Eat Out to Help Out – Get your business found!

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme means diners are able to get discounts of up to 50% on food and drinks between Monday and Wednesday between the 3rd and 31st of August, with the government reimbursing the businesses for these discounts, in a bid to get the hospitality industry back on track.   People […]

Home Office update: Replacement visas available until the end of the year, with VAC’s now accepting passports

If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. This does not apply to other types of visas.   This process […]

Pubs and restaurants may have to register all customers as hospitality industry re-opens

Decisions on relaxing the 2-metre distancing rule and reopening hospitality on 4 July are expected to be finalised at a meeting of the government’s Covid-19 committee today.   The committee will also be discussing the option of customers having to give their name and contact information on entry, as a means of keeping track of […]

Lockdown divorce rates are sky high…and their affect on the property market is HUGE

Being in lockdown has been hard on all of us, but it has been even worse for couples who were already questioning the lifespan of their marriage. With the current rules keeping everyone cooped up at home, it can intensify an already volatile relationship.   Divorce rates since lockdown have seen a significant rise, and […]

Immigration Detainees Have Dropped by More Than 75%

In a recent statistical report on Covid-19 and the immigration system, it was noted that between the start of the UK lockdown on 23 March and the end of April, 295 people entered immigration detention.   231 of these people were classed as “clandestine entrants”, which means they entered the UK via secretive means, or […]

Jury trials to resume, but safety is paramount

HMCTS has confirmed that four Crown Courts have been assessed as currently suitable to hold jury trials and will begin to do so from next week.   They are:   Central Criminal Court, London (Old Bailey) Bristol Crown Court Cardiff Crown Court Manchester (Minshull Street)   Courts expected to reopen in the coming weeks are: […]

More funding in place for TFL

A statement issued from the Department of Transport today (18.05.20) states the following:   “In order to keep vital public transport services running in London and further ramp up services to support social distancing, the government agreed on Thursday 14 May a package of support for Transport for London (TfL). It comprises £1.095 billion of […]

Lisa’s Law COVID-19 Update: Your Online Solicitor!

Business is operating as usual here at Lisa’s Law Solicitors, and we have many brand new developments to ensure a high quality and efficient legal service is provided to our clients.   While rules relating to coronavirus mean people now have to stay indoors, we have adapted and brought in new technology which allows clients […]

UK officially adds loss of taste and smell to COVID-19 symptoms

A loss of taste or smell have now been added to the list of symptoms related to coronavirus, and if people realise they are experiencing this they should stay home for at least 7 days.   Up until now, only a fever and cough were triggers for people to shut themselves away in self-isolation in […]

How should business owners be keeping their workspace clean and safe for their employees?

The workforce in England is still being told to work from home where they possibly can, a rule which will come as a relief to most people as the struggle against COVID-19 continues.   However, some people will be going into work now that Boris Johnson has encouraged those who cannot do their jobs from […]

Stuck outside the UK with an expiring passport? – here is what you should do

Getting a British passport is usually not too difficult for nationals of the country, but the coronavirus crisis has complicated the process for many people.   If you are in the UK and need a passport urgently, the bad news is that Premium and Fast Track services are temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19. The good […]

Moving house is possible once again – but how will it work with social distancing rules?

England’s property market will reopen from today with estate agents getting the green light from the government to start operating again.   Conveyancers and removals firms can also start operations again, and buyers and renters will be able to complete purchases and view properties in person. Surveyors are also allowed to enter homes to complete […]

Too many detainees granted bail? Judges and Home Office failing to see eye to eye.

In what appears to be a heated debate, a senior judge has rebuked claims from the Home Office about the level of bail being granted to detained migrants recently, saying that the independent judiciary deal with such cases based on the law and nothing else.   The Home Office is supposed to detain only those […]

PM’s vague speech leaves many confused – but what has actually changed?

Yesterday evening, Boris Johnson announced the government’s plan to continue to fight coronavirus in the UK with a view to, at the same time, introduce policies that will help move the country towards normality once again. This announcement was followed by a 60 page guidance document made public today (11/05/2020).   His speech has been […]

Force Majeure: When is it relevant and can you rely on it?

