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Monthly Archives: April 2020

Leases, Contracts and COVID-19: What is Force Majeure?

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The COVID-19 crisis has changed everything. Our personal lives have been upended and our businesses hit hard. 

And with many businesses operating out of leased premises, a great many landlords and tenants are asking themselves what happens if the crisis leaves a tenant unable to pay the agreed rental. 

What follows is of necessity a general guide […]

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In Times of Great Change, Make Sure Your Will is Updated!

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“Death always comes without knocking” (Margaret Atwood)

Particularly in these times of pandemic, deadly infections and uncertainty, no one can ever say with any confidence that we will still be alive tomorrow, or next month, or next year.

Now more than ever having a valid and updated will in place is no luxury to be attended to […]

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Divorce in a Time of Lockdown – What Grounds Can You Rely On?

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Note: If, as we hope, you personally have no need for an article on divorce, please think of passing this on to anyone you know who may find it relevant and useful.

The National Lockdown has thrown together many couples not used to spending “24/7” time in each other’s company. Relationships will have strengthened for many […]

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Property Sellers – Prepare for SPLUMA

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Many factors can delay your property transfer, and all of them are likely to cost you. 

A last-minute rush to comply with statutory requirements is one such pitfall to avoid. Beware therefore of the possibility that you will soon need (in some parts of the country you may already need), to lodge before transfer a formal […]

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Your Website of the Month: Lockdown Advice for Entrepreneurs

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“The scale of the national COVID-19 lockdown is unprecedented in living memory. The repercussions – personal, professional, national and international – will reverberate for years to come. As entrepreneurs, we need to be making the right decisions for right now to ensure that our businesses and our people’s livelihoods do not become another casualty of […]

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COVID-19: Small Businesses, Employment Laws, and Survival Support

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“The secret of crisis management is not good vs. bad, it’s preventing the bad from getting worse” (Andy Gilman)

We can only guess at how the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak will end, but let’s all take whatever concrete steps we can right now to lessen its impact on our personal lives, on our businesses, and on our […]

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Your Neighbour Builds Without Plans – Can You Get a Demolition Order?

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“The primary remedy therefore is an order for removal of the structure” (extract from the judgment below)

What can you do if your neighbour has started (or finished) building without the necessary municipal approvals?

In a nutshell, our courts will very probably assist you with a demolition order, as a recent High Court decision around a long-running […]

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How to Stop an Ex-Director from Competing With You

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“…the default position is that an executive director or a senior employee may not carry on business activities which fall within the scope of his company’s business during the time when he serves as director or works as employee.  The default position however changes on resignation.” (Extract from judgment below)

What happens if relations between you […]

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Beware the “Common Law Marriage” Myth

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“In our law cohabitation does not have special legal consequences. Generally the proprietary consequences and rights flowing from a marriage are not available to unmarried couples, regardless of the length of their cohabitation” (extract from judgment below)

If you live as a couple, avoid the trap of believing the myth of the “common law marriage”. It’s […]

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Website of the Month: COVID-19 – Entrepreneurs and Your Growth Opportunities

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“Never let a good crisis go to waste” (Winston Churchill)

The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis will, like all crises, eventually give way to economic and societal recovery. 

Even before that inevitable upturn actually sets in, entrepreneurs should remember that times of great risk and challenge are also times of great opportunity. So get your team together now and brainstorm […]

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