Considerations for Reopening Business Premises

With a gradual easing of lockdown throughout the UK, more and more businesses are looking to reopen their doors to their employees and the general public. Many businesses will be required to adapt the workplace in order to be able to enforce social distancing measures to comply with government guidelines.

In this article, we will answer questions we have received and outline some considerations that both landlords and tenants should take into account prior to reopening their businesses.

1 - Can a tenant make physical alterations to the property?

Flexible Working Requests


Over the past 6 months many employees across the UK have been working from home as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite homeworking being an initial shock to many, a large number of employees have expressed an interest in working from home on a permanent basis. A survey carried out by Eskenzi, a PR and Marketing Agency found that 9 out of 10 respondents would prefer to have at least one day a week working from home. 

Coronavirus UK – Updates for Landlord and Tenants

The initial statutory protection given to commercial tenants introduced by the UK Government was due to end on 30th June 2020. However further regulations have since been introduced in England and Wales to extend this period to 30th September 2020.

In this article, we will highlight the updated statutory protection given to commercial tenants and provide answers to frequently asked questions that we have received from both landlords and tenants.

1 - What are Landlords prohibited from doing?

Berry Smith Recognised for Dealmaker Excellence with Double Nomination

Once again, leading Welsh law firm, Berry Smith, is celebrating the success of a double nomination at the Wales Dealmakers Awards in Autumn 2020.

The winners of the Wales Dealmakers Awards 2020 will be revealed at the awards dinner at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on the evening of 11 November 2020. To find out more, please click here.

How Do You Recover a Debt Due from a Company and the Impact of Covid-19?

During the current climate it is more important than ever for companies to ensure that invoices and debts are paid on time so as to protect the financial standing of their business during difficult times.

There are numerous ways you can seek to recover monies due from a company. However, Covid-19 and legislation introduced as a consequence of the current pandemic have affected the more frequently used debt recovery options.

We will consider the main routes for debt recovery and the impact Covid-19 is having on their effectiveness.

Witnessing Wills by Video – Such A Good Idea?

Witnessing Wills by Video - The recent announcement by the government that, from September, individuals will be allowed to have their wills video-witnessed has been welcomed in some quarters but does it potentially allow greater opportunity for fraudsters?

In the early stages of "lockdown" and amidst the uncertainties over the impact of the Covid-19 virus, there was an inevitable desire for many people to review their current wills or make their first one.

Ask the Lawyer: Quarantine Advice for Employers (3rd August 2020)

With August 2020 already underway and many booking holidays abroad, we have received a number of queries from employers concerning the 14 day quarantine rules which affect employees returning to work.

We set out some frequently asked questions below.

1 - Does an employee need to self-isolate if they return from overseas?