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Coronavirus forfeiture extension

A Coronavirus forfeiture extension provides temporary relief for many businesses struggling in the current conditions. From 29th June the moratorium introduced by s.82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 prohibiting commercial landlords from exercising their right to forfeit leases for non-payment of rent has been extended to 30 September under The Business Tenancies (Protection from Forfeiture: […]

Moving forward with the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill

On 8 June 2020 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill came one step closer to being passed into law as it had its second reading in the House of Commons. At the end of the debate MPs voted, with the majority in favour of the Bill. The Bill aims to bring about a change to […]

Probate applications surge as COVID-19 restrictions relaxed

Due to a surge in probate applications, HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has warned that it will be hard to predict how long it will take for grants of probate to issue in the coming weeks. After May saw around half the usual number of probate applications, there has been a recent surge due […]

Media portrayal of ‘Quickie Divorce’ incorrect

A recent article in The Independent incorrectly implied that the proposed divorce reforms will pave the way for a ‘quickie divorce’. The article highlighted the economic disadvantages being faced by woman on divorce if finances have not being addressed properly during negotiations and legal advice has not been sought. It also speculated that the new […]

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