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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

Insights

Can you make a gift on your deathbed?

Posted on 03rd March 2021 in Dispute Resolution, Probate & Wills

It is always best to ensure you have a carefully drafted, and updated Will setting out what you would like to happen to your property and effects when you die. The law protects your decisions in most cases but this can provide some inflexibility in the way your estate is handled. Equally, if there is no Will, the intestacy rules can result in undesirable consequences.

Posted by

Martin Laver

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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Call for hospitals to use gold-standard GBS test

Posted on 25th February 2021 in Medical Negligence

Patient Safety Minister Nadine Dorries has issued a call for hospitals to use gold-standard test for mothers at risk of giving babies Group B Strep, after the large-scale National Institute for Health Research-funded clinical trial on testing for GBS had received ethical approval in 2019 with an estimated 80 hopsitals required to take part ensuring the rial screening could reach 320,00 women, only 15 hospitals have been able to commit.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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The Inheritance Act and Adult Children

Posted on 23rd February 2021 in Dispute Resolution

Following our recent insight on the Inheritance Act and Minor Children, this insight moves onto another category of claimant under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“Inheritance Act”) - adult children.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Rise in post-pandemic probate claims

Posted on 19th February 2021 in Probate & Wills

A recent article has reported that there has been a marked rise in claims being brought against estates. These claims are mainly being made under the provisions of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 whereby claimants argue that they have not received reasonable financial provision from an estate. 

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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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

Insights

Importance for employers to have up-to-date equality training

Posted on 17th February 2021 in Employment

Many employers will not have prioritised training over the last few months, but a decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal highlights the risks of falling behind.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

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

Insights

The Inheritance Act and Minor Children

Posted on 11th February 2021 in Dispute Resolution

There are many different types of claimants under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (IPFADA).

Posted by

Cory Stephenson

Trainee Solicitor

Insights

Zero-hour contract guidance for employers

Posted on 10th February 2021 in Employment

There is no specific legal definition of a ‘zero hours contract’ but it is generally understood to mean an arrangement under which the worker has no set minimum hours and is only paid for hours actually worked. Typically the worker does not have to accept any work offered to him or her, but must carry out the work personally if they do.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor