Article Category: Insight & Opinion

What Will Happen to the Residential Property Market after COVID-19?

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The COVID-19 restrictions which were put in place in March are slowly being eased. New guidelines state that the buying and selling of residential properties is now allowed, as long as social distancing measures are followed. Andrew Clark, Partner in the Property team, shares his thoughts on how the outbreak has impacted the property market… Read more »

Restrictive Covenants during the COVID-19 Pandemic

restrictive covenants in employment contracts

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in the amount of employees who are working from home.  Whilst working from home has many benefits, it can also give rise to legitimate concerns from businesses regarding the need to protect the interests of their business and its confidential trading information. Many employers have policies or contractual… Read more »

Guidelines for Staff Returning to School

With the re-opening of schools proposed to begin from 1st June, school leaders are likely to be presented with queries from staff who are concerned about returning to school and the possible impact on their health and wellbeing. Below is a useful guide to assist you with responding to any staff concerns. Vulnerable Staff Previously,… Read more »

Government Proposals for the Opening of Schools from 1st June 2020

The Government recently announced proposals to begin a cautious phased opening of schools from 1st June for those in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in smaller class sizes. They are also planning to get some secondary school and college students back – those in years 10 and 12 – to make sure they have… Read more »

How has COVID-19 Impacted Bankruptcy and Insolvency?

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In these challenging times, it is difficult to know what legal services are available during lockdown.  However, we all still need access to justice, and the Courts and Tribunals have taken appropriate measures to continue this service with some necessary changes. What changes have been made to the bankruptcy and insolvency process? The Coronavirus Act… Read more »

5 Reasons to Make a Lasting Power of Attorney

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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document whereby you can give one or more persons (your attorneys) the authority to make decisions on your behalf, in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself. There are two types of LPA; one deals with financial matters, and one deals with… Read more »

Plans to Kick-start the Property Market Launched

We are pleased to announce that conveyancing is moving again. On the 12th May 2020, the Government announced that the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions would no longer apply to the process of moving house from Wednesday 13th May 2020. Our conveyancing team has been working extremely hard throughout the lockdown period, progressing cases for clients to ensure… Read more »

Land Registry: Changes to Identity Verification and Signing Deeds

Identity verification and signing deeds

As people and businesses continue to adapt and find new ways of working following the COVID-19 outbreak, on 4th May 2020, the Land Registry introduced temporary changes to  processes including identity verification and signing deeds. These changes are intended to provide applicants with an alternative way to comply with existing Land Registry requirements that, in… Read more »

New Trends in the Agriculture Industry due to COVID-19

As we face a constant stream of news, focusing mainly on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is sometimes difficult to separate the negative headlines from positive trends. The Agriculture industry is one of the most important industries affected by constant changes and challenges caused by COVID-19. However, it has also brought about new opportunities. Food is… Read more »

Top Tips to Maximise the Reliefs from Inheritance Tax

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If you own a business or have farmland which may qualify for reliefs from inheritance tax, it is a good idea to have a Will in place in order to maximise this generous tax saving. HMRC have specific rules about apportioning the relief between chargeable and exempt beneficiaries; so without a Will, or if you… Read more »