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Covid business interruption cover: A win for small businesses? A 114-page judgment has been handed down by the Supreme Court in the matter of Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd & Others [2021[ UKSC 1. The case is being hailed as a much-needed victory for small businesses during this pandemic-hit time. Supported by the Financial Conduct Authority and with the agreement of eight insurers, a test claim was taken to the courts to determine whether or not the policy wording in various...

We take a look at one of the most frequently asked questions, 'What are the property rights of couples who live together?'   The myth of the common law wife Living together, or 'cohabiting' as lawyers call it, was once relatively rare, but as marriage has fallen out of fashion it has become the preferred arrangement of millions of couples in the UK. People tend to assume that couples who live together benefit from the same rights as their married counterparts, but that’s...

Can you sue for a broken promise? We look at the legal doctrine of proprietary estoppel   We specialise in claims involving broken promises. If you have lost more than £10,000 and would like to know if you have grounds to sue for a broken promise, then call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1606 or email brief details to us at [email protected]   You can sue for a broken promise by using the legal doctrine of proprietary estoppel. Proprietary estoppel claims can involve complicated...

Coronavirus insurance claims are becoming increasingly common as the pandemic threatens the finances of businesses and individuals When considering disputes relating to coronavirus insurance claims the starting point is to carefully read through your insurance contract. For a claim to be successful the contract must cover the type of insurance risk suffered subject to the terms and conditions, exclusions and exemptions of that policy. Coronavirus represents a substantial challenge to the insurance industry and it is widely reported in the press that insurers may...

We look at family business disputes following a case we recently concluded that allowed a son to retain the family farm after his previous solicitor told him he didn't have a valid legal claim.   Family business disputes Our solicitors are often asked to advise on family business disputes. These often involve broken promises, usually promises made by the owner of the family business to their children who are working in the business. A classic example of this type of dispute involves family farms....

Neighbour disputes are on the increase in the UK   Our specialist lawyers in Devon and Somerset can help with your neighbour dispute. For a free initial case assessment call us on 0808 139 1606 or email [email protected]   We have seen a rise in the number of neighbour disputes in recent months. The increase appears to be directly linked to the coronavirus crisis as people are spending more time in their gardens and undertaking all those neglected DIY jobs. Neighbour disputes arising from arguments over boundaries Neighbour...

Coronavirus and contract disputes If you are looking for solicitors experienced in contract disputes then call our free legal helpline for a chat on 0808 139 1606 or send an email to [email protected] Our commercial litigation team has seen a number of contract disputes arise due to the practical difficulties brought about by coronavirus. In recent weeks we have dealt with a range of disputes caused by the pandemic, including wedding contract disputes, holiday contract disputes and building contract disputes. Here is a summary of...

Boundary disputes and remote mediation   We specialise in boundary disputes in Devon and Somerset. Among the services we offer is  boundary dispute mediation which can now be done remotely. Call for a free case assessment on 0808 139 1606 or email [email protected]   Boundary disputes are on the increase One of the many consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is that people are spending a lot more time in their gardens. But while this means that our herbaceous borders have never looked better, the downside...

Business interruption insurance claims and coronavirus   Our commercial litigation team is often asked to advise on claims arising from insurance contracts. The coronavirus crisis is resulting in many more disputes between businesses and their insurers. Commercial litigation partner, David Paull, looks at one particular area of concern; coronavirus business interruption claims.   Contact us for a free case assessment and details of the funding options available for coronavirus business interruption claims on 01823 345654 or send an email to [email protected]   Coronavirus represents a substantial challenge to...

If you have suffered gambling losses after you asked to self-exclude can you seek legal redress? Unfortunately we are unable to offer free legal guidance on gambling losses. Gambling losses can be crippling and devastate people's lives, but the options for seeking legal redress are very limited in England and Wales. The law surrounding gambling is complex, but in general if the bookmaker or casino has complied with its terms and conditions then it is unlikely that you will have a claim. The courts...