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Prince Philip's Will to Remain Secret for 90 Years

Silviya Maclean
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The High Court has decided that the “dignity and standing” of the Queen will be protected by not disclosing Prince Philip’s Will following his death in April 2021. This sort of protection is not new and has been used repeatedly by the...

Making your commercial property portfolio more sustainable

Harish Tekchandani
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Growing evidence of climate change has put sustainability firmly on the commercial property agenda.  Owners, occupiers, and lenders are increasingly focused on ‘ESG’ which refers to environmental, social and governance issues.  Lenders...

Do I need a letter of wishes alongside my will?

Silviya Maclean
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Making a will is an important part of lifetime legal planning, but do you need to put all your wishes in your will? Where should you set out your wishes for gifts or your funeral arrangements? Is it appropriate to explain your decisions about your legacy?...

Business checklist for admitting a new partner

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If you have decided that the time has come to admit a new member to your partnership, then there are a number of important steps that you will need to take in preparation.  To help you plan, partnership law expert Selwan Yousif  who is a...

No-Fault Divorce delayed to April 2022

Avril Croud
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A new divorce law which will make it easier and less stressful for many couples to get a divorce has been delayed to 6 April 2022. No-Fault divorce was originally supposed to start in Autumn 2021, so this is a delay of around 8-10 months. The government...

The implications of alcohol misuse and family arrangements

Avril Croud
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While many adults drink alcohol responsibly, unfortunately there is a significant percentage of the adult population in England that misuse alcohol.  Government statistics for 2020 show that over half a million adults in England were admitted to...

Commercial Eviction Ban Extended to March 2022

Jasvinder Gill
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The ban on commercial evictions introduced to prevent mass repossessions and insolvencies due to Covid-19 has been extended by nine months to March 2022. Under the ban, commercial landlords face restrictions in relation to a wide range of enforcement...

It's complicated - changes to marital status and making a will

Silviya Maclean
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There have been a number of changes in regard to marriage law since 2004, with the most recent being the introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships in 2019.  These changes have been important in providing clarity over legal rights and financial...

Selling a business? Make sure you clear out any skeletons first

Selwan Yousif
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Preparation is the key to success with most things in life and is particularly important when you are trying to attract a buyer for your business.  This is because any potential acquirer will almost certainly want to carry out pre-purchase checks to...

​A neighbour has caused my property to flood. What can I do?

Kenneth Amakye
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The risk of flooding in England and Wales is increasing year on year and exposing millions of homeowners to the possibility of property damage and the consequent misery that this causes.  In some cases, there is nothing you can do but try to claim on...

Closing your office for good: can you end your commercial lease?

Karen du Rocher
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Since the arrival of Covid-19 so many businesses have been forced to temporarily close their offices and relocate their workers to their homes. At first, many suffered teething problems, but it has since become clear that productivity can be just as high...

New rules for IR35 and off-payroll working from 6 April

Jasvinder Gill
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After postponements in 2019 and 2020, the 6 April 2021 is the third date scheduled for the off-payroll working rules to be extended to the private sector. The purpose of the change is to increase compliance with tax rules known as IR35. This change has...

Can I change the use of my business premises?

Graham Beach
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If the pandemic has left you with empty commercial property , now could be a good time to look for alternative uses.  To help businesses make the best use of commercial real estate, the Government has made the planning rules more flexible so that it is...

Resolving a dispute between property owners with a shared interest

Kenneth Amakye
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‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’ is a familiar phrase with its origins in the 16 th century, where it was widely accepted that no one should have the right to interfere with the use and enjoyment of a person’s property except in...

Landlords' options for enforcing commercial tenants' obligations

Kenneth Amakye
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As the economic impact of the pandemic grows, many commercial landlords are struggling to collect rent and enforce their business tenants’ other lease obligations.  While the Government has acted to protect business occupiers by restricting...

Acquisition opportunities among distressed businesses

Kenneth Amakye
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As many of the government measures to support businesses through Covid-19 come to an end, businesses which have limped along may need to take more drastic action and consider renegotiation with creditors, restructuring, disposal, or even winding up or...

Do I need to start my divorce prior to Brexit?

Avril Croud
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If you are contemplating divorce, then you may need to consider whether it would be beneficial to commence proceedings prior to Brexit.  This is particularly important if either you or your spouse are nationals of another EU country, if you last resided...

Seven reasons to update your shareholder agreement

Selwan Yousif
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The shareholder agreement is often one of those documents that startups sometimes forgo or even ‘bootstrap’ by cutting and pasting from other documents without taking independent legal advice. Even if you put one in place when setting up your...

My neighbour has taken part of my garden. What can I do?

Kenneth Amakye
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What might have started out looking like a small and innocuous plant to your neighbour can soon grow into a substantial hedge that extends well beyond their boundary, albeit innocently, reducing the amount of land which you can enjoy.  On the other...

Your commercial property portfolio - time to restructure?

Selwan Yousif
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A commercial property portfolio is just like any other investment - to get the best out of it, you need to manage it well, and sometimes it will benefit from being restructured. The unforeseen impact of Covid-19 on the whole of the UK economy has underlined...

Keeping coronavirus redundancies fair and the alternatives

Selwan Yousif
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The Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) has helped many employers keep their staff. But, the winding down of the CJRS and the grim economic forecast mean that employers may need a more flexible workforce and for many sectors,...

Have you suffered from COVID-19 due to a lack of PPE?

