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Acting on a no-win-no-fee basis, Curzon Green secured a judgment for their client in an unlawful eviction claim against his former landlord. The landlord had evicted the Claimant one month into his tenancy, without giving any notice. The total damages awarded by the Court came to a five-figure sum and included damages under the Housing Act for failing to protect the tenant's deposit, damages for stress and anxiety, aggravated damages, loss of earnings, and compensation for the cost of having to arrange expensive emergency accommodation. The Court has also ordered the Defendant to pay the Claimant's costs in full.

The case is a warning for landlords that it is essential to follow the correct statutory procedures when seeking possession of a property. Curzon Green are able to assist landlords in obtaining possession legally and can also take on tenant's cases where the law has not been followed.
We are pleased that Imogen Kelly has joined us for the summer to assist our dispute resolution and family law teams. Imogen is currently undertaking a law degree and intends to return to university in September to complete the final year of her studies.

Perspex screens are now in place in our meeting rooms to facilitate face-to-face meetings with clients where this is necessary during these COVID-19 times. Other mitigation measures are in place and appointments continue to be offered strictly by appointment only,

As part of lockdown measures, home moves were disallowed unless they were “reasonably necessary”. The government has relaxed this requirement from 13 May 2020, and now anyone in England can now move house if they follow new guidance published by the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Estate agents’ offices can open; viewings are permitted; show homes can open and sales/lettings can proceed but guidance from Public Health England must continue to be followed. Guidance from the government on home moving during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, our firm has been committed to assisting clients with their transactions. All our lawyers have been able to work from home using existing agile-working capabilities. This has enabled us to continue acting for clients throughout the lockdown. For the sales and purchases that have been pressing ahead, we have included provisions in contracts to protect our client’s position in the event of delays caused if one of the parties contracted coronavirus or is required to self-isolate.

We have business continuity procedures in place which have meant we have been able to continue to be fully operational and support our clients on all their matters.

We have been closely following all relevant government and public health guidance and have been adapting our office set-up to ensure our staff, clients and other visitors are safe, which includes ensuring social distancing measures are in place for everyone working at our offices.

We appreciate that while we may not be able to return to normal for some time, it is necessary for certain legal services to be carried out face-to-face. Therefore, we have recently installed Perspex screens in our meeting rooms, we will continue to ensure that all workspaces and rooms are clean and hygienic, and handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer are readily available for all those who enter the building.

We will continue to accommodation telephone and video meetings when needed.

If you are displaying any symptoms, regardless of how mild, you need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Curzon Green Solicitors are one of the first firms in the country to offer a bespoke version of Settify's innovative online platform to both its family and Will clients.

Prospective clients can access Settify via the firm's website. Settify asks 8 simple questions about a person's situation and an algorithm generates a personalised summary of where the client stands and what likely needs to be done. Subsequently, prospective clients have the opportunity to complete and indepth induction emulating the initial questions that the lawyers have traditionally asked face to face. 

Curzon Green have recently secured success in defending a school against claims in the First-Tier Tribunal for Special Education Needs and Disability. The school faced claims arising from allegations of disability and harassment during the provision of education to a child with special needs requirements. A claim was brought in the Tribunal by the parents of the child, and was robustly defended by Curzon Green. The matter proceeded to a Hearing upon which all the claims brought by the Claimants were subsequently dismissed.

If you are an education provider and anticipate proceedings may be likely, we are able to advise on the merits of the claims and the practice and procedure of the Tribunal, to ensure you are well equipped for any claims that do arise and offer you the support you need throughout. As always, Curzon Green has a focus on balancing detailed, practical advice with the need for cost-effectiveness and accordingly can tailor its service to suit the needs of your establishment. 

Congratulations to Jessie Mark who today will be added to the roll of solcitors. Jessie has spent most of her trainiing contract working within the dispute resolution and employment law teams, and it is envisaged this will continue on in the near future.

We are pleased that we are still able to expand during these tough times, and that Louise Pitts has joined us. Louise will be working as a Private Client Lawyer working predominantly in our High Wycombe office.

On 19 February 2020, the Government published a policy statement introducing an Immigration Bill to bring a "firm and fair points-based system that will attract the high-skilled workers we need to contribute to our economy".

The key changes for employers to note are as follows:

1. Employers who are not currently approved by the Home Office to be a sponsor should consider doing so if they think they will want to sponsor skilled migrants, including from the EU, from early 2021.

2. In order to be sponsored, the worker will need to be able to speak English and will need to obtain prior approval to come to the UK under the route.

3. Sponsored workers will need to be skilled to at least Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3 (which roughly equates to A-levels). Currently, the worker must be skilled to degree-level (RQF 6).

4. Sponsored workers will need to have a salary of at least £25,600 per annum. Currently, the threshold is £30,000. If, however the role is an occupation listed on the shortage occupation list, the salary may be between £20,480 - £25,600.

5. There will be no resident labour market test and monthly restrictions on numbers will be 'suspended'.

6. Employers should also take into consideration the costs of visa fees, Immigration Skills Charges and the Immigration Health Surcharge.

To find out how you can prepare your business for the new change, call one of the telephone numbers at the top of this page to speak to one of our experienced law practitioners.

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