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Isobel Willoughby
    • Isobel Willoughby

    • Director, Head of Commercial/Commercial Property Team
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Commercial property considerations for damage by insured risks

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Commercial landlords rely on insurance to cover the cost of repairing damage to their investment property beyond normal wear and tear, and business tenants expect a rent holiday if they cannot use their premises. Many commercial landlords and tenants,...

Making your commercial property portfolio more sustainable

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Growing evidence of climate change has put sustainability firmly on the commercial property agenda. Owners, occupiers, and lenders are increasingly focused on ‘ESG’ which refers to environmental, social and governance issues. Lenders...

Landlord options if a tenant breaches repair obligations

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Making sure a commercial property is well maintained is one of a landlord’s key priorities, and it is almost as important as getting in the rent. Under a full repairing and insuring lease; the tenant is obliged to keep the property in a good state of...

Obligations under a full repairing and insuring commercial lease

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Keeping commercial property insured and in good repair is important for both landlords and tenants, but for slightly different reasons. The tenant wants to be able to run a business from a well-maintained property. The landlord’s chief...

Ecommerce refresher for retailers trading online in the UK

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Ecommerce is a fast-moving medium for retailers and, whether you have an established online presence or are just starting out, a periodic review of changes in the law and trading regulations can help ensure your business runs smoothly. ...

Secrets of success in manufacturing agreements

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Relationships with manufacturers can become the backbone of your business in the long term, which is why it is important to have legal agreements in place that will grow with these relationships. ‘B efore any contract conversations even begin,...

Legal advice on the sale or purchase of a business

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Selling a business ? Make sure you clear out any skeletons first. Preparation is the key to success with most things in life and is particularly important when you are trying to attract a buyer for your business. This is because any potential...

Best practice when using subcontractors

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Whether you are planning on using subcontractors for a one-off project or on a long-term basis, there are several steps you can take to safeguard both your business and business relationships. ‘ The first step is to carry out some basic checks...

The key legal issues to take you from startup to scale up

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Starting any new business comes with a steep learning curve, especially as a founder when you often find yourself wearing all the management hats. This is why it is important to deal with the core legal issues early, so that when the time comes to scale up,...

Can I change the use of my business premises?

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If the pandemic has left you with empty commercial property , now could be a good time to look for alternative uses. To help businesses make the best use of commercial real estate, the Government has made the planning rules more flexible so that it...

Exiting your commercial lease - what are the options?

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‘ If your business is struggling and you lease your premises, it might be tempting to simply hand back the keys and walk away from your lease ,’ says Isobel Willoughby , Director and commercial property solicitor with Crombie Wilkinson...

Your commercial property portfolio - time to restructure?

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A commercial property portfolio is just like any other investment - to get the best out of it, you need to manage it well, and sometimes it will benefit from being restructured. The unforeseen impact of Covid-19 on the whole of the UK economy has underlined...

Succession planning for farming families

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Back in 2017, Farmers Weekly carried out research which suggested that around 60% of farming families did not have a written succession plan in place. Based on our experiences with farming clients throughout Ryedale and beyond, this percentage is unlikely...

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Every business we speak to at the moment is seeking ways to mitigate the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic . Of particular importance to our clients is protecting their workforce, and trying to avoid the need for lay-offs, wage reductions, and...

Coronavirus - advice for employers

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As concerns over the Coronavirus increase, we are finding that a lot of employers are asking our advice in relation to their obligations towards their employees. Coronavirus – What is it? “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses...

The Family Business

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We see a significant number of clients who are farming in partnership with their family members and, of course, such arrangements frequently run perfectly smoothly. Any reluctance to formalise the family partnership in a written agreement is therefore...