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The local businesses that flourished during lockdown

In our Private Wealth Guide this year, we profiled some of the most up and coming start-ups that had made a name for themselves in the previous year. An ecological toothbrush company, a fledgling design agency and an equine veterinary business all made our list of prize-winning start-ups across Her....

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Coronavirus and spousal maintenance payments

Across the UK, millions of people have been impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Some lost their jobs, others were furloughed, while many parents were forced to cut their hours to focus on homeschooling and caring for their children. Others still lost money when the stock markets plumm....

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Philanthropy and the legacy of great estates

Back in their heyday, Britain’s great estates were integral to the economies of the local communities in which they were based. Not only were they huge employers for those living in nearby towns and villages, but they were also massive supporters of local businesses, which thrived from supplying ....

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What if my employee refuses to come back to work?

Amid a second national lockdown, millions of employees are back on furlough leave or working from home. The lockdown was ordered in an attempt to stem rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and related deaths, which are once again being closely followed and reported by the media. In such