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COVID-19 has had a massive and immediate impact on our working lives. The risks to those working in the healthcare sector are well documented in the media, but workers in other areas such as construction, retail and goods distribution are also at risk....

Guidance for employers regarding the coronavirus from ACAS

Jasvinder Gill
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With more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), being reported in the UK each day, employers will be wondering how to handle the issue especially as they may need to react fast if a situation develops in the workplace or if there are concerns about the health of...

Possible impacts of COVID-19 on property transactions

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For clients in the midst of trying to buy, sell or rent a property, the coronavirus outbreak is causing particular uncertainty at all stages in the process. We want to reassure you that our property law team will continue to operate as normally as possible...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CLIENTS It is no secret that the Coronavirus is affecting, and will continue to affect, the ability of the UK to continue with daily life, as normal, for some time to come. We are striving towards limiting disruption to our service...

Could carelessness on social media land you in court?

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Did you know that you can be sued for posting something online that is not true or for sharing or endorsing a false post made by someone else?  Did you also know that if you are sued, you could be ordered to pay compensation and legal costs and forced...

Divorce and the division of overseas assets

Avril Croud
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It is not uncommon for a divorcing couple to have some property in another country, whether this is a holiday home in the sun or the alps, a property in your country of birth, or an investment in commercial property or assets abroad.  ‘The term...

Changing from employee to consultant: pitfalls to avoid

Jasvinder Gill
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Changing an individual’s working arrangements from employee to consultant may seem attractive; no employer National Insurance contributions to pay and greater flexibility for the individual. A win-win situation surely? Jasvinder Gill , employment...

Asking job applicants and employees about their health: how to stay on the right side of the law

Selwan Yousif
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When recruiting and managing employees, employers want to know that their employees are up to the job. While asking questions about an individual’s health at the wrong time may result in a disability discrimination claim, ignoring the signs of a...

How do I claim my rightful inheritance?

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If a loved one, or someone you were financially dependent on, has died and either left you out of their will entirely or failed to make adequate financial provision for you, then it may be possible for you to get the terms of the will varied so that...

Managing risk with a commercial agent

Selwan Yousif
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Appointing a commercial agent is one way of entering a market for your business, and it can be a good way to test the water in a foreign country without the commitment of employing somebody.   In broad terms, an agency relationship is one which...

How to reduce the risk of attorneys falling out

Silviya Maclean
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The steady rise in life expectancy means it is more important than ever that people appoint someone to take control of their financial and healthcare decisions if they are no longer able to do so themselves through ill health. This is done by appointing...

Introducing our newest Partner

Silviya Maclean
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Congratulations to Silviya Maclean, in our Private Client department, who became a Partner on 1 st September 2019.   Here’s a little more about Silviya and her background! Silviya studied Law and qualified with a LLB (Hons) and...

What is it like to be a Trainee Solicitor at Morlings?

Shannon Howells
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Are you considering a career as a solicitor and would like to know more about what your day to day dealings would entail? We asked one of our Trainee Solicitors here at Morlings in Maidstone, Rezwana Dithy, what her experience has been like so far!  ...

More duties for landlords introduced by the Tenant Fees Act 2019

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Hot on the heels of changes in relation to stamp duty land tax, from 1 June landlords face another set of new rules under the Tenant Fees Act 2019.  This includes obligations relating to deposits, charges and membership of client money protection...

The tactical use of insolvency proceedings to recover a business debt from a company

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The default response of most businesses owed money by a company is to follow their standard debt recovery procedure, which typically involves chasing payment by letter and then issuing court proceedings to obtain an enforceable judgment. Few will consider...

St Augustine Academy take home the Morlings Cup

Keith Middleton
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Our Criminal Defence Partner, Keith Middleton, is seen presenting the Morling’s Cup to the Captain of St Augustine Academy, whom won the Morling’s Cup for the winner of the Mock Trial Competition held at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on 23...

Changes to legal aid in family matters

Avril Croud
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Many people are aware that there were major changes to the Legal Aid Scheme in 2013 but there is a great deal of confusion as to when and how Legal Aid is available in family matters. If you are a parent (and in some limited circumstances another relative)...

Why You Should Get Solicitors to Draft and Store Your Will

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Engaging solicitors to both draft your will and store it safely until it is needed really is the only sensible course to take. In a case where such wisdom did not prevail, the High Court had to decide whether a missing will had been deliberately destroyed,...

What if I'm stopped or arrested on an allegation of drink driving?

Russell Morling
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If you are arrested at the road side following police stopping you, or following an accident, you ought to provide a road side specimen.  Failing to do so will result in your likely arrest.  Even if you turn out to be under the legal limit when you...

Appointing Loved Ones as Executors of Your Will? Read This First!

Silviya Maclean
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Appointing loved ones as executors of your will may seem the natural thing to do, but there are very good reasons why it is often wiser to employ professionals. A case on point concerned two sisters who fell out bitterly after one of them arranged their...

Keen to Cut Inheritance Tax Liabilities? Contact Us Today

Silviya Maclean
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Giving away assets to your loved ones with warm hands, when you are still fit and healthy, is a readily available means of reducing Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities. However, as a guideline Court of Appeal decision illustrated, such gifts must be made...

The Importance of Making a Will

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I often hear “I haven’t got any money to leave my kids so why should I bother?”.  My response is “You have kids?  If they are under 18, you definitely should have a Will to leave your kids to someone”. As loving...

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