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Can a party's silence as to an offer to mediate impact costs?

Jade Fairhurst
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In the recent case of Northamber PLC V Genee World Ltd & Ors (Rev1) [2024] EWCA Civ 428, the Court of Appeal considered the conduct of parties in refusing to mediate. The court found that silence in the fact of an offer to mediate can have an impact on...

Tackling unpaid invoices - top tips for recovering unpaid invoices

Jade Fairhurst
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When faced with an unpaid invoice, or a series of unpaid invoices with a persistent debtor, the obvious first action is to chase the debtor for payment. However, we understand that despite your best efforts, sometimes your efforts may not be fruitful. It...

How will the UK Digital Markets, Competition & Consumers Bill affect B2C agreements?

Aaron O'Brien
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On the 24th May 2024, the UK Digital Markets, Competition & Consumers Bill (DMCC) received royal assent and will come into effect from late 2024. The DMCC includes a number of new provisions and powers granted to the courts and the Competition and...

Renters Reform Bill abandoned

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Following the announced election on the 4th of July 2024, it appears that the Renters Reform Bill has now been abandoned after it failed to become law before parliament was prorogued. The Renters Reform Bill was introduced in order to fulfil the 2019...

Company directors banned for abusing covid support scheme

Julie Hunter
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Though we are now four years on from the height of the covid pandemic, the Insolvency Service has been diligent in bringing justice to those directors who took advantage of government support schemes for their own financial gain. With 831 directors...

Can a director be personally liable for a company's debt?

Julie Hunter
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When a company incurs a debt, it is only the company, as a discrete legal personality, which is liable to pay it. This means that the company’s owners, shareholders and directors are not personally liable to pay the debt, these individuals are...

Update - Directors duties to creditors clarified by the Supreme Court

Julie Hunter
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In October 2022, we reported on the Supreme Court’s decision in the ‘Sequana’ case regarding the duties of directors to creditors of a company in circumstances where the company later becomes insolvent. The court determined the...

What are the consequences of a failure to register a legal charge at Companies House within the 21-day time limit?

Jade Fairhurst
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Under Section 859A of the Companies Act 2006, a company that has created a registrable charge (or, any person interested in that charge), may deliver to the Registrar of Companies a section 859D statement of particulars for registration of that charge. ...

What if a tenant refuses to move out?

Sophie Chilstone
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The usual routes for landlords to seek possession Section 21 process Landlords are often left in situations when the fixed term of a tenancy agreement comes to an end and the tenant fails to vacate. For some landlords, they are happy to let the tenant...

How would the extension of Awaab's Law affect private landlords and tenants?

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The implementation of ‘Awaab’s Law’ in July 2023 into the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 came after the death of 2-year-old Awaab Ishak in December 2020. His cause of death was a respiratory condition which resulted from prolonged...

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