Covid-19: The use of electronic signatures (e-signatures)

Signing Documents and Covid-19 E-signatures are now considered valid subject to certain requirements. In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic the use of e-signatures has increased and many law firms have started using this form of signature within their deeds and documents to reduce the risk to their clients and themselves At present it is acceptable for deeds and documents to be signed with e-signatures, but only under the following circumstances: The requisite intent and appropriate authority (you intend to sign via this method) have been applied to use e-signatures;There…

What rights do absent parents have if they come back into a child’s life after several years’ away?

The concept of a traditional family unit has changed, and, in some situations, this can give rise to problems. Figures from 2016 suggest that not only does it have a huge impact on the mental wellbeing of the family unit, but it has a financial impact too. According to the Relationships Foundation’s report ‘The Cost of Family Failure Index’, the economic impact of family breakdown in 2016 was higher than the UK defence budget, at an astonishing £48billion. That breaks down to an individual cost for each and every taxpayer…

A landlord’s guide to dealing with Anti-social Behaviour

Having to deal with anti-social behaviour will undoubtedly be one of the most daunting problems that a landlord will have to deal with. The general rule is that a landlord cannot be held liable for a tenant’s action unless they have authorised the anti-social behaviour. The first thing that may cross a landlord’s mind is how do they evict the tenant. Before embarking upon legal proceedings the landlord should consider discussing the matter with their tenant, but should their behaviour not improve seeking a possession order may be the only…

Online and email risk: think before you click

What you write in emails or on the internet could seriously damage your own or another person's reputation, you could lose your job and you and your company could be sued, or even imprisoned. Stop and think before you click Anything written in an email has the potential for public exposure (for example, if the email is forwarded to others). Posting on the internet is essentially making a public statement (for example, when commenting on social media sites, blogs or other electronic forums). Failing to take care about what you…

Immigration Act 2014 – Tougher responsibilities on landlords

Earlier this year the Government's bill to tackle immigration was passed. The Immigration Act 2014 ("the Act") broadens the policing on immigration by placing additional responsibilities on the public at large, and more precisely on landlords. Under the Act landlords will be expected to examine if a prospective tenant has the right to be in the UK. If a landlord is found renting a property to an illegal migrant without carrying out the necessary checks that is expected of them under the Act they may find themselves liable for a…

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