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Welcome to the Pictons Commercial Newsletter! 

In these regular updates you will find a selection of brief yet informative articles as well as news about our firm. We hope you find the content to be useful. 

In This Issue

 

Don’t let the Devil be the Detail

Businesses have responded very quickly to a fast changing economic and social environment. As a result of this many are having a good look at what they do and how they do it.

Which in turn has involved a review of a wide range of practices and relationships. Many of these are supported by contracts and service agreements – which are essential to most organisations.

The speed at which many organisations have had to adapt has placed considerable strain on the senior teams of businesses who have had to make decisions much quicker than they normally would. Now they are looking at the shape of their business going forward. Contractual agreements provide the skeleton that hold businesses together.

In becoming more agile business owners should not skimp on the detail associated with key business agreements. Whether the agreement be associated with a supplier serving the business or... read more

Property Market Opens For Business

The government has recently announced that estate agents can now re-open, viewings can be carried out and removal firms and conveyancers can restart operations.

This is all subject to the social distancing and health and safety regulations that are now in place.

The BBC has estimated that there are approximately 450,000 buyers and renters with plans on hold whilst Zoopla was reported as saying that they estimate that £82billion of property sales had effectively been put on hold during the lockdown. This could now potentially flow through.

Pictons has continued to advise clients on sales during the lockdown and its team are in place to respond immediately to the increased flow of transactions.

If you need help with a sale or a purchase please contact our Property team.

No Fault Divorce Backed By MP's

A bill introducing “no-fault” divorces in England and Wales has passed through the House of Commons with a likelihood of it becoming law as early as July.

Currently one person can start divorce proceedings immediately by alleging unreasonable behaviour, desertion or adultery against the other party.  A ‘fault based’ divorce is therefore the only option if people don’t want to wait a minimum of two years before divorcing. As couples can only have finality in relation to their financial arrangements if they divorce, many do not want to wait that long before being able to move on. Equally though they don’t want to have to ‘blame’ the other party for the marriage breakdown. For this reason the current system has for many years received wide criticism.

The proposed changes will take away the blame game and mean that an individual would only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The bill also takes away the ability to contest the divorce. There will still be a possibility of challenging a divorce petition... read more

The Solicitor's Apprentice
- Grace's Story

Apprenticeships date back to the 12th century in the UK but due to recent policy changes are proving to be an excellent choice for both employees and employers in the professions. Previously associated with engineering, crafts and guilds they now offer a very attractive choice for ambitious young professionals. Apprenticeships will again fall under the spotlight during National Apprenticeship Week which this year is 3-9 February.  One such apprentice is Grace Roe.

Grace is a Solicitor Apprentice with Pictons. She is at the early stages of 6 years of training that includes working for Pictons, four years of University degree study followed by two years devoted to the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Six years of committed professional training is not to be undertaken lightly but it’s something Grace knew she wanted to do.

“When I left the 6th form I knew I wanted to become a solicitor and six years of study and on the job training does not seem like a long time when you have a secure job, a supportive employer and good working environment.”

The Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme requires considerable commitment. Grace works at Pictons four days a week, has one day a week study time and allocates study time in the evenings and at weekends.

When discussing how she came to join Pictons she said:

“I spent some time at another law firm but found that my development was not as advanced as I wanted. I am from Luton and knew of Pictons as being one of the better more established firms in the area. Being a Luton Town supporter I also knew they had links with the club!”... read more

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