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Testing times for Directors during Coronavirus – their duties and obligations

Many companies have unexpectedly and suddenly found themselves in difficulties financially and it is quite possible that many companies and businesses will collapse over the coming months as they struggle with the current business disruption and inability to pay suppliers etc.   Directors must remain mindful of their legal duties towards the Company and the shareholders, under current rules, so they do not expose themselves to personal liability if they get it wrong.   In a relatively fast changing scenario, however, the [...]

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The impact of the Coronavirus on Protective Injunctions

As a result of the social distancing measures implemented by the Government in response to the Coronavirus, many individuals will find themselves confined to their homes for larger periods of time. On 31st March 2020, the BBC reported that the Domestic Abuse Commission for England and Wales acknowledged that in the UK alone, calls to the national abuse hotline have risen by 65% since the implementation of the social distancing restrictions. Here at Pepperells Solicitors we recognise that this creates significant [...]

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Coronavirus and Employment Rights

Coronavirus cell in microscopic view. Virus from Wuhan causing pandemic around the world. As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads more widely in the UK, employers should consider some simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff. It is also important to understand your position as an employee. Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated on 26 February 2020 that employers should pay sick pay to employees who have received medical advice to self-quarantine. He has told MPs that “self-isolation on medical advice is considered [...]

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Contentious Probate

  Here at Pepperells, we understand that it is always a difficult time in somebody’s life after suffering a loss, with many people to contact and things to organise. However, we are seeing more instances where people have been left out or removed from a Will prior to a loved one’s death, leaving more stress and upset for the people left behind. Every person in the UK has the right to testamentary freedom which means they are able to leave their [...]

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Do I have parental responsibility, and can I acquire it?

‘Parental Responsibility’ is an umbrella term which encompasses various legal rights and responsibilities that a ‘parent’ has. A gestational mother (the mother who gives birth to the child) will automatically have parental responsibility for that child. However, the situation for fathers is far less straight forward. For a father to have parental responsibility, he must of course be the father of the child. A man who wishes to prove he is the father of a child must show one of the [...]

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Property Rights : when unmarried couples separate

  When married couples separate, most of the issues between them are resolved by family lawyers pursuant to family laws, such as the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. Family laws, however, do not apply when unmarried couples separate. One of the biggest issues for the separating unmarried couple is their interest in and right to occupy the home they had previously enjoyed as a couple. Whether court proceedings are to be issued or not, the law relating to this issue is the Trusts [...]

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Nil rate band advice

Will your estate pay Inheritance Tax when you die? Will your beneficiaries suffer financially as a result of a large Inheritance Tax bill? Are you aware of the current Inheritance Tax thresholds?   We are sure that you do not want to leave your loved ones with a large Inheritance Tax bill when you are no longer around. Nor do you want to make the administration of your estate more complicated than necessary. At the present time if your estate is valued above £325,000.00 [...]

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Mental Health Awareness

Do you have the correct legal documents in place to support your family? In light of World Mental health day we want to highlight the importance of ensuring that your loved ones are protected. From being able to deal with your finances legally on your behalf to looking after your Estate when you are no longer around, having the correct legal documents in place is vital. Not only can bereavement trigger mental health issues but other factors including depression, anxiety and stress [...]

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Promoting Good Mental Health

Today Pepperells are supporting the World Mental Health Day. This means being aware of and promoting positive mental health, as well as recognising when we or people around us are struggling. As family lawyers, it is often said that we help our clients through some of the most stressful times in their lives, whether that be divorce, domestic abuse or child protection cases. With one in four people suffering from poor mental health in any given year, it’s not surprising [...]

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Why Creditors Should Take An Understanding Approach

Elvis Costello once famously asked “what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?” and, whilst Mr Costello was obviously making a much larger social point, this question is very relevant to debt recovery – specifically the attitude adopted by creditors when trying to obtain payment of the outstanding balance due to them. It is very easy for creditors to slip into a mindset of “recovery at all costs”. Whilst this is an entirely understandable reaction – after all, the debtors [...]

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