UK Home Office turns down Nawaz Sharif’s stay extension request

LONDON: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visa to the United Kingdom remains valid but his application for extension in stay has been turned down by the Home Office with the right to appeal against the Home Office decision.

Hussain Nawaz Sharif confirmed here that Nawaz Sharif’s extension in stay application has been rejected but an appeal has already been lodged at the Immigration Tribunal.

GSC’s Head of Corporate & Private Immigration Hateem Ali was asked by geo.tv to comment on the situation:

Hateem Ali, a leading UK immigration solicitor from GSC Solicitors LLP said: “if the previous visit visa extensions were on the basis of medical grounds (which seems to be the case here) then typically you can keep extending for a total of 18 months. In this particular case it would appear that the Home Office were no longer willing to keep extending on that basis. 

He added: “If the latest application for an extension has been refused with a full right to appeal the entire appeal process can potentially take anything between 9 months to over 20 months to be decided by the Immigration tribunal in the UK. This period does not even take into account any potential subsequent judicial review once all appeal rights have been exhausted.

“So although Mr. Nawaz Sharif has been refused it is not necessarily the end of the process.”

Sources: https://www.geo.tv/latest/363722-home-office-turns-downs-nawaz-sharifs-stay-extension-request-but-visa-valid 

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New Building Safety Bill

Government introduces controversial Building Safety Bill today in Parliament

The legislation, which has to be approved by MPs, will bring in far-reaching changes to the way residential towers are built and managed.

The government is introducing Building Safety Bill in Parliament today that will usher in far-reaching reforms for the way residential towers are built and managed.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has now published the new Building Safety Bill which reforms building safety regulation.

This is a new regime for building safety regulation and with the aim of giving greater powers to residents in high rise residential buildings to bring claims for defective workmanship.

A new Building Safety Regulator will have responsibility for overseeing the new regime.

If you have been affected by the new change in law, or would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Joseph directly on: cjoseph@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2222.

Source: https://thenegotiator.co.uk/government-introduces-controversial-building-safety-bill-today-in-parliament/ 

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Michael Shapiro features in The Guardian

Residential and commercial evictions – where are we now? That’s the question asked by The Guardian readers and answered by Michael Shapiro, who heads GSC’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution.

On 31 May 2021 the restrictions on evicting residential tenants came to an end. ‘Eviction dates are now being listed and we can expect a spate of people being evicted from their homes and pressure being put on the local authorities to rehouse them’, says Michael.

‘The restrictions on possession and forfeiture of commercial leases for non-payment of rent, and seizing a tenants goods during the Covid 19 period was due to expire on 30 June 2021 but this has now been extended until 25 March 2022. This will give tenants more time to resolve their arrears with their landlords, if they can.’

‘Commercial landlords and tenants ought to work together to avoid properties becoming empty. Landlords clearly want to have tenants in occupation paying the ongoing rent and remaining liable for all outgoings, and tenants want to stay in business and earn an income.’

The article can be accessed here

If you have been affected by the new change in law, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Shapiro directly on: mshapiro@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2246.

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Furlough ending on 30th September: Keeping good lines of communication

There will be a ‘bloodbath of redundancies when furlough support starts to reduce’
UK chancellor Rishi Sunak will not extend the furlough scheme which could lead to a “bloodbath of redundancies” and with the benefits that are on offer pre-Covid many people are reluctant to go back to work.

Currently, the furlough scheme is due to end on 30 September, by which time, according to the government roadmap, all social distancing restrictions will be lifted. So, it will be a return to a time of “pre-covid normality”. Although it won’t be as the world has changed since March 2020.

Looking forward, for both employers and employees, the key concepts to bear in mind are planning and good communication.

If you are an employer and you have staff on furlough, start considering now what you think your workforce will look like in the autumn. If it is going to be smaller as a result of redundancies,  bear in mind that the redundancy process takes time and can be complicated (you should not undertake a redundancy process before getting proper legal advice).

If you are an employee on furlough and you think that you might be made redundant when furlough ends, there is no harm in seeing what else is out there.

