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Online divorce petitions are becoming increasingly popular

Online divorce petitions are becoming increasingly popular amongst people who wish to represent themselves in divorce proceedings. Depending on the facts of your case, this will determine whether an online or paper-based divorce process should be followed as there are some restrictions to applying for a divorce online. For example, if your spouse is legally represented then the correct way to process the application is through the paper-based process. It is therefore important to seek legal advice before making the [...]

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Advance Decision (or a ‘living will’)

An advance decision (or a ‘living will’) allows you to make a statement which gives future instructions for consent/refusal of medical treatment. This includes decisions about whether you would like to receive life-sustaining treatment or not. It would only be used if and when you no longer have the capacity to make those decisions yourself. If it is completed and executed correctly, it is a legally binding document and medical professionals can be taken to court if they do not [...]

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Changes to Immigration Services due to COVID-19

During these trying times, most people will be able to spend all their time at home, surrounded by loved ones. However, that is not possible for everyone. Some people may be stuck abroad, struggling to find their way home to the UK. Others may have the reverse problem, seeking to return home to their own country and may not have the required travel documents or could be worried about the expiration of their visa. COVID-19 has changed an unprecedented number [...]

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Criminal Department Update During Covid-19

Our offices may be closed but here in the Criminal Department, which has always been a 24 hour a day 7 days a week FREE service for advising and representing clients in the police station, we continue with business as usual. As we all come to terms with changes in working, we continue to adapt in line with health and safety advice and Police Protocols. We can and will still attend police station interviews with the necessary safety measures being [...]

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Divorce and Financial Remedy cases during Covid-19

The national lockdown resulting from Covid-19 has, unsurprisingly, thrust the legal sector into uncharted territory. Legal professionals across all sectors are having to accustom themselves to new ways of remote working with this inevitably having an impact on the Court’s approach to dealing with certain types of cases. On 9th April 2020, guidance was published by the President of the Family Division and Lord Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Mostyn, on the ability of the Family Courts to hold effective remote [...]

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Let’s Talk Settlement Agreements

Disputes can often arise between Employer and Employee.  These disputes usually arise as the Employee’s employment comes to an end.   This may be because the Employee indicates a wish to leave their employment but usually it is because the Employer is seeking to terminate the Employee’s employment. Both Employer and Employee have often very conflicting rights and obligations. To provide some certainty to both parties, they can agree to settle all claims that they have against each other (usually claims that [...]

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Worried about your car finance?

A press release is expected by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) this week in relation to extending temporary financial relief to those with a regulated car finance agreement.  It is designed to help those who are facing financial difficulty during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  It is expected to follow similar guidelines to those released last week in relation to consumer credit products.  We also suspect that the same expectations will be given in that ‘Customers should think carefully before [...]

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Coronavirus and its impact on contractual performance by business

The Coronavirus outbreak may have significant legal impact in relation to contractual performance/non-performance of a contract and the possibility of the termination of such contract.  The starting point is that a contracting party whose performance of its obligations is adversely affected by the Coronavirus outbreak is required to perform its contractual obligations notwithstanding and will be potentially liable to the other party for a failure to do so.   Sadly this is a highly technical aspect of English Law and [...]

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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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