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News, Articles & Events: August 2020

Meet the team: Julie Sims, Senior Associate How long have you worked at Freeths and why did you decide to join the firm? I have worked at the firm now for almost two years, having left my previous firm where I worked for almost 13 years.  Freeths has always had such a great reputation so, […]

This is the second article in our series that explores what commercial landlords and tenants might expect from future commercial leases in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to read part 1. Shorter terms or more frequent break clauses Many tenants will find themselves having committed to long term leases with infrequent, if […]

The government has recently announced temporary changes to the law in relation to the witnessing of Wills. Do we all breathe a huge sigh of relief? Or, does this pose further problems for us all later down the line? Section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 clearly sets out the standard formalities for executing a […]

Did your partner’s chewing become especially loud during lockdown? Has home co-working with your partner provided surprising insights into their use of the phrase “let’s circle back on that” during Zoom calls? It would seem that we have all learnt a lot, good and bad about our partners and family whilst in lockdown. It may […]

Background Separately published for consultation at the same time as ‘Planning for the Future’ is a further document ‘Changes to the Current Planning System’ which sets out proposed short-term changes to improve the efficiency of the current planning system. These are the short term reforms the Government is proposing to make to improve the efficiency […]

Background The Government has now published its long-promised Planning White Paper which can be viewed at This promises to reinvigorate the planning system through a sweeping set of reforms that are now out for consultation until 29th October 2020.  The following article seeks to summarise the key recommendations, our views and the next steps. […]

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the retail industry like never before. But few retailers were prepared for it. Learn how to crisis-proof your retail business in our new report. To help make sure your retail business can adapt to whatever the world can throw at it, we’ve partnered with retail trend consultants, Insider Trends to create […]

August sees the first month of change in the furloughing provisions which have been in place since March 2020. Employers are now responsible for both National Insurance and pension contributions for their furloughed employees, with further reductions in the amount of government aid coming in the next two months. In the rush to implement furloughing, […]

The government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak has significantly shifted the balance of bargaining power to tenants: the Coronavirus Act 2020 limits a landlord’s ability to forfeit a lease, whilst the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 provides additional hurdles for landlords serving statutory demands and presenting winding up petitions against their tenants. Nonetheless, landlords […]

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