Keeping good lines of communication open is important so as to reduce misunderstandings and allow parties to better plan for the future.

If you have any employment law queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Nathan at dnathan@gscsolicitors.com or on 020 7822 2247.

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Execution of a warrant of possession coming on 6th July

Today Richard Curtin who heads GSC’s Insolvency & Restructuring department, received notification from the court of the execution of a warrant of possession on 6 July.

This shows that the Courts are now enforcing warrants of possession for residential premises and sooner than many would have expected.

As to commercial premises, the moratorium on forfeiture & winding up petitions is due to end at the end of this month.

If not extended by the Government then Richard expects to see plenty of activity on the part of landlords, solicitors, insolvency practitioners and the Courts.

If you have any questions or concerns about your business, contact Richard Curtin directly on rcurtin@gscsolicitors.com or 020 7822 2222.

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Eviction ban lifted – what does it mean for you

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But a landlord said she had struggled to pay her mortgage while her tenant was not paying rent. The government said it was balancing the needs of landlords to use the courts with support for tenants by continuing to require extended notice periods.

During the pandemic, bailiffs were asked not to carry out evictions if anyone living in the property had Covid-19 symptoms or was self-isolating. Eviction notice periods were extended to six months as an emergency measure during the pandemic – but will drop to four months from 1 June. Before the pandemic, notice periods were usually two months in England.

‘The main reaction is that the gloves are off but expect delays, because there will be a severe backlog’, says Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Michael Shapiro.

He continues, ‘Landlords should be cautious when deciding to evict tenants because they may find it difficult to re-let rather than accept the loss of the arrears, or come into arrangement with the tenant for the arrears to be paid over time, whilst allowing the tenant to remain in the property and paying their ongoing rent in full.’

If you have been affected by the new change in law, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Shapiro directly on: mshapiro@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2246.

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57262181 

Can an employer require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

With restrictions easing in the UK, employers are facing one more question: can they make vaccination at work compulsory for their staff? Is there a law requiring vaccination? Why mandatory vaccination can become problematic?

Head of Employment team at GSC Solicitors LLP, David Nathan talks your through these questions and explains what can an employer do.

If you have any employment law queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Nathan at dnathan@gscsolicitors.com or on 020 7822 2247.

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How to save money by switching to Ethical Banking

What are ethical banks? An ethical bank, also known as a social, alternative, civic, or sustainable bank, is a bank concerned with the social and environmental impacts of its investments and loans. The term is a fairly broad one, which means it covers a wide range of ideas and concepts under its umbrella.

A wide scope of things is included, ranging from banks offering loans and financial assistance to start-ups that are environmentally friendly to those that serve struggling communities or help individuals looking for affordable housing.

The root of ethical banking is a core set of principles and beliefs. Ethical banks remain true to their core model of conduct.

In this video of The GSC Academy Associate Solicitor Leila Mustafa talks about the definition of Ethical Banking, how it can save you money and make you feel good about the impact of your personal finance.

If you need assistance with either switching to Ethical Banking or with any ethical finance products, please do not hesitate to contact Leila Mustafa directly on lmustafa@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2222.

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Abbey Road Institute’s Revival of Angel Recording Studios

We are absolutely delighted to have concluded the acquisition of Abbey Road Institute’s new home at Angel Recording Studios in Islington!  Harvey Posener and Amee Popat in our Real Estate team did the legal work for the lease of the premises and are delighted to have been involved in this exciting new chapter for the Abbey Road Institute, Abbey Road Studios’ education division, which is part of the Universal Music Group.

Angel Recording Studios is an iconic studio which has hosted names such as Adele, Sam Smith and Florence and the Machine, and recordings of film scores such as GoldenEye and Downton Abbey.

It sadly closed in 2019 but will be restored by ARI over the coming months to house cutting edge music and audio production and training facilities for its students as well as a commercial recording studio.

https://abbeyroadinstitute.co.uk/blog/abbey-road-institute-to-move-into-angel-recording-studios/ 

For further questions or for help with your property-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact Harvey Posener directly on hdposener@gscsolicitors.com   or Amee Popat on apopat@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2222.

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