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COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

At ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan, we are working hard to continue to provide excellent legal advice and estate agency services during these challenging times caused by the COVID-19 situation whilst prioritising the health and safety of our clients, our staff and their families. In line with government guidance regarding social distancing, our offices are currently closed and our staff are working from home.  Communication by email is preferable in the first instance and we will respond as quickly as we can.

The various areas of work we cover are being affected in different ways as follows:

Conveyancing

Our conveyancing team is able to deal with most of their usual work from home.  However, Registers of Scotland are currently closed and the Law Society of Scotland issued guidance stating that conveyancing transactions which were due to settle during the current restrictions should be delayed.  Interim measures have been put in place to allow some settlements to take place, but only in exceptional circumstances and where social distancing measures can be complied with.  The Scottish Government has issued advice stating that parties should seek to reschedule settlements rather than move home at this time.  We fully appreciate the disruption this will cause for many of our clients, and we are here to provide expert help and advice to guide you through the process of buying and/or selling property during these challenging times.  Please contact the solicitor dealing with your transaction directly, or please direct any new queries to enquiries@elpamsolicitors.co.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

Estate Agency

Due to the current restrictions, we are not able to offer in-person viewings at the properties we are marketing, but we will do our best to facilitate virtual viewings where possible.  Likewise, it is not currently possible for us to visit your property to carry out a valuation but we are very happy to provide a desktop or virtual valuation depending on your circumstances and to give you expert advice on marketing your property. Please email property@elpamsolicitors.co.uk and we will be in touch to make appropriate arrangements.

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Executry Estates

We can take instructions for Wills and Powers of Attorney if we are able to have video communication with clients and it is also possible to have these documents signed in a similar way.  For all executry enquiries or to arrange a video call please email lap@elpamsolicitors.co.uk and cwb@elpamsolicitors.co.uk.

Employment Law

This is a challenging and fast moving time for employers and employees. Government legislation and guidance is being produced in relation to various employment law issues including the furlough scheme (under which employers can agree with employees that they will cease working due to the impact of the COVID-19 on their business, and employers can then make a claim through HMRC for 80% of the employee’s salary subject to certain conditions and a cap), carrying forward holidays where these cannot be taken due to the COVID-19 situation, and other forms of financial support for businesses.  We are keeping a close eye on developments and are advising employer and employee clients on these and related matters on an ongoing basis.  Parties should be aware that time limits for raising claims and progressing cases are likely to continue to apply.  We are able to give expert advice to existing and new clients so please do not hesitate to get in touch on employmentlaw@elpamsolicitors.co.uk.

Commercial Leases

We are continuing to advise landlord and tenant clients in relation to commercial lease matters.  This includes work in anticipation of new leases, assignations of leases, and extensions and variations.  In addition, given the impact of COVID-19, we receive many requests to review existing leases in relation to matters such as break clauses, notice and terminations provisions, and negotiation of temporary rent free periods, reductions and deferments.  We can provide advice on all of these matters.  Landlords and Tenants should be aware that time limits and other provisions contained in their leases are likely to continue to apply, subject to legal developments. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at enquiries@elpamsolicitors.co.uk.

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

COVID-19 has had a significant and disruptive effect on the judicial system.  Cases are having to be prioritised and consideration given to certain hearings taking place by way of remote and electronic facilities.  We are continuing to advise on ongoing cases, and can give advice on new matters with a view to either preparing matters or progressing matters as much as possible.  Pre-litigation and Dispute Resolution work can also continue to be undertaken remotely.  Parties should be aware that time limits for raising claims and progressing cases are likely to continue to apply. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at enquiries@elpamsolicitors.co.uk.

We wish you all good health.  Stay safe and look after yourselves and each other.

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We are a small Edinburgh based Holiday accommodation letting and management agency. When we recently realized that we needed to formalize employment contracts for our staff. We asked advice from colleagues friends and family and ELP were recommended to us . We have found them to be very helpful and friendly and would gladly recommend them to any one requiring help and advice regarding employment law.

We are a firm of Consulting Engineers with 30 staff. Over the years we have used the services of Duncan McFadzean of ELP on a number of occasions. As well as advising us on updating our Conditions of Employment to keep us up to date with the ever changing legislation we have also used his services in connection with redundancy and disciplinary matters. The advice we have been given has always been excellent. It is a great comfort to us to have this level of professional support readily available at the end of the phone.

I am a disabled person, and was dismissed from my work. It was claimed that I did not perform the work to the required speed, and I felt that this was disability discrimination. I asked ELP to represent me in the Employment Tribunal process. I was correctly and informatively advised by ELP, and achieved the best option in resolution.

I was more than happy with the advice and representation which I received from ELP in relation to an employment tribunal dispute with my employers. From start to finish, ELP kept me up to date with any developments regarding my case during what was a stressful 6 months out of work. They also achieved a good result for me in advance of the Tribunal hearing. I would definitely recommend the firm to anyone in similar circumstances.

Thank you so much again for recommending Laura McFadzean, we are so so impressed by her, she is a true powerhouse!! From estate law knowledge to quick and efficient handling of anything you ‘throw at her’. She has been fantastic to have by our side throughout both the Aberdeen purchase and the Edinburgh one.

This was our first time buying a property, and we were extremely nervous, but Lisbeth-Ann and the team held our hands and stepped us through each stage of the process; from advising how much to offer, to helping with a mortgage problem, to ensuring the smooth exchange of contracts and keys. We always felt like we were welcome to call at any time, and when Lisbeth-Ann took a short holiday part way through the process, her colleague Barbara picked our case up seamlessly and with no hassle. We would certainly recommend ELP’s services to anyone thinking of buying a property for the first time, and will happily use them again in the future.

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