COVID-19: Information Hub

Our teams will continue to bring you the latest news, insights and updates to guidelines in the legal sector, as we reflect on the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Our focus will be on assisting clients transitioning back to work and adjusting to changes in their lives and their businesses, as well as working with clients to explore new markets and new business opportunities.

How can we help?
Many of our lawyers are now back in the office, with the remainder continuing to work remotely. Either way, they can be contacted on their usual contact details.

Visitors to our offices currently remain by appointment only. Contact us to make an appointment.

Legal document review during Covid-19?
If you have a legal document that you would like to have an initial no cost, no obligation discussion with one of our team about, please send us a message and upload your documents to start the process. Note: Our family team can offer an initial fixed appointment for one hour at a cost of £250 plus VAT. However, if you choose to instruct us the cost of the meeting will be credited against your first invoice.  Submit your document here >
 

News in brief

In light of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a series of measures to help with small retailers with business rates for the upcoming financial year.

Business Rate Info >

What is The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)?

Business Loan Scheme Info >

CCFF is a new scheme announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, designed to support liquidity amongst the larger firms within the UK.

Financing Facility info >

In a further move to aid the economy, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the Government’s economic rescue package amidst the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

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Insight & news for business and families

If you have a legal document that you would like to have an initial no cost, no obligation discussion with one of our team about, please send us a message and upload your documents to start the process.

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Insight for your business

Our commercial law teams are writing daily insights about the ever changing situation we all find ourselves in and the effects it is having on business.

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Insight for you and your family

Our Private Client and Family law teams are updating the hub with information that may help you or your family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Speak to our lawyers

If you have a legal document that you would like to have an initial no cost, no obligation discussion with one of our team about, please send us a message and upload your documents to start the process.

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Camberley

Building 2,  Watchmoor Park, 
Riverside Way, Camberley,
Surrey, GU15 3YL
+44 (0) 1276 686 222

Wokingham

New office coming soon
+44 (0) 118 977 4045

London

60 St Martins Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4JS
+44 (0) 203 755 0557

 

How can we help your business?

Banking and Finance: Financial support packages are available to businesses across the UK (including the Covid Corporate Financing Facility or the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). We can run through these options with you and help your business find a solution that works for you.

Corporate: Businesses continue to reorganise in order to adapt to ongoing changes and opportunities as a result of COVID-19. Our experienced team can advise you on restructuring your business to separate out divisions and maximise your business’ efficiency and opportunities.

Commercial: As businesses explore new opportunities and move in to new markets, it is important that these arrangements are properly documented to preserve value creation and reduce the scope of problems emerging further down the line. We provide pragmatic advice on the legal principles and considerations that businesses should be alive to, whether acting as supplier / seller or customer.

Construction: We provide strategic legal advice on the implications of cash flow issues leading to delayed payments, potential force majeure events, delay in performance and of course issues surrounding the safety and wellbeing of the work force.

Disputes: We have a broad range of experience helping businesses resolve commercial disputes, including contract disputes resulting from supplier / customer default. Furthermore, our knowledgeable property litigators can assist with issues arising from leases and other tenancies, including issues arising from default on rent payment obligations.

Employment: Our approach to advising clients continues to adapt to provide the support and guidance needed to help employers thrive in these times. We are constantly up to date with the latest developments and are able to advise on all of the options available to businesses facing difficulties. Following the announced ending of the Government’s “Furlough” Scheme and many increasing activity, we are able to assist with the smooth implementation of returning, including advising on any flexible furlough arrangements or restructure exercises. We continue to advise clients on how best to navigate through this uncertain time, maximising the available assistance to benefit both employers and employees.

Immigration: Everything is changing so quickly – the Home Office has been updating its policies – make sure you are up to date and know your rights in relation to your Visas, and if you are a UK resident you are up to date with travel advice.

Landlord & Tenant: These continue to be challenging times for both commercial landlords and tenants. Businesses continue to face pressure on their financial resources and difficulties in meeting rental obligations are expected to continue in the coming months.  There are also positive changes in the market place where landlord and tenants are adapting their businesses and properties to meet the challenges ahead.  We provide assistance to both landlords and tenants in advising on the implications of such changes and challenges and how best their respective positions can be protected.   We can assist in documenting any agreements you may reached in relation your rental agreements.  We also provide strategic assistance and advice in how best to manage in these challenging times.

Privacy & Data: With the vast majority of businesses now working from home, there can be some uncertainty around what data protection laws are applicable. Data protection law does not prevent remote working but businesses will need to consider the same type of security measures as they have in the work place. We provide businesses with tailored guidance to ensure that they remain compliant.

