Monthly Archives: April 2020

GUIDANCE ON THE CONDUCT OF REMOTE COST HEARINGS

Kevin Latham writes on the latest guidance for the conduct of remote cost hearings. DETAILED ASSESSMENTS Detailed assessment proceedings are often not thought of as critical work. That is often fair, however, the reality is that the legal profession rely heavily on them. After the ‘lockdown’ was imposed in the UK on 23 March 2020, […]

AMENDMENTS TO THE CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS: NOT STAYING OUT

The Coronavirus Regulations have been amended  (effective from today at 11.00 pm). There are some important changes.  The most significant amendment is to Regulation 6. This means that a person is committing an offence if they left the place where they are living with a good reason but stayed outside without a good excuse. “Regulation […]

FOUR TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL REMOTE APPLICATION

Mark Harper QC offers four tips on how to conduct a successful remote application.     Today Andrew Grantham QC and I conducted a remote 3 hour summary judgment application in the Manchester B&P Court before HHJ Pearce. Bar a few initial teething problems the hearing was conducted efficiently and properly. Bodes well for the […]

Executing Wills and LPAs During The Lockdown: SEMINAR 24th APRIL 2020

Kings is holding a live and interactive digital seminar at 12.00 – 12.30 Friday 24th April on Executing Wills and LPAs During The Lockdown THE SEMINAR This is a short and sharp 20 minute seminar focusing on the practical approach to the execution of wills and LPAs in the current crisis THE SPEAKERS Fay Collinson and […]

THERE ARE 110 POSTS ON THIS SITE: HERE IS A GUIDE TO HELP YOU TAKE YOUR PICK

This site has been going for a month now. During that time there have been 110 individual posts across a wide range of subjects. To help readers we thought it was time that the posts were catalogued in an easily available way. (To further assist most of the posts are categorised in any event. If, […]

CAN AN EMPLOYEE TAKE ANNUAL LEAVE DURING FURLOUGH: THERE MAY BE A DEFINITE ANSWER: BUT KEEP WATCHING

Anisa Niaz-Dickinson  offers advice on the issue of whether employees can take annual leave during furlough. THE QUESTION One question that has been frequently raised with the Kings’ team in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) is whether or not an employee on furlough can take annual leave during the furough period. This […]

President of the Family Division: Guidance as to the replacement of affidavits with statements of truth in non-contentious probate processes

On the 17th April the President of the Family Division issued Guidance which allows statements of truth to be used in place of affidavits in non contentious probate proceedings. PRESIDENT’S GUIDANCE   1. This guidance is issued to assist the courts and practitioners in relation to the use of statements of truth as a replacement for […]

WHAT CONSTITUTES A REASONABLE EXCUSE TO LEAVE THE PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE: POLICE GUIDANCE

The National Police Chief’s Council and the College of Policing have reproduced guidance from the CPS as to what constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live. It is available here.    THE GUIDANCE The guidance states that some earlier statements on the legal test were wrong.   The test is “reasonable excuse”. […]

SETTING ASIDE DEFAULT JUDGMENTS: SOME COVID-SPECIFIC ISSUES

  During the Covid-19 lockdown, businesses are at risk of failing to respond in time to legal proceedings. Some will be understaffed and slow to deal with post; others may have closed down completely, with limited or no access to their normal premises. It remains to be seen whether this will result in a higher […]

GUIDANCE FOR HEARINGS IN TRIBUNALS: USEFUL LINKS

There are now a number of guides available to assist lawyers and litigants in the the specialist tribunals. THE LINKS Administrative Appeals Chamber – Face to face hearings are not being held but telephone and video hearings can take place. If a judge decides that an appeal does not need a hearing, the case will be decided […]