Posts in Dispute Resolution
Mediation Awareness Week

Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes without the need to go to court, and is one of several tools used by good and experienced litigation solicitors. An independent third party-mediator helps in facilitating a resolution to the dispute.

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UK Civil Litigation: The Brexit Effect

The outcome of June’s EU referendum has caused shockwaves across political and economic spectrums and it is almost certain to affect the legal sphere as well, with much of our legislation intricately entwined with EU laws. We don’t yet know exactly how or when this is going to start changing our laws, but below are three specific areas of civil litigation which are likely to be most affected.

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Dispute Resolution: The Big Bang Reforms

The world of litigation has been turned on its head with the long-awaited reforms recommended by Lord Justice Jackson having been brought in on 1 April 2013 through a combination of legislation, regulations and rule changes.  Although the effects of these changes have had the greatest impact on personal injury litigation, much has also changed in the world of commercial disputes. Here are a few of the key changes:

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Recovery of Commercial Rent Arrears

From April this year, the Landlord-friendly remedy of distress against a tenant in rent arrears was abolished and in its place is a new regime known as the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (“CRAR”). This affects commercial properties only and effectively puts the tenant in a much better position.

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Drive to promote apprenticeships as a credible alternative to university

The minimum wage for apprentices is set to rise shortly, as part of a drive to increase the number of apprenticeships available in England and Wales. The Low Pay Commission, which is tasked with recommending what minimum wage rate increases should be each year, recommended in February that the Apprentice rate should rise from £2.73 an hour to £2.80 an hour, an increase of 2.6%.

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Recovery of Commercial Rent Arrears

The Introduction of CRAR – Landlords Beware
From April this year, the Landlord-friendly remedy of distress against a tenant in rent arrears was abolished and in its place is a new regime known as the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (“CRAR”). This affects commercial properties only and effectively puts the tenant in a much better position.

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