What does force majeure mean?   Force majeure, which is French for ‘superior force’, refers to a clause that is included in contracts to remove liability for natural and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events and prevent participants from fulfilling the obligations of the contract.   Some examples of what can potentially […]

What Protection is the Government giving to Universities during the Coronavirus Crisis?

The Home Office has today revealed new measures aimed at stabilising university admissions this autumn, with an aim to ensure “students are safeguarded at a time of unprecedented uncertainty”.   Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced the measures which have been based on proposals from the universities sector.   Williamson said:   “We […]

COVID-19 Testing – Who can apply and how does it work?

Knowing how many people in the UK have the coronavirus is obviously of paramount importance. Those who know that they have it will be more inclined to completely self-isolate – as we know that in some people the virus can show little to know symptoms but is still very contagious. This is vital for key […]

What powers do the police have in enforcing social distancing?

The police are doing a fantastic job on the front-lines of this crisis, and deserve a huge amount of respect, gratitude and empathy from the general public. What is already a massively demanding job has been made much tougher due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is no surprise that the Thursday public clapping for the […]

Are public funds available to migrants due to COVID-19, and how can they apply for them?

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, and has now solidified itself as one of the largest global catastrophes to occur in recent history.   For the vast majority of people in the UK, the worries that come with the virus are universal: worrying about the health of family members and themselves, having to self-isolate, […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme has now launched – but how does it work?

First things first, what does it mean to be furloughed?   Furloughing means an employee’s job is put on hold. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows firms to put employees on furlough, meaning they do not work but still get paid by the employer with money provided by the state.   The government will cover […]

Employment issues created by the Coronavirus – Where do you stand?

Issues bred from COVID-19 surrounding employment are some of the most vital, as peoples livelihoods may be affected.   This article aims to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have seen to do with coronavirus and employment.   Can an employer lay off employees?   The virus has caused countless businesses to lose […]

Free Professional Will Service for Our Amazing NHS Workers

The outbreak of COVID-19 has hit everyone hard, but none harder than the incredible NHS staff who are risking their lives every day in order to look after others.   We are hugely lucky to have the NHS, not only in hard times such as the ones we currently find ourselves in, but every day. […]

Uncertain times call for extraordinary measures for Landlords and Tenants

The following article was written by Salina Lim of our Conveyancing team.    Commercial tenants and landlords have an ongoing relationship in relation to lease terms despite the impact of COVID-19 on the economy on a global scale. This article touches on the various battles that tenants may endure against landlords, and vice versa during […]

Telephone and Video Hearings – Rules, Etiquette, and Advice

With the restrictions in place regarding social distancing, hearings are now largely taking place through video technology or over the phone. Below are some tips on how to make this process easier for everyone involved, as well as some guidance around the rules for regular hearings which still must be followed during video and telephone […]

Some rules for visas relaxed due to COVID-19 – but do they go far enough?

Coronavirus has everyone feeling nervous, whether it is concern for the health of family members, missing the freedom of the pre-coronavirus world, or financial worries that come with being in lockdown – most people have been negatively affected in some way.   For those who rely on visas to remain and work in the UK, […]

Building Success from Disaster: Tomorrow belongs to the prepared

When the coronavirus struck and Boris Johnson placed the UK on lock-down on 23 March 2020, the UK’s housing market was left in total turmoil and potential sellers and buyers in the lurch.   Current government advice states that house viewings should be avoided. Recent guidelines issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local […]

Child Abduction Proceedings and other Litigation Concerns – Amendments made amid Coronavirus

Amendments have been made to the practice and case management rules around Child Abduction Proceedings due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new guidance will be in place until further notice.   International Child Abduction and Contact Unit:   The ICACU staff are now operating remotely and are encouraging other Central Authorities to submit applications by […]

Coronavirus outbreak has thousands thinking about wills – we are here to help

The demand for wills has understandably increased since the outbreak of the coronavirus, with more people starting to contemplate their end of life plans. Financial consultancy firm deVere Group have revealed that the demand for wills jumped by 76% in the past fortnight alone.   People want to make sure everything is in place so […]

Housing possession proceedings suspended for 90 days

After considerable consultation on the impact of COVID-19, the court service has suspended all ongoing housing possession proceedings until June 25th 2020 – this means that neither cases currently in nor those about to start can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted.   This suspension will apply to those in both England […]

Coronavirus and the housing market – is it best to hold fire on moving home?

