Article Category: Insight & Opinion

What to Consider when Buying a House with a Partner

With stamp duty abolished until March 2021 for properties up to £500,000, couples buying a house together for the first time are on the rise as they take advantage of the saving. Additionally, lockdown may have given those couples who did not live together before the chance to try living together, cementing their decision to… Read more »

Managing Emotions During the Separation Process

The past few months have been emotionally challenging for many people. However, for couples who are trying to negotiate their way through a marriage breakdown, recent months have been especially difficult. Cheryl Haywood, Associate in the Family Law team, outlines how to prevent strong emotions causing further difficulties during the separation process. The majority of… Read more »

Companies House to Resume Enforcement of Its Strike off Process

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In April, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Companies House introduced temporary measures to its enforcement powers against companies that fail to comply with their statutory filing obligations. Those measures included: Pausing the strike of process to prevent companies from being dissolved; and Treating late filing penalty appeals sympathetically where the late delivery was… Read more »

Exam Shambles and Latest Government U-Turn on A-Level & GCSE Results

Students upset over recent A-level results being published

39.1% of A-level results have been downgraded after exams were cancelled due to Coronavirus, dropping below a three-year average. In England, 35.6% of marks were adjusted down by one grade, 3.3% were reduced by two, and 0.2% taken down by three. It is estimated that 280,000 results have been affected by the Joint Council for… Read more »

Deciding Who Inherits Your Estate When You Die

The recent case of Wales v Dixon 2020 highlights the importance of giving clear instructions when making a Will to ensure that your wishes are carried out following death and it is clear who inherits your estate. Helen Gowin, Head of Estate Administration at SAS Daniels LLP outlines the case. Mr Wales died in 2015… Read more »

Holidays and Quarantine: Key Guidance for Schools and Colleges

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On 25th July 2020, the government announced that it was removing Spain from the list of countries on its travel corridor scheme. Therefore, anyone returning from Spain, the Balearics and Canary Islands, must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the UK. HR Consultant in our Education team, Clare Bromley, outlines the key guidance… Read more »

What a Change in Capital Gains Tax Could Mean for You

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Many experts expect that the government will soon introduce changes to capital gains tax. Support measures introduced by the UK government as a result of the coronavirus crisis are anticipated to have cost around £190 billion. This eye-watering sum was needed to help steer the economy through lockdown and into the much hoped for recovery…. Read more »

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions – STRB Recommendations for 2020/21

School teacher with children - STRB Recommendations

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) have published the recommended pay awards for teachers and school leaders. Simon Bellard, HR Consultant, outlines the key points of the STRB recommendations in this article. What are the STRB Recommendations? The STRB has recommended that from September 2020, the minimum of the Main Pay Range (MPR) is increased… Read more »

Lockdown Wills: Can I Witness a Will through Video?

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Common sense would suggest that there will probably be a spike in contentious probate disputes following the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the higher numbers of deaths than usual. Research suggests that, in light of the Government’s social distancing rules, many people may have written a Will and had it witnessed ‘remotely’. Section 9 of the Wills… Read more »

Case Study: Creating a Commercial Lease With Complex Title Issues

document to changing a commercial lease agreement

Ben Thomas, Solicitor in our Commercial Property team, gives an example of how the team recently dealt with creating a commercial lease through a surrender and re-grant despite complex title issues on behalf of a client. Our commercial property team acted for a landlord in the restructuring of an investment property’s tenancy. The client owned… Read more »