Property development: In light of the new restrictions implemented by the Government it may be appropriate for Developers and Landowners with ongoing contractual arrangements to review and potentially seek to extend longstop dates in ongoing Option Agreements or Conditional Contracts. We provide assistance for plot sales, and in particular advice on completions which may be affected, including review of contracts and, where appropriate, including specific coronavirus delay clauses.

Recovery & Insolvency: We assist clients with contentious insolvency matters, including how to avoid it, what happens if it looks likely and what happens if your suppliers or customers become insolvent. Cash flow is key in uncertain times – we support businesses with the recovery of debts through our dedicated debt recovery team.

If you have a legal document that you would like to have an initial no cost, no obligation discussion with one of our team about, please send us a message and upload your documents to start the process.

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Some practical commercial contracts tips post-lockdown

Individuals and businesses in many sectors are now transitioning back to work and returning to a “new normal” triggered by the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Some practical commercial contract tips: Force majeure: Many commercial contracts will include a “force...

Construction Contracts: Some practical tips on notices, payments & insurance

The purpose of this article is to provide some practical steps businesses need to consider taking under their construction contracts. Notices. Many construction contracts (including the JCT and NEC forms of contract) require certain notices to be given if the relevant...

Lay Offs and Short-Time Working

We have recently received a number of queries from employers regarding laying off their workforce or placing them on short-time working to assist in their financial recover. Below we have provided some generic advice for employers which may be used to aid recovery,...

UK’s economic rescue package

In a further move to aid the economy, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the Government’s economic rescue package amidst the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.  This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement that from tonight, all bars, pubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas,...

Commercial Tenants: How can I exercise the break clause in my lease?

In light of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation, tenants should be reviewing their leases to see whether they contain a break clause, and if so, the conditions which must be met for the break to be effective. What is a Break Clause? A break clause is an explicit...

Mythbusting Common Misconceptions: force majeure

The force majeure clause is frequently seen as a “boilerplate” clause which often receives little or no attention, rarely forming part of the contract negotiations. In this article we look to bust some of the common misconceptions in respect of force majeure clauses....

Coronavirus recovery: Landlords and tenants working together in relation to rent payments

Over the last few months, we have seen unprecedented steps from the Government to help protect commercial tenants from eviction where they are unable to pay rent because of coronavirus. This included the Coronavirus Act 2020, which imposed a temporary ban on the right...

Insolvency: Covid-19 sends shockwaves through the liquidity of the UK

The UK economy cannot ignore the financial shockwaves it feels as a direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic 2019-20. The UK Government has rolled out daily and unprecedented economic measures aimed at supporting and financing struggling business given the effect of...

Budget 2020 – Business rates for small retailers put on freeze

In light of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a series of measures to help with business rates for the upcoming financial year. These include: 1. a freeze of business rates for businesses with a rateable value of less than...

COVID-19 and the Commercial Lease: The Financial impact on Landlord and Tenant

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the restrictions now in place to control its spread, are having a significant effect on many business sectors. There are, understandably, concerns for both commercial landlords and tenants. Businesses face pressure on their financial...

COVID19: Business insights

Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday announced

Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday announced

In a speech delivered today, 8 July 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday for residential properties in England and Northern Ireland.

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Business Continuity

Business Continuity

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed and is continuing to place extreme pressure on resources of businesses of all sizes.

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Lockdown Guidance for Employers

Lockdown Guidance for Employers

The UK Government has recently published two documents concerning the country’s relaxation of lockdown measures and reopening of closed businesses.

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Planning: The Impact of Covid-19

Planning: The Impact of Covid-19

As we enter another week of the Covid-19 lockdown the onward impact of the lockdown and social distancing measures are starting to become clear in the context of planning.

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How can we help you and your family?

Asset Protection: Be prepared and make sure your personal affairs are in order and up to date.  We are here to advise and support you through these uncertain times and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.  We can offer assistance with reviewing, preparing and updating your wills and putting in place powers of attorney.

Disputes: We assist individuals  concerned about their tenancy, who have issues with their neighbours or are concerned they have made been or could be made bankrupt.  Furthermore, our experienced lawyers can advise on issues arising from Wills and making applications to the Court of Protection.

Family Law: Families have felt immense stress and pressure over the last few months. In some circumstances those who have made a decision to end their relationship may fear for their safety or their children’s safety. Our specialist team of family solicitors will continue to be able to provide you with the advice and support that you need in the coming weeks and months; providing clarity on seeing your children, taking measures to protect you and your family, and assisting you with progressing your divorce and finances arrangements on separation. In addition, the family courts remain “open for business” with court hearings now being dealt with remotely.

Employment: Our Employment Law specialists are dedicated to supporting you with plain-speaking legal advice, tailored to your individual situation.

Immigration: Our Immigration team specialists provide our clients with up to date advice on the ever changing UK Immigration laws.

Moving House: The market is moving again and we are on hand to guide clients through the conveyancing process and any unexpected matters that may arise along the way.

If you have a legal document that you would like to have an initial no cost, no obligation discussion with one of our team about, please send us a message and upload your documents to start the process.

Submit your documents here >

Dealing with Covid-19: Protecting you and your family

In light of the Prime Minister’s announcements over the course of this week, the country is preparing for a period of social distancing and isolation; the end of which is currently uncertain. The prospect of what is to come over the course of the next few weeks is...

Lay Offs and Short-Time Working

We have recently received a number of queries from employers regarding laying off their workforce or placing them on short-time working to assist in their financial recover. Below we have provided some generic advice for employers which may be used to aid recovery,...

UK’s economic rescue package

In a further move to aid the economy, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the Government’s economic rescue package amidst the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.  This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement that from tonight, all bars, pubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas,...

Urgent update for Residential Landlords

If you are a Landlord of Residential Property or engaged in Property Chamber Tribunal claims over matters such as service charge disputes, disputes over HMO licensing or leasehold disputes you need to be aware of the recent updates summarised below. Impact on Court...

Seeing your Children during Lockdown

This morning, the UK has woken up to the harsh reality of Covid-19. At 8:30pm on 23rd March 2020 the Prime Minister addressed the nation to confirm that the public are not allowed to leave home save for the following limited circumstances: • To exercise once a day •...

Update to Home Office coronavirus policy (24 March 2020)

The Home Office has just updated its coronavirus policy. Leave will be extended to 31 May 2020 for individuals whose leave expires or expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020 and the individual cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or...

Budget 2020 – Business rates for small retailers put on freeze

In light of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a series of measures to help with business rates for the upcoming financial year. These include: 1. a freeze of business rates for businesses with a rateable value of less than...

Updated Visa Advice -Rules on Switching relaxed

In these current unprecedented circumstances you’ll be able to apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 May. This includes all applications where you would usually need to return to your home country to make an application as switching in country is...

Mortgage Holidays – A helping hand from Lenders

Coronavirus has shaken up daily life for everyone, including impacts on the ability of many people to work and earn their usual income. Given the nationwide impact of the lockdown rules the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) has confirmed that the lenders it...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Further Guidance

Further guidance on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now been announced giving us greater clarity on how the scheme will operate. Below we have set out some common questions we have been asked so far with some answers we can now give. Who is...

COVID19: Insights for you and your family 

Planning: The Impact of Covid-19

Planning: The Impact of Covid-19

As we enter another week of the Covid-19 lockdown the onward impact of the lockdown and social distancing measures are starting to become clear in the context of planning.

read more

Private client and family services

Make a will online

One of the most important things anyone can do is to secure the future for the ones they care about. We can’t know what will happen to us but writing a will and getting sensible advice on UK inheritance tax laws and about how best to pass on assets is an essential part of that planning process

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What Happens if you die without a will?

The Rules of Intestacy: It should be noted that these rules on intestacy do not recognise “common law” partners and that “children” includes, natural, adopted and illegitimate children, but excludes step-children.  

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A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Child Care Myths

Partner and Head of Family Law, Amanda Phillips-Wylds, gives a guide to child care and irons out some of common myths around it.

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Buying or selling a property

We understand that buying and selling your home can be a daunting yet exciting task, our friendly and professional team have practical experience in many areas, from Help to Buy, buying a second home, remortgaging through to shared ownership. We have built excellent relationships over many years with estate agents, property developers and mortgage providers.

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We are solicitors in Camberley, Wokingham and London. In 2019, Herrington Carmichael won ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the Thames Valley Business Magazines Property Awards, ‘Best Medium Sized Business’ at the Surrey Heath Business Awards and we were named IR Global’s ‘Member of the Year’. We are ranked as a Leading Firm 2020 by Legal 500 and Alistair McArthur is ranked in Chambers 2020.

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+44 (0) 203 755 0557

 

Camberley

Building 2  Watchmoor Park, Riverside Way, Camberley, Surrey. GU15 3YL

+44 (0)1276 686 222

 

Wokingham

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+44 (0)118 977 4045

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