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The Law Lab: A Diary
1 Apr
Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 outbreak is leading many people to consider their Will (or in many cases, the lack thereof). There are several difficult issues to deal with when attempting to create a new Will while under isolation or social distancing conditions. Assessing Capacity A solicitor advising on a Will needs to be satisfied that the person making the Will – the testator – has sufficient mental capacity to do so. A Will made without capacity has no legal force. Under normal circumstances, the solicitor will make an assessment when meeting the client in person. If there is any doubt, they
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1 Apr
The current government measures intended to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus have caused major interruptions to thousands of businesses across the country, many of whom will have no choice but to seek an arrangement with their landlord to reduce or defer the rent payable for their business premises. There are several solutions or combinations which may be reached between the parties, which may include: A rent-free period A percentage reduction in the rent for a specific period A deferral of the rent payment date, with the unpaid rent caught up over a period of time, in addition to
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1 Apr
Until Friday, March 20th, I thought that furlough was an American expression, describing a period of leave, typically of military personnel.  I first heard of it in the 1970’s hit television series M*A*S*H.  For those of you with even longer memories, in the 1949 movie musical, On The Town, the three sailors, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and the other one, were on 24 hour furlough in New York. The word was unknown in UK employment law, until Friday 20 March when the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. What does it mean? As the name suggests, the
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14 Jul
Mark Lewis, Partner and Head of Reputation Management and Media at Patron Law, appeared on BBC News and Sky News on Sunday 14th July 2019, in relation to the legal action between whistleblowing former employees of the Labour Party, and the Labour Party. Sam Matthews and Louise Withers-Green, previously employed by the party within its disciplinary investigations team, gave their accounts of how the party had handled investigations into antisemitism within the party membership on BBC’s Panorama on Wednesday 10th July 2019. The defamation action being brought by Mr Matthews and Ms Withers-Green stems from subsequent allegations by individuals and
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1 Feb
Mark Lewis discusses MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis’ ‘Campaigning Lawsuit’ against Facebook and what this new chapter at Patron Law has in store for him. It was an eventful week for high profile lawyer Mark Lewis last week. Not only did he officially join Patron Law, but he also helped Martin Lewis settle his recent case against Facebook for running scam adverts which fraudulently used his name and image. It was an interesting case and one that was ultimately settled out of court with Facebook agreeing to donate £3m to set up Citizens Advice Scams Action project (“CASA”) and launch a new
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27 Nov
The number of disputed Wills is at an all time record high and shows no signs of abating. Have we all become more greedy or is something else driving this change? It’s fair to say that on the whole with property prices having soared to previously unimaginable levels – more and more people have an estate to leave. Meaning there is more to wrangle over. Combined with the other big shift – a rise in blended families, the potential for conflict over competing claims on a deceased’s estate from spouses and children is ever more likely. Divorce has been on
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