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Changes to restrictions on winding up petitions from 1st October 2021:

It has been announced by the Government that from 1st October 2021, the restrictions on the use of winding up petitions imposed by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA”) will cease. CIGA made it very difficult for creditors to successfully petition for the winding up of a debtor company. Although the CIGA restrictions will end, they will be replaced by more lenient restrictions which will be in place from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022 under the [...]

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End to the Fault-Based Divorce System: A New Horizon for Separating Couples

A blog by Blue Stephenson, Trainee Solicitor in the family department The current legal framework governing divorce in England and Wales derives from the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973; a statute that has remained mostly unamended since its enactment 48 years ago. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 provides an analogous framework for the dissolution of civil partnerships. Like many other areas of the law, the law on divorce and dissolution has been slow to catch up with societal changes and is still [...]

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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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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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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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