COVID-19 Updates

Seeking professional advice for probate – understanding valuations and tax liabilities

Seeking professional advice for probate – understanding valuations and tax liabilities

Irrespective of how straightforward an estate may seem, using inheritance tax solicitors in London can prevent you from unnecessarily losing more money in the long-term. This post elaborates on some of the typical questions asked by clients seeking professional probate advice while exploring the probate valuation process more. The system allows for a layperson to…

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October 26, 2020
Posted in Contested Probate, covid-19, Private Client

Stamp Duty exemption for UK home buyers

Stamp Duty exemption for UK home buyers

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned many industries upside down by virtually shutting off their customer base, and the Government has resorted to a variety of extreme measures in order to limit the damage that the businesses in these industries suffer. Of all these measures, one of the biggest is the Stamp Duty holiday, which could…

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September 23, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Property

Redundancy fears as the Furlough Scheme comes to an end

Redundancy fears as the Furlough Scheme comes to an end

In March 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an unprecedented government-sponsored furlough scheme designed to protect jobs during the pandemic. The scheme meant that the UK government would pay the 80% salaries of furloughed workers up to a maximum of £2,500 a month, in a bid to prevent job losses while lockdown restrictions meant that companies…

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September 23, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Employment

HM Revenue & Customs confirms first arrest in connection with furlough fraud

HM Revenue & Customs confirms first arrest in connection with furlough fraud

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed that a 57-year-old man from Solihull in the West Midlands was arrested on 8 July on suspicion of a £495,000 furlough fraud relating to claims from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). HMRC says he is the first person to have been arrested in connection with fraudulent claims…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Coronavirus apprenticeships guidance updated

Coronavirus apprenticeships guidance updated

Updated guidance from the Department for Education on apprenticeships during the Coronavirus crisis has been published and contains a number of announcements relating to employment arrangements for apprentices. These updates include confirmation that: Apprentices aged 19 and older can begin to resume on-site training; Apprentices who are made redundant but continue their study element can…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Government publishes detailed guidance on SDLT holiday

Government publishes detailed guidance on SDLT holiday

During his Plan for Jobs announcement the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a temporary eight month cut in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) that ensures there is not a charge on ‘any’ residential property transactions with a value under £500,000. The Government has achieved this by immediately lifting the lower SDLT nil rate band from £125,000…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

England to make face coverings compulsory in shops

England to make face coverings compulsory in shops

From 24 July 2020 it will be a legal requirement to wear a face covering, such as a mask, in shops and supermarkets in England. The move will be enforced by the police via fines of up to £100, which will be reduced to £50 if the fine is paid within 14 days. The move…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Government to bring forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

Government to bring forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

The Government is bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill inserting a new clause that would ensure that victims of domestic abuse are automatically eligible for access to special measures in family proceedings without the need for any determination of the victim’s vulnerability This includes a new clause  given the Court the power…

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July 1, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Family Law, Press Releases

Pensions and financial planning on divorce – the impact of COVID-19

Pensions and financial planning on divorce – the impact of COVID-19

OGR Stock Denton LLP would like to invite you to join our live webinar on Pensions and financial planning on divorce – the impact of COVID-19   4.30pm, Tuesday 14th July 2020  Zoom webinars This timely webinar considers the impact of the COVID-19 disruption on divorce settlements already reached, those that are being negotiated…

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July 1, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Events

Employers given 30 days to confess to furlough fraud

Employers given 30 days to confess to furlough fraud

Employers will be given 30 days to ‘confess’ to furlough abuses, with legislation being fast-tracked to allow HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to reclaim any furlough grant that is overpaid to employers, or that is not spent on wages as intended. More than 2000 employers have already been accused of furlough fraud by whistle-blowers, with…

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June 25, 2020
Posted in covid-19