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The Government have announced a significant shake-up to the 183-year-old rules about signing Wills in England and Wales. Genuine issues for solicitors and those making Wills have come to the...

Inheritance Tax in the Spotlight

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As the cost of Government support for those affected by the coronavirus continues to increase, talk inevitably turns to how it will be funded. Tax rises are an option but...

Everyone Needs a Will

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There is a general perception that Wills are for the elderly and those in ill-health but life is uncertain. Everyone needs a Will, to ensure your hard earnt assets are...
As of 10 May 2020, 7.5 million people were taking furlough leave as part of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme brought in to protect jobs during the coronavirus crisis....

Corporate Governance

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The UK Government have proposed to introduce legislation to help companies alleviate the difficulties they are facing in meeting statutory obligations to hold shareholder meetings during this Covid-19 pandemic. On...
Most people will now be familiar with the temporary stay that has been imposed on possession proceedings as a result of Practice Direction 51Z (“PD 51Z”) and whilst it remains...

Covid-19 – Family Financial Orders

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For those that have recently agreed a financial court order there may be questions you have if there has been a sudden change in your circumstances about whether that financial...
Many businesses are being affected significantly by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the restrictions that have been put in place to control its spread. With uncertainty and financial hardship sweeping across...
Whilst the Coronavirus Act 2020 currently prevents commercial landlords from taking forfeiture action against their tenants for non-payment of rent the emergency legislation did not prohibit landlords taking other steps,...

Covid-19 – Employment Contracts

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Is it essential to have a written agreement between an employer and an employee explicitly stating that an employee will do no work under their employment contract before a valid...
Covid-19 has undoubtedly had a profound impact on the business world and will continue to factor into business decisions for the foreseeable future. Whether that be the stay at home...

Covid-19 – Commercial Contracts

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As a result of the necessary measures put in place to deal with the outbreak of the Coronavirus many businesses are struggling to perform contractual obligations, through no fault of...
In this unprecedented time, many of us have turned our focus to personal affairs. People are quite rightly focused on their Will; however equal consideration should be given to Lasting...
Our commercial property solicitors have been receiving questions from landlords and tenants about how to deal with these unprecedented circumstances and prepare for adverse outcomes. The situation is rapidly changing...
Am I classified as a vulnerable person? How do I get priority home delivery? In the UK, there are more than 400,000 vulnerable people who have no friends or family...

Covid-19 – Landlord and Tenants

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On 18 March 2020, Boris Johnson announced that the government would put forward emergency legislation to protect private (and social) renters from eviction. The aim was to alleviate some of...
We have had a number of parents contact us because their children are subject to Child Arrangements Orders made by the Family Court. They have understandably been concerned about balancing...

Covid-19 – Contact

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Following a recent announcement by Boris Johnson our family team have received several telephone calls and emails from parents about contact arrangements for their children. Parents are concerned about the...

Covid-19 – Commercial Leases

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On 23rd March 2020 the Government announced that as a result of the Coronavirus Bill commercial tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the pandemic will be...

Bull verses Ram

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You may have been aware of the long-running case between famous energy drink company, come sports sponsor, Red Bull GMBH (“Red Bull”), and a UK company Big Horn UK Limited...

Have You Chosen the Right Attorney?

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It has been reported that there were nearly 13,000 investigations of potential financial abuse by the Care Quality Commission (the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England)...
Inheritance Tax (‘IHT’) is a 40% tax levy charged after someone dies, should their estate exceed certain levels. It is payable by the estate prior to distribution and therefore effectively...

Looking to Reduce Inheritance Tax?

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The Spouse Exemption shouldn’t be all you rely on. Inheritance Tax is the tax levied on the estate of a person who has died, which applies (at 40%) once assets...

World Menopause Day

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The menopause is a natural stage of life for women, usually in their late forties/early fifties. It usually lasts for between 4 and 12 years. According to a survey from...
It is estimated that more than 80,000 people who have had deputies appointed for them by the Court of Protection are owed refunds of historic overpaid supervision fees. The refunds...

Residential Care – Who Pays?

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Through the latter half of the 20th Century, the UK population has been steadily getting older and this trend is projected to continue in the future. A large number of...
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