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Commercial landlords are now once again able to forfeit leases on commercial properties due to non-payment of rent. There was a moratorium pause on this matter under the Coronavirus Act 2020, but this has now been lifted and commercial landlords are once again able to seek legal advice to forfeit leases. There are still, however, some omitting circumstances when rent due is classed as ‘protected rent’ under the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022.

Our commercial litigation experts have provided an overview below for commercial property landlords explaining the legal options and processes available to them.


To make a will, an individual needs to have requisite mental capacity and understanding in order to give their full, conscious consent.

However, for those lacking mental capacity (legally referred to as testamentary capacity) it is not possible to create their own will. In these cases, someone else can make a will on their behalf. This is known as a ‘statutory will’.


The Legal 500 is an annual independent industry publication that recognises the expertise and experience of individual legal professionals and law firms throughout the UK.

The industry leading guide undertakes considerable research to identify the leading legal talent in the market.  We are therefore incredibly proud to announce that several of our solicitors and departments have been recognised in the Legal 500 2023 edition.

We have included below the individuals and departments recognised in the guide and the comments made by the publication.


Over recent years, research has shown that tenants are tending to stay in the same properties for longer to avoid having to pay increased rent rates upon moving.

While renting is typically thought of as short-term, Rightmove’s Quarterly Rental Tracker has revealed that 21% of tenancies last a year or less, and one in five landlords reported seeing longer tenancies in their properties. Both of these suggest a change in the way that renters are deciding to live.


We are delighted to announce the recent promotion of Natalie Welsh to the position of Associate with us at Howells Solicitors.

Having joined our Caerphilly office in August 2021, Natalie quickly established herself as being a hardworking and dedicated legal professional, who has been vital to the success of the conveyancing team in the last year.

Natalie qualified in 2007 and previously progressed her career gaining valuable experience and insight in both the conveyancing and private client departments of another South Wales based law firm.  


With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes