing a will. One of the biggest is to save your loved ones from the uncertainty that can arise when someone dies ‘intestate’, which means that haven’t written a will before the time of death. Will writing kits can be bought cheaply and may seem like good value at the time, compared to the expense of hiring a solicitor. However, creating a will without legal expertise will not always guarantee the security and assurance it appears to offer. This is why it is vitally important to get your will written properly.

  Moving house is never easy. From the point of exchange right through to completion and moving day, it can feel as though there are 101 things to think about, and it can become difficult to know where to begin! From organising utility bills to ensuring that your insurance and TV license is all arranged, it can be easy to fall behind, and all of a sudden, your house-move dream becomes a house-move nightmare. 

Guest blog from one of our expert litigation solicitors, Clare Jones    “neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend” Shakespeare recognised that lending between friends and family has always been high risk – and never more so than now. That being said, it’s natural at times like these to want to help family members and close friends who might be struggling financially through no fault of their own by lending money for a short period.  However, the cost of getting things wrong may not just be an inability to recover money lent; it may also rupture relationships that may take years to mend.

At Labrums, we pride ourselves on delivering a customer service that we can be proud of but more importantly, one which meets our clients' needs. From wills and probate to property conveyancing and commercial law, we work with a wide range of clients with different wants and needs.  We recognise that while each client is unique they have common requirements. They all want a fast, efficient service they can rely upon delivered in a way that suits them and takes away as much of the issues about using lawyers as possible.

Half of all adults do not have a Will. Even those who have made one probably haven't reviewed or updated it for some time.  There are many reasons given for not making a Will. Most of them are just plain wrong or because someone is unaware of the purpose of the importance of writing a Will.

What are the duties of a Director? As outlined by Companies House a director must; Act within their powers under the company’s constitution. Promote the success of the company. Exercise independent judgment. Exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence. Avoid conflicts of interest. 

What is a Company Director? Someone that is elected or appointed to manage a company’s business and affairs is a company director. Every registered company must have at least one director whose responsibility is to promote the interests of the company and not their own.

Directors’ duties and emergency changes to UK insolvency legislation in the light of the pandemic - It is clear to everyone that a vast number of businesses, large and small, are suffering severe economic hardship as a result of the restrictions introduced by the Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  With contested wills and estates on the rise; how can you ensure your Will can stand up in court? It would be nice to think that once you have made the effort to draw up and sign your will, your estate will definitely pass, on your death to the beneficiaries you have chosen. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are two different ways in which your will and estate can be contested following your death and the number of such claims going to Court is showing an upward trend;

Royal Mail are once again providing a free service to send your child a personalised letter from Santa.All you need to do is send a letter to Santa with your child's name, and your address by Friday 6th December to receive a personalised letter. You can also send a letter for you class at school. Santa aims to reply to children before December 24 - or Christmas Eve. Santa/Father Christmas,Santa's Grotto,Reindeerland,XM4 5HQ Royal Mail Privacy Policy  

Until relatively recently land was the dominant source of wealth and so land law was one of the most important areas of law. The history of English land law can be traced to Roman times but current land law has its roots in the feudal system established after the Norman Conquest.

Before buying a small business, you should consider commercial issues including the following: - whether to commission a pre-purchase audit; whether to work within the business itself to see what the cash receipts are in practice;

 When Michael Labrum formed Labrums Solicitors in 1990 he set out to create something a little different. Michael Labrum says "I was never happy with the way in which solicitors practices were run. They seemed to me to focus too much on the needs and view point of the solicitors providing the services and not enough on the clients 

Labrums are currently offering our Will writing service at the discounted rate of £249 plus VAT for a single Will (usually costing £325 plus VAT) or £449 plus VAT for mirror/couples Wills (usually £550 plus VAT).

Labrums Solicitors have reached the finals in the Access to Justice category of the 2019 UK Diversity Legal Awards.

Where did it come from?Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), was first brought to the UK by a German-born botanist named Philipp von Siebold who found the plant growing on the sides of volcanoes in Japan in 1840.Von Siebold collected samples to take to his nursery in Leiden (Holland). In August 1850 the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew received a gift parcel of plants including Japanese Knotweed from von Siebold’s nursery.