Coronavirus: Your consumer rights checklist

Things move fast during public health scares. It can be hard to keep up with the latest developments.

The UK Government's action plan for managing the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak sets out three stages – Contain, Delay, Mitigate.

As the country moves through the different stages, there are situations where it's handy to be up to speed with your consumer legal rights. Here's our checklist.

Why getting the right legal advice for your business can help it to flourish

Don’t think your small business would gain from legal advice? Think again.

Legal advice can help your company to flourish. From the first day your business opens to when it's ready to take on new markets, any business can use legal advice.

Here’s how a legal advisor can help your business to flourish.

Get on top of business tax

Grasping which types of business tax apply to your company can be tricky.

Some types of tax will apply to your business and some types won’t.

Things you were frightened to ask about making a will, but really need to know

The reality is that you can put off making a will until it is too late. Having no will in place can cause all sorts of problems for the people you leave behind. It could also mean you don’t have a say in what your loved ones are left.

But if you don’t know how it works, making a will can seem hard. You may not have time. Or you may be frightened to ask uncomfortable questions.

Don’t worry - we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know to start writing your will.


ID and money home-buying checks - why they are needed

When you buy or sell a property, the estate agents, property lawyers or mortgage brokers all seem to want the same info from you before they’ll take you on as a client. Why is that?

What they’re doing is checking that you are who you say you are. If you're selling, they're also checking that the property is legally yours to sell. And, if you're buying, they're checking that the money is coming from a legitimate source.

In the market for a flat? Leasehold or commonhold?

There are many terms to learn when you're buying a home for the first time. Freehold and leasehold, which describe how a property is owned, are two you'll see a lot. But there's a third and lesser known type of ownership: commonhold.

Commonhold is new. It's an alternative to leasehold, which is the most popular way to own a flat.

Making sure the price is right

For many of the decisions we make in our lives, be they big or small, we know in advance what it will cost. Whether booking a holiday or renewing our car insurance, prices are on display and we can keep an eye on them as make our decisions. So, by the time we get to pay, there aren’t too many surprises.

However, it’s not been that straightforward in other situations, such as getting help from a lawyer.

All law firms are regulated, aren’t they?

You’re not alone if you think all law firms are regulated.

Research shows most people think every legal services provider is regulated. Lawyers can help at life’s turning points – buying a home, getting a divorce, starting up a business. With our personal lives and finances at stake, we fully expect legal advice to be expert and properly regulated.