Whether it’s buying your first home, moving to a new location or selling a property that you’ve wanted to get rid of for years, navigating the property market can be a massively stressful and financially significant experience.   With the added complications of the coronavirus, this process is now even more challenging; many people have […]

Visa extensions and switches due to coronavirus – who can benefit and how can we help?

In response to the increasing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Home Office have altered their immigration policy to allow those with visa’s soon to expire or without status to apply for extension or switch into other type of visas without having to leave the UK, in order to alleviate mass anxiety surrounding this issue. […]

Home Office has granted easy visa extensions until 31 May due to coronavirus

The situation for people who are in the UK on an expiring visa and unable to leave because of travel restrictions is a very serious one, which the government has now addressed.   The official guidance says:   If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020: […]

What support is available for businesses during the coronavirus crisis?

The government has announced details of their support schemes for businesses during this difficult time, as you may have read about in our previous article here.   Businesses of all shapes and sizes may have been forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.   […]

Has your business been affected by Coronavirus? We can help you receive Government Aid!

Coronavirus has hit the business world hard, and everyone is understandably very worried.   Rishi Sunak has pledged £330bn worth of aid and cuts to help businesses through these uncertain times.   We value all of our clients greatly, and we know that many of them own businesses of various sizes – we will not […]

Budget 2020 – Tackling Coronavirus and Helping the Vulnerable?

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak today unveiled the new Conservative government Budget for 2020.   Sunak’s speech was made confidently despite the added pressure of the coronavirus outbreak and he promised to invest massive amounts of money into the NHS, UK businesses, and environmental issues amongst other things.   This article will focus on […]

Containment Phase to Continue – Cobra Coronavirus Meeting Confirms

Boris Johnson held another Cobra meeting today to discuss the coronavirus and how the UK plans to handle it.   Those at the meeting, which included leading health experts, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and senior politicians, concluded that the UK should remain in the ‘containment’ phase of its plan.   This means that measures […]

Money worries and travel chaos – Coronavirus saga continues

The number of people in the UK who have tested positive for the coronavirus now stands at 115, and that number is only going to get higher as the days go by.   The outbreak has caused much uncertainty and disruption, especially regarding travel, work and school life.   It has been predicted that, in […]

Coronavirus Crisis – Your Rights as a Worker

Coronavirus is at the front of everyone’s mind, and has been for some time.   Schools have been closing across the UK over fears that pupils and staff have been exposed to the virus, either from being on holiday in affected countries or contracting it from those around them.   The virus has now fully […]

Coronavirus battle plan in the UK

Current data on the coronavirus (COVID-19) shows that everyone in the UK is susceptible to catching the disease and more likely than not it will have a massive effect on how the country operates.   The vast majority of those who catch coronavirus will experience mild to moderate symptoms, but it is highly infectious and […]

Coronavirus ‘very likely’ to be a significant challenge for UK says Boris Johnson

Widespread transmission of coronavirus in the UK is now “highly likely”, Public Health England (PHE) has said.   Director for Health Protection Paul Cosford said the country must be prepared.   What’s the global situation?   The number of people killed worldwide by the coronavirus has exceeded 3,000, with China reporting 42 more deaths. More […]

Coronavirus: immigration guidance if you’re unable to return to China from the UK

Coronavirus has been at the front of everyone’s mind over the past few weeks. It is a scary situation when an illness like this one begins to spread, and it is very easy for people to start thinking the worst and panicking.   One thing that has been done to reduce the spreading of coronavirus […]