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Q&A - Can client cancel home extension to move and get COVID stamp duty relief and just not pay me?

Q: I own a small building company. What with jobs postponed due to lockdown and others delayed due to supply chain problems, we have struggled to keep going during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, just when we thought we were getting back on track we have had a big extension job cancelled at the last minute, just because the client wanted to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday and move instead! I have ordered materials, taken on extra labour, booked subcontractors, all at costs which I am liable for. And the client is saying he does not have to compensate me as he did not sign anything. Is this right?

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Q&A - As if COVID is not bad enough a new construction site is upsetting my livestock can I claim compensation?

Q:    A new access road has been built to service a housing development being constructed adjacent to livery stables I have owned and run for 37 years. Heavy machinery and site traffic are going in and out all day and the noise is causing distress to the horses. COVID is already affecting my business and now I’m concerned that I could also lose clients who feel the standard of care I offer is compromised.

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Q&A - My Attorney has died of Coronavirus. Will I have to make a new LPA?

Q:     I have a property and financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), appointing my neighbour as my attorney. I set it up several years ago when the LPA took over from the old Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). Sadly, my neighbour recently contracted COVID-19 and died. It has now occurred to me that her passing has probably rendered my LPA useless. Will I have to prepare a new LPA?

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