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By brocs1, Apr 1 2020 10:25AM

We are and will remain open for business and are committed to providing our clients with the best advice in this challenging time we find ourselves in.


Our staff are working remotely in line with Government guidelines and can be contacted as normal by telephone and email.


We have staff ready to deal with all issues arising from the outbreak of Covid-19/ Coronavirus and the impact it is having on you individually or to your business.


https://www.summerfieldbrowne.com/coronavirus/4594893520


If you have an issue and require legal advice, please contact our offices on 0800 567 7595 or enquiries@summerfieldbrowne.com


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough and assist with cases all over the UK.


By brocs1, Mar 25 2020 11:06AM

In these unprecedented times, and as the virus continues to spread significantly, it’s posing substantial challenges to many organisations – employers and employees alike.


As many businesses face temporary closures throughout the UK, some organisations are unsure whether this will be temporary or lead to a permanent closure of the business.


Guidance is available on how employers should act in response to the threat and assist employees by being prepared, particularly looking after employees’ health and safety and developing flexible resourcing plans.


If you are an employee and unsure on where you stand with your employment and would like further information or guidance or you are an employer and would like guidance on preparing your business to face the threat of coronavirus, then do contact Summerfield Browne Solicitors. We have a number of specialist lawyers to assist.


If you have an issue regarding Employment and require legal advice, please contact our offices on 0800 567 7595 or enquiries@summerfieldbrowne.com


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough and assist with cases all over the UK.


By sfb solicitors, Mar 17 2020 10:53AM

Following the recent announcement in the Chancellor’s Budget to review the business rate relief, one of our long-standing clients raise an important point, featured in the Evening Standard below


https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/letters/the-reader-small-west-end-traders-need-more-help-rishi-a4386826.html


If you have an issue regarding Business Rates and require legal advice, please contact our offices on 1858 414 284 or enquiries@summerfieldbrowne.com



Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough and assist with cases all over the UK.



By sfb solicitors, Mar 4 2020 12:06PM


The Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 was enacted by parliament on 16th July 1998. It enabled universities to charge tuition fees. The act also made provision for the new system of student loans. The passing of this act replaced the Education Act 1998. It was later updated in the Higher Education Act 2004.


There are two types of student loan. The newer type of loan, known as an income contingent loan, is repayable by a borrower under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 (THEA 1998). The older type of loan, known as a mortgage style loan, is repayable under the Education (Student Loans) Act 1990 (E(SL)A 1990).


Student loans are the main method of direct government support for higher education students. According to a Briefing Paper, published by House of Commons Library in June 2019, more than £17 billion is loaned to around 1.3 million higher education students in England each year. The value of outstanding loans at the end of March 2019 reached £121 billion. The Government forecasts the value of outstanding loans to be reach around £450 billion (2018-19 prices) by the middle of this century. The average debt among the cohort of borrowers who finished their courses in 2018 was £36,000. The Government expects that 30% of current full-time undergraduates who take out loans will repay them in full.


If you have an issue regarding a Student Loan and require legal advice, please contact our offices on 1858 414 284 or enquiries@summerfieldbrowne.com


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough and assist with cases all over the UK.



By sfb solicitors, Feb 7 2020 10:15AM

Summerfield Browne continues to represent clients being pursued by business rates company RVA Surveyors, a recent matter against RVA featured in a national newspaper below


https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rva-surveyors-accused-forging-signatures-21441069


Our client did not dispute having signed a contract in 2013 however refuted having met with another representative of RVA Surveyors, let alone having signed a further contract in 2014, less than a year later.


RVA Surveyors failed to provide any evidence or explanation to support why a second contract was allegedly entered into or why the handwriting in both contracts appeared to be the same.


After considering the evidence presented and comparing the two contracts the Deputy District Judge advised that it was reasonable for him to consider that it was the same handwriting on both contracts and on the balance of probabilities they were written by the same person. The Deputy District Judge concluded that the second contract was fraudulent, and the Claimant’s claim was dismissed.


On the small claims track the general rule is both parties bear their own costs. However, after robust submissions were made on behalf of our client the Deputy District Judge agreed that an unreasonable costs order was appropriate and that this was a case where costs outside fixed costs were appropriate and awarded costs on an indemnity basis.


If you too are being pursued by RVA Surveyors and require legal advice, please contact our offices on 01858 414 284 or rva@summerfieldbrowne.com


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough and assist with cases all over the UK.



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