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News
Mar 20
A  Video Message from our Staff COVID-19 Legal Guidance  Message from Andrew Watson, Managing Partner COVID-19 has certainly presented us with some challenges. To meet those challenges we have put...
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News
Jun 20
Welcome to Simon Stempien and Amy  Husk who join who our expanding Commercial Property team.  During lockdown we also gave a big 'virtual' welcome  to  Curtis Wray, Jonathan Masucci and Robert...
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News
Jun 20
Tax Expert, Joanne Beale answers questions frequently asked by clients on how the new rules introduced from 6 April 2020 affect sales of second homes/properties.   Background The deadlines for filing...
News
Jun 20
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the second Canterbury Wine Festival™ has been postponed and it has been confirmed that it will now take place in summer 2021.
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News
Jun 20
There can hardly be a business in the UK that has not been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and it is heartening to see measures being introduced to help our high streets to reopen safely. The...
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News
Jun 20
Commercial  Property expert, Allison Simmons looks at why The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 can play a vital role in protecting your business. What is the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954? If you are a...
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News
Jun 20
DATED: 29 JUNE 2020 A Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) test case seeks to provide clarification for Business Interruption insurance claims. Head of Dispute Resolution, David Mallinson explains more.
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News
Jun 20
Family Law expert, Gemma Purt looks at the growing popularity of Pet Nups and asks should pet owners consider putting one in place? For many families and couples pets are an integral part of daily...
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News
Jun 20
Gemma Bath, Head of Residential Property looks at who is eligible for HMRC’s 'exceptional circumstances' extension for stamp duty surcharge, aimed at helping homeowners who have been unable to sell...
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News
Jun 20
BBC Moneybox guest and Girlings’ debt recovery expert, Ailsa Fairchild shares her top ten tips for effective debt recovery. If you would like help on a debt recovery matter, please contact Ailsa at...
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Jun 20
Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) has been supporting sight impaired people to live independent lives since 1920.
News
Jun 20
Keeping safe and making plans to return to work are key priorities for all UK businesses. On 17 June,  Canterbury BID's weekly In Conversation series focussed on the impact of COVID-19 on Canterbury...
News
Jun 20
DATED: 19 JUNE 2020 Family Law expert, Curtis Wray advises on how you can seek help if you are experiencing domestic abuse. Leaving home to escape domestic abuse The United Kingdom has been under...
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News
Jun 20
Family Law specialist, Curtis Wray looks at the protective injunctions available for victims of domestic abuse. It has been widely reported that there has been an increase in individuals seeking...
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News
Jun 20
DATED: 17 JUNE 2020 This article looks at the reasons behind the delays at the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate. It also gives a short guide to the probate process and outlines what is...
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News
Jun 20
DATED 17 JUNE 2020 Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the family division has drawn up a roadmap for what the family courts will look like over the next few months. In the new framework entitled...
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News
Jun 20
Jonathan Masucci advises on measures directors can take to protect themselves in the context of the Insolvency Act and COVID-19.
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News
Jun 20
The short answer is yes. Ovid Busette explains how and in what circumstances a Will can be legally changed. What can you do if someone has not written their Will in the most tax-efficient way or if...
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News
Jun 20
DATED: 8 JUNE 2020 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closes to new entrants from 30 June 2020. Any employer wishing to furlough an employee must act quickly, as the rules require furlough periods...
Events
May 20
Employment Law Webinar Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 9.30am In this one hour webinar aimed at HR professionals, managers and business owners, Girlings’ Employment Law experts consider the key challenges...
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News
May 20
DATED: 28 MAY 2020 With millions of people now required to work from home, lockdown has caused significant practical and legal difficulties for the signing and witnessing of documents. In light of...
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News
May 20
Commercial Property expert David Redgate, looks at COVID-19’s impact on existing business lease terms and answers questions he has been asked frequently by both landlords and tenants during the...
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News
May 20
DATED: 7 MAY 2020 BBC Moneybox guest and Girlings’ debt recovery expert, Ailsa Fairchild explains the actions creditors can take during the COVID-19 crisis.  As the Covid-19 crisis continues, with...
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News
May 20
In the second of two articles, Commercial Property expert, Simon Stempien looks at two further property development options available for landowners who have land capable of being developed.
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News
May 20
In the first of two articles, Commercial Property expert, Simon Stempien looks at the property development options available for landowners who have land capable of being developed.
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Events
May 20
As sponsors of Herne Bay Hockey Club's Men's First Eleven, Girlings are delighted that their promotion has now been formally confirmed. 
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News
May 20
DATED: 5 MAY 2020 Many enquiries from clients focus on whether COVID-19 is a 'force majeure' event and on whether a contract has been 'frustrated'.  Dispute Resolution expert, David Mallilnson looks...
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News
May 20
DATED: 5 MAY 2020 In the first of a regular update on issues facing the agricultural sector, Commercial Property expert, Amy Husk gives a roundup of recent developments for the sector relating to...
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News
May 20
The Government has been under significant pressure in recent weeks to revise their emergency lending support, as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, is failing to provide financial...
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News
Apr 20
DATED: 22 APRIL 2020 In the final one of a four part series, Commercial Propert expert, Amy Husk looks at issues arising from a commercial lease which may affect both landlords and tenants during the...

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