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Reflections on divorce and financial remedies after lockdown

Reflections on divorce and financial remedies after lockdown

Last week we hosted a webinar with guest speaker Max Lewis of 29 Bedford Row, where we discussed financial remedies on divorce and the future for family practitioners after lockdown which Graeme summarises for readers in this update. The financial impact of the lockdown could lead to a spike in marriage rates, as well as…

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May 6, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Family Law

Government funding for victims of domestic abuse

Government funding for victims of domestic abuse

The government announces this week that it will pledge £76 million of funding to help support the victims of domestic abuse, a decision that has been welcomed by many including myself as a family solicitor. Whilst this is welcome start, it has been long overdue and comes at a time were many have been forced…

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May 6, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Family Law

COVID-19: The key employment law updates

COVID-19: The key employment law updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant changes to day-to-day life, as well as to business and the way that we work.

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May 5, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Employment

Bounce Back Loan scheme is now live – apply today

Bounce Back Loan scheme is now live – apply today

The Government’s new Bounce Back Loan scheme (BBLS) has now gone live online and is open for applications.  This new scheme is aimed specifically at small to medium-sized businesses looking to borrow a smaller amount to assist them with cash flow and other issues. Key Features  Businesses can borrow up to 25 per cent of…

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May 5, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19

Government announces temporary changes to identity verification and signing deeds

Government announces temporary changes to identity verification and signing deeds

The Government has announced that from 4 May it will temporarily introduce new methods for verifying a person’s identity and for signing deeds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new rules, in addition to conveyancers and chartered legal executives, verification can now be undertaken by people who work, or have worked, in certain…

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May 5, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Private Client

Fraud risk the main obstacle to coronavirus Wills reform

Fraud risk the main obstacle to coronavirus Wills reform

The Government has indicated that it is considering reforms to probate legislation to accommodate the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, but has cautioned against any move to suspend the requirement for two independent witnesses, owing to the fraud risk. Justice Minister, Alex Chalk, responded to a Written Question in Parliament, saying: “The Government is currently…

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May 5, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Private Client

Employer and employee obligations for homeworking

Employer and employee obligations for homeworking

Hundreds of thousands of UK workers have made the move to homeworking follow the Government’s ‘stay at home’ guidance and have been fulfilling their work duties from home for weeks.  However, the sudden change to homeworking means that some employers and their employees may not be fully aware of their legal obligations under these arrangements. …

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May 5, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Employment

Commercial Property: Government introduces temporary ban on legal action against tenants

Commercial Property: Government introduces temporary ban on legal action against tenants

The Government has introduced new legislation that has temporarily banned property owners from taking legal action against tenants.

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May 4, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Property

Coronavirus Commercial Property Q&A

Coronavirus Commercial Property Q&A

Like many other sectors, the commercial property industry has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent Government lockdown and economic slump. The rules around commercial leases have also been changed temporarily, to help businesses that are struggling due to the crisis, which has left landlords and property management firms with many questions….

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April 30, 2020
Posted in Blog, Commercial, covid-19

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Parental pay to be paid based on usual earnings

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Parental pay to be paid based on usual earnings

It has now been confirmed that workers who have been furloughed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) that are taking parental or adoption leave will receive parental or adoption pay based on their usual earnings.

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April 28, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Employment