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How can you recover your property from a commercial tenant?

Posted on 12th April 2022 in Property Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic significantly affected many business sectors and landlords may now wish to reassess their options in seeking to re-let their properties.

Posted by

David Paull

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Covid employment legislative changes

Posted on 30th March 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

Prior to 25th March 2022, individuals were deemed incapable of work (for the purposes of assessing eligibility for SSP) if they were unable to work due to the need to self-isolate.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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COVID-19 and employment brief update

Posted on 01st March 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

From 24 February 2022 the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test for COVID-19 no longer applies in England.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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What should I do if my employees refuse to return to the office after working from home?

Posted on 16th February 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

Government guidance to work from home where possible has ended. As an employer, you may wish your staff to return to the office. However, some of your employees may be reluctant to return.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Video-witnessed wills legalisation extended

Posted on 13th January 2022 in Probate & Wills, Coronavirus Pandemic

The Ministry of Justice introduced legislation to allow for wills to be witnessed via video-link up and this has now been continued to allow vulnerable people to use this method of executing their wills until 31 January 2024.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Reducing sick pay for unvaccinated staff

Posted on 10th January 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

IKEA will now be paying statutory sick pay only for unvaccinated staff who are absent from work due to self-isolation.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Acting as Attorney or Deputy under Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted on 10th September 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

If you are acting for someone who is elderly or vulnerable, it is important that you understand how your responsibilities might need to adapt under any current rules and restrictions.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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Furlough Scheme month by month updates in 2021

Posted on 27th May 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

In March 2021 it was announced that the furlough scheme would be extended until the end of September 2021, but with some key changes to funding levels.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Making a Lasting Power of Attorney under Covid restrictions

Posted on 27th May 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

As the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions lift in England and Wales, it is important to note that safeguards and procedures do remain in place in relation to certain legal documents.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

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

Partner 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

Associate and 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

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor