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Who to appoint as a trustee

Posted on 16th April 2021 in Later Life Planning

There are many reasons why an individual may establish a trust, whether this is created in a person’s Will to protect assets or during a person’s lifetime.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Updated guidance on trustee meetings from the Charity Commission

Posted on 14th April 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Coronavirus Pandemic

Following the lapse of the emergency measures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, the Charity Commission has issued updated guidance explaining their approach to charities who are experiencing difficulties holding face to face meetings as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Associate and Solicitor

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What to do with the family pet when getting a divorce

Posted on 13th April 2021 in Family Law

When couples separate it can be an incredibly difficult time with much uncertainty.  Often pets will be involved which can lead to arguments arising over practical arrangements such as who will keep the pet.  According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic a staggering 3.2 million households in the United Kingdom have acquired a pet which brings the total number of households with pets up to 17 million.

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Trainee Solicitor

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The strength of sibling relationships when coping with divorce

Posted on 13th April 2021 in Family Law

Divorce can be traumatic for all involved, however siblings can sometimes strengthen their relationship by going through this shared experience.

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Trainee Solicitor

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Covid Testing in the Workplace

Posted on 13th April 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

With the second phase of lockdown easing well and truly underway, the government has highlighted the important role that employers can play in the fight against Covid-19 by urging businesses to make use of free lateral flow tests. The last day for employers to register to receive free tests was 12 April 2021, but there are still other options available if you missed this deadline. Here, we look at some FAQs about testing in the workplace and address your responsibilities as an employer.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Solicitor

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A recent High Court case has demonstrated the importance of adopting well-drafted articles of association

Posted on 12th April 2021 in Company & Commercial

The relationship between the shareholders had deteriorated and it was agreed that the claimant would sell his shares to the majority shareholder, but they couldn’t agree a price.

Posted by

Oliver Kent

Trainee Solicitor

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Homes England launches partnerships bidding for affordable homes grant funding

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Affordable Housing

With Homes England opening bidding for new strategic partnerships as part of the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme (2021-2026), it is a pivotal time for affordable housing providers planning their development programmes for the next 5 years. Bidders have until noon on 18 May 2021 to submit their proposal online.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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How to find out if someone has an attorney or deputy

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Later Life Planning

If you have concerns about an elderly or vulnerable person, finding out whether they have an attorney or deputy to assist with their affairs may be crucial.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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The National Trust, slavery and colonialism, and the Charity Commission - what can we learn?

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

The Charity Commission recently concluded the National Trust did not breach charity law as a result of its regulatory compliance case involving the charity, and found there were no grounds for regulatory action.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Compensation payouts for NHS errors have trebled in the last decade

Posted on 07th April 2021 in Medical Negligence

New figures show that poor maternity care is costing more then £1 million a day in compensation, having trebled in the last decade.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Spring cleaning for Inheritance Tax before 5th April

Posted on 01st April 2021 in Later Life Planning

The Easter weekend will be a welcome break for some and, with the delights of Spring, comes the feeling of freshness and new beginnings. One such beginning is the new tax year, which commences on 6th April 2021.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Most non-taxpaying estates to be exempt from filing inheritance tax from 2022

Posted on 26th March 2021 in Later Life Planning

The government have announced that, following recommendations by the Office of Tax Simplification, they are looking at ways of reducing inheritance tax reporting requirements. The government has now agreed to simplify the position so that, from 1 January 2022, over 90% of non-taxpaying estates each year will no longer have to complete inheritance tax forms for deaths when a grant of representation is required.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive