Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Digital assets after death

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What happens to data on a phone or device after someone dies? Helen Gowin, Partner, reports on a new service from Apple that enables loved ones to retrieve digital assets after death. Most people have a mobile phone or device and store their information in a cloud-based service. Their digital ‘assets’ may be a wide… Read more »

Post-holiday Quarantine: Law on Paying Employees

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Do employers need to pay employees who have to legally quarantine following a holiday abroad, according to COVID-19 regulations? What is the law around COVID-19 quarantine? Since 8 June 2020, what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before your arrival. The… Read more »

No-fault Divorce from 6th April 2022

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There has been a lot of publicity in recent years regarding the possibility of a no-fault divorce process. After years of campaigning, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act will finally bring about the change that many legal professionals have been waiting for. The government has now committed to 6th April 2022 for the introduction of… Read more »

Being Prepared for the Unexpected Death of a Business Owner

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Planning for an unexpected death of a business owner is a sobering affair and may not be at the top of the list of priorities. However, putting in place some sensible arrangements could make things run more smoothly when family and business colleagues will be focused on grieving rather than sorting out some emergency measures… Read more »

The Importance of Being Honest – False Due Diligence Responses

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Sophie Adshead and Matthew Canfield take a look at the importance of due diligence and providing full and accurate information when selling a company. It is standard practice in corporate transactions for sellers to provide responses to buyers’ pre-contract due diligence enquiries and for the share or asset purchase agreement to contain warranties that the… Read more »

Family-friendly Working Policies Post-Covid

Will the COVID-19 pandemic result in family-friendly  working policies? It has been widely reported in the media that the COVID-19 pandemic has had much more of an impact on women than men in relation to caring responsibilities and employment inequalities. The United Nations has reported that the impact of the economic shock which disproportionately affects… Read more »

How to Explain Divorce to Children

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Once you have made the decision to separate, telling the children of the family about your divorce can be one of the hardest and most emotional tasks. If you are wondering where to start, here are some tips for ensuring that the conversation goes as smoothly as possible and to avoid traumatism that might affect… Read more »

Can You Rectify a Will If a Mistake Has Been Made?

If a mistake has been made in a Will, then an application can be made to the Court to rectify a Will under the Administration of Justice Act 1982. If the Court is satisfied that the mistake has been made because of a misunderstanding of instructions or a clerical error, then the Will can be… Read more »

Queen’s Speech 2021: Changes to the Planning System

On 11th May, changes to the planning system were announced in the Queen’s speech as the UK government set out its plan to help build 300,000 new homes per year and increase home ownership. This will involve the ‘biggest shake up to the planning system in 70 years’ as the  government indicated that its focus… Read more »