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When can directors be personally liable for bounce-back loans……

Bounce back loans were loans of up to £50,000 and were intended for smaller businesses. They were backed by the government and were relatively fast and easy to apply for.  This allowed access to capital for a vast amount of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Lenders did not require personal guarantees from directors. However, many directors are unaware that just because personal guarantees were not sought, there are still certain conditions that must be met to ensure directors are [...]

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Pregnancy and the Equal Treatment Handbook

Recently, two of our solicitors within the Family Team have been involved in a matter that has significantly changed the law surrounding pregnant women and the attendance of Court. Our Mr Philip Goodall and Miss Lauren Snowden represented the Mother in care proceedings and sought to argue in the Court of Appeal that an adjournment of her final hearing was necessary, given that the date proposed for the hearing was during the period of the latter stages of her pregnancy, [...]

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Studying the LPC from a distance

My name is Emily Bailey and I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Family Team at Pepperells. Following the completion of my LLB Law Degree in Summer 2020, I graduated with a First-Class Honours from the University of Hull. The next step of my career commenced in September 2020 when I began studying the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP University in Leeds. Due to the fees payable for studying the LPC, I applied for a scholarship with the [...]

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Daniel Stone

A day in the life of a Solicitor Apprentice

My name is Dan and I am a Solicitor Apprentice in the Family Law Team and Pepperells Solicitors. Being an Apprentice, I am currently undertaking my LLB Law Degree with Northumbria University alongside my work here at Pepperells. The work involved within the area of Family Law is both diverse and varied with no two days being the same. Whilst this may sound exciting to many, the spontaneity of work does not come without issue. Those who wish to [...]

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Helen Martindale

Medical Negligence

We understand that pursuing a claim for Medical Negligence can be daunting. Client’s have many questions when they begin the process. The main questions we are asked are: How much will it cost?How long do I have to make a claim?How much compensation will I receive?How do I prove medical negligence? Below we look at each question in more detail: How much will it cost? No win, no fee funding can be available in medical negligence claims. This is also known as a conditional fee agreement [...]

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Ben Marsay

Negotiating a Commercial Lease – 5 Tips for a Tenant Negotiating a Lease:

Negotiating a new Lease with a Landlord can be a daunting task for any Tenant, particularly those starting a new business or being granted a Lease for the first time. Prior to the involvement of an Estate Agent or Solicitor, Tenants can often make mistakes when negotiating a commercial Lease and miss the opportunity to negotiate the inclusion of desirable clauses. Please see below five key considerations that a Tenant should think about when entering into the negotiation stage [...]

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A day in the life of a Paralegal

Hi, I’m Sam Mackrill and I work as a Paralegal in the Family Law team here at Pepperells Solicitors. I joined the company in November 2020 initially working in our Residential Business team. I subsequently moved to work in the Family team in March 2021. I hold a 2:1 Law degree from Keele University having graduated in July 2020. I was fortunate to be granted the opportunity to undertake work experience at Pepperells in our Scunthorpe office prior to my [...]

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Validation Orders – Pepperells Insolvency Department

When a company is served with a Winding Up Petition , they are then faced with the prospect of a winding up order being made by the Court, which forces them into compulsory liquidation (this is to forcibly shut them down). After winding up proceedings have commenced, a notice is typically posted in the Gazette alerting creditors of the ongoing insolvency proceedings. Once creditors become aware of the petition, banks will usually freeze the company’s bank account in order [...]

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The Debt Respite Scheme, known as “breathing space”.

The law around problem debt has changed. On Tuesday 4th May 2021, the government-led “Breathing Space” legislation came into force. What is this new legislation, and how does it affect you, or your business? Whether you owe money to a person or a company and are struggling to repay it, or whether you are an individual or business who is owed money by someone else, this new law is worth knowing about. So, what is ‘breathing space’? The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing [...]

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Stuart Parker

How to deal with financial worries during divorce

Going through a divorce can be a difficult time that is often fraught with many uncertainties in particular those of a financial nature. It is frequently the case in relationships that one partner or spouse will be financially stronger than the other and sadly this superiority is often exploited. Where one spouse does not have sufficient ‘to make ends meet’ in terms of covering mortgage payments; household expenditure; servicing debt repayments and buying things for the children and no interim arrangements [...]

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