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Contempt of court for witness statements

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 25th March 2020

In court proceedings or in contemplation of court proceedings, parties have to prepare certain documents which are filed at court and served on the other side.

These documents will normally have to be verified by what we call a ‘Statement of Truth’ which usually reads:

‘[I believe][the (claimant or as may be) believes] that the facts stated in this [name document being verified] are true.’

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Changes to Section 21 (Housing Act 1988) Notice from 1 June 2019 – Updated March 2020

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 25th March 2020

A Section 21 (Housing Act 1988) Notice is the first step a landlord would take to gain back possession of a property. It is a written notice to terminate an Assured Shorthold Tenancy on a ‘no fault’ basis (without providing a reason for wishing to take possession).

There are new requirements under the Tenant Fees Act 2019 which can be seen in recent post about legal guidance for landlords and tenants on the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

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Increased pressure on family life and relationships

Jacqueline Major

Posted by Jacqueline Major | Partner
On 18th March 2020

We are living in a situation caused by the Coronavirus which for the vast majority of the population is unprecedented. Most of us will never have experienced anything in our lifetimes equivalent to the effect this pandemic will have on our lives. This is a time of massive uncertainty, of global concern, and soaring rates of infection. Many people’s lives at risk. The virus has severely affected the economy, which in turn has affected the income of a lot of people, and in some cases put their livelihoods at risk. At the time of writing, it remains to be seen whether the UK will enter similar lockdown precautions as in Italy, Spain, and France. In those places, people are not allowed to leave their homes unless with a certificate to travel, effectively forcing them to remain in their homes. In the UK we already have thousands self-isolating if they are showing symptoms or their family members are showing symptoms of the virus.

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