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What You Need to Know about Codicils

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Life is always changing and, naturally, our lifestyle choices and priorities will change as well. If you have written a Will and your circumstances change, you can easily update your Will to reflect your wishes Read more…

Furlough After 1 July: What You Need to Know

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Significant changes to the Furlough Scheme made on 1 July require employers to now make a minimum contribution of 10% to furloughed employees’ salaries. The recent changes mark the next step in a phasing out Read more…

How Can I Reduce My Inheritance Tax Bill?

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Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax added to the estate of a deceased person, including all their property, possessions and financial assets. Depending on the value of your estate, you may not always have to Read more…

Lawrence Stephens Expands Real Estate Team

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We’re pleased to announce that experienced real estate lawyer, Angela McCarthy, has joined Lawrence Stephens as an Associate in our expanding Real Estate team. With 10 years’ experience in the real estate sector, including 4 Read more…

Lawrence Stephens Family Law Practice

Lawrence Stephens Launches Family Law Practice

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We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new family law practice at Lawrence Stephens. The Family department will provide advice and services on a full range of family law matters including international and domestic Read more…

Plant a Tree – and Get an ASBO?

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If you were asked to visualise the cause of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order, one of the last images you might think of would be the planting of few Cherry trees on a private property. However, Read more…

What is a Deputyship Order and Who Needs One?

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A Deputyship Order is a legal document which enables elected representatives to make important financial and welfare decisions on behalf of a person who has lost the capacity to handle their own affairs (ie. As Read more…

Lawrence Stephens Completes Sale of Production Company

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Lawrence Stephens has successfully acted for the owners of production company Production Plus Limited in relation to a sale to Shooting Partners Holdings Limited, part of audio-visual technology group, Anna Valley Ltd. Hertfordshire-based Production Plus Read more…

Commercial Eviction Ban Extended by 3 Months

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The Government has announced that it has extended the ban on commercial tenant evictions until at least 30 June 2021, in an effort to provide additional support to businesses as they begin to trade following Read more…

What the 2021 Budget Means for Employers

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Yesterday’s Budget announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak brought some promising news for many employers, employees and organisations across the UK. We’ve summed up some of the key developments that employers need to prepare for going Read more…

Providing for Digital Assets in Your Will

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Over the last several years we have become increasingly more reliant on digital platforms to manage our finances, investments and many other valuable assets. We are used to accounting for physical property in our Wills, Read more…

UK GDPR – Where Are We Now?

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Remember back in 2018 when all anyone talked about was the looming enactment date of the GDPR, and the 25 May deadline was etched in your brain for months? Now, this seems like a distant Read more…

How Are the Off-Payroll Working Rules Changing in 2021?

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On 6 April 2021 significant changes to the government’s IR35 regime will come into effect. The IR35, also known as the off-payroll working rules (the “Rules”), govern the national insurance contributions (NIC) and income tax contributions of Read more…

UK Leads on European Venture Capital Transactions

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The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association released its latest Quarterly Review last week and despite the uncertain macro-economic conditions across Europe, the Report outlines that the UK is leading European venture capital transactions Read more…

Government Reforms to Benefit Leaseholders

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On 7 January 2021 the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced revisions to leasehold enfranchisement laws, which come as part of the biggest proposed reforms to English Property Law in 40 years. Lease Extensions Under the Read more…

Lawrence Stephens’ New Year Message

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With 2020 behind us, we at Lawrence Stephens are assertively looking forward. We believe that this year will be a year of vital regrowth for so many businesses across the UK and internationally; therefore, as Read more…

How does GDPR affect internal investigations?

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This month, the High Court has looked at the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and their relevance in internal disciplinary proceedings. In Kathryn Hopkins v HMRC, the employee was Read more…

Rent arrears recovery and protection

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Following our previous article on this topic, the government has extended the protections available to commercial and residential tenants. This article also outlines the remedies available for landlords.  FORFEITURE Section 82 of the Coronavirus Act Read more…

Reflections on World Mental Health Day 2020

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Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day, and thanks to the ongoing pandemic, this year could be the most important one yet.   In the space of just six months, we’ve experienced a national lockdown, a huge shift Read more…

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – So What?

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Bitcoin (BTC) was born 11 years ago, and ever since,  there has been much hype over this killer technology and the ways it can revolutionise various aspects of our lives. So far, we’ve seen people Read more…

What is the government’s new Kickstart Scheme?

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Over the few months, businesses across the country have been navigating the reality of operating their businesses amidst a global pandemic. Despite the efforts made to smooth the transition and encourage workers back into the Read more…

In conversation with our new joiner: Nick Marshall

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We are so pleased to welcome Nick Marshall to our growing Partnership at Lawrence Stephens. He brings with him decades of formidable experience in the Real Estate Investment and Occupier sector, which has earned him industry-wide recognition as a leader in the field. Read more…

What happens when the furlough scheme ends?

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The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been a lifeline to many businesses, with 1.2 million employers claiming for employees’ wages. As the scheme begins to wind down, we go through what employers need to Read more…

Celebrating 10 years of Metro Bank

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Following the announcement that Metro Bank will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary today, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity for the Bank’s key account team here at Lawrence Stephens to have a ‘virtual’ catch-up around the Read more…

Why you should have a will

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Making a will is an important part of insuring your family’s financial future. Wills are legally-binding documents which provide an essential guide as to how your estate and assets should be distributed after death. This Read more…

The Future Fund: How to fund your future

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As the Coronavirus crisis continues to affect businesses all over the country, the government has introduced a number of different measures to help protect the economy and businesses’ futures. One such measure, announced by the Read more…

Property market reopen for business: Has it? Will it?

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As of the 13th May, the government has relaxed restrictions imposed on the property sector during the coronavirus lockdown period. Estate agents, removal companies, conveyancers, and surveyors can resume trading; buyers and surveyors can visit properties Read more…

Contesting a Will: FAQs

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The impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has raised a number of adverse challenges for families and individuals across the country. More than ever before, families may be in the position of needing to contest Read more…

Hard Work for Hard Hats

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Over the last few weeks, we have been helping clients – both employers and contractors – prepare their compliant Construction Design Management (Health and Safety) and Site Operating Procedures, which understandably involve enhanced COVID -19 Read more…

How to support your colleagues through furlough

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The impact of COVID-19 has been felt everywhere. Businesses across the country are feeling the strain, and many of us will have friends, family members and colleagues who have been furloughed through the Government’s Job Read more…

Commercial Property and COVID-19 – FAQs

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In this legal insight, Partner Danny Schwarz seeks to provide clarity on practical issues that building occupiers and owners have experienced, by addressing some of the most frequently asked questions he and his team have Read more…

COVID-19: Witness of Deeds

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During the current COVID-19 climate with the government advising on social distancing, many people will find executing documents difficult.  So, what advice should law practitioners be giving their clients to assist when executing documents? Can Read more…

2% stamp duty surcharge overseas purchaser

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On 11th of March 2020 Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his budget that from 1st April 2021, a 2% surcharge on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) would be imposed upon non-UK resident buyers of residential Read more…

COVID-19: Advice for employers and employees

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In response to rapid changes and developments in employment law during the coronavirus outbreak, this page provides an overview of advice, know-how, and the latest developments relating to all your workplace and people issues.

COVID-19: Corporate Finance Advice

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With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, each day brings new challenges and announcements on the potential support available to businesses and individuals.

Residential Property Transactions and COVID-19 – FAQs

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The measures taken by the UK Government to contain the spread of the coronavirus have created profound complications for the UK residential property market. Legal concerns relate to drafting contracts, financing arrangements, force majeure provisions, Read more…

Company Employment Sanctions and COVID-19 – FAQs

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Last month, businesses across the country adapted to new measures designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Due to the continually evolving nature of the crisis, this has raised a number of questions related to employment.  To offer Read more…

COVID-19: Construction sites may stay open

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As more and more companies announce the closure of their construction sites, the government’ guidance remains that construction sites may stay open provided the Public Health England (PHE) guidelines, including keeping two-metres from others, can Read more…

COVID-19: Business Operations

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It is clear that Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a public and personal threat, creating many challenges for families and businesses worldwide. We want to reassure you that we are here to help you with Read more…

Business as usual

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If you are worried about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what it might mean for you and any ongoing matters that you have with us, we want to reassure you that we are here to help. In Read more…

Are Your Commercial Contracts Safe as Houses?

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In the wake of the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we consider the general legal principles that apply to commercial contracts and the implications for our clients (particularly those of commercial landlords and tenants). Unforeseeable circumstances Read more…

Reflections on International Women’s Day

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What does International Women’s Day mean to us? Sunday 8th March marked International Women’s Day, an event which recognises and celebrates the achievements of women around the world. All as part of the global efforts to Read more…

Lawrence Stephens Solicitors welcome two new Partners

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Lawrence Stephens Solicitors has welcomed two new Partners to their team of established legal professionals. The pair join the firm’s nine existing Partners and offer over 50 years combined legal experience. David Freedman joins the firm’s Commercial Read more…

To be or not to be an expert witness

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Anne Wright of Lawrence Stephens and barrister James Davison of 3PB provide practical guidance on selecting an expert witness, and advise witnesses how to behave once appointed. ‘The expert witness’s primary duty is to help Read more…

Lawrence Stephens at MIPIM 2019: Gregory Palos

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Gregory Palos, Partner, Head of Secured Lending, will be the third member of the Lawrence Stephens team in Cannes. We talked to Gregory about the prestigious event, the current property landscape and Lawrence Stephen’s partnership Read more…

Tenant Fees Bill receives Royal Assent

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On 12 February 2019, the Tenant Fees Bill 2017-19 received Royal Assent and became the Tenant Fees Act 2019. The Act will come into force on 1 June 2019 for new and renewal leases and Read more…

Pressure to use airspace builds up

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A potential way of dealing with the lack of development land space in urban areas is not to build on land but its airspace. Anne Wright and Avi Barr discuss the construction and legal implications developers should Read more…

Property Law In-House Training

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No area of law is static and businesses and individuals need to completely understand the latest legal developments and their implications in order to make the most of every opportunity. This week Lawrence Stephens brought Read more…