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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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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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Homeworking and the importance of cybersecurity

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Intellectual Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Having staff working remotely has presented significant challenges for many businesses, but one of the most difficult to address is the increased cybersecurity risk. As many companies did not have sufficient opportunity to prepare for the transition to homeworking, they may not have identified potential cybersecurity issues. Moreover, it is now much harder to monitor staff and ensure they are following safe practices.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Returning to work post lockdown

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

With the government’s announcement of a ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ and as we progress towards a full relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, more and more businesses are planning for a gradual return to normality. This blog sets out some considerations employers may want to think about over the coming months.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Solicitor

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Holiday and Annual Leave during Covid

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

One year after the first lockdown and the UK is facing another year of uncertainty around the issue of taking holidays abroad. You may be getting lots of questions from employees about carrying over holidays during Covid, we try and answer some of the main questions here.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Solicitor

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Acting as Attorney or Deputy under Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted on 05th March 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

If you are acting as an attorney or deputy for a vulnerable person, you might be finding it difficult to know what you can and cannot do under the current restrictions. The Government has now updated its guidance for attorneys and deputies, following the recent announcement regarding their roadmap for easing restrictions.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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Key points you need to know from the 2021 Budget

Posted on 04th March 2021 in Family Law, Employment, Residential Property, Later Life Planning, Company & Commercial, Coronavirus Pandemic

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the 2021 Budget, which extended several Coronavirus support schemes and outlined plans for the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Associate and Solicitor

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Furlough Scheme extended until September 2021

Posted on 03rd March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

The Government has confirmed that in the 2021 Budget the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of September 2021.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Predictions for what could be in the 2021 Budget

Posted on 01st March 2021 in Employment, Residential Property, Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

With less than a week to go until the next Budget, on 3rd March 2021, speculation is rife as to what Chancellor Rishi Sunak may announce. With the pandemic affecting the country for more than a year, there are likely to be numerous Covid-related support measures announced.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Possible extension to the stamp duty holiday

Posted on 17th February 2021 in Residential Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Coupled with operations restrictions, the stamp duty holiday has slowed almost every part of the conveyancing process. Surveyors, mortgage lenders, search agencies and conveyancing lawyers are struggling to meet demand which means that the average property transaction completion time has increased from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. As a result, current new buyers are unlikely to meet the March 31st deadline to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Employee vaccinations

Posted on 11th February 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

As the vaccination effort gathers pace, many employers are considering the knotty question of whether they can require unwilling employees to be vaccinated (or refuse to recruit the unvaccinated). This isn’t a simple issue.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Deputy or attorneys power to decide coronavirus vaccination administration

Posted on 09th February 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

With the UK Government’s current Covid-19 vaccination programme now well underway, the question of consent and whether or not to administer the vaccine to vulnerable loved ones is a particularly topical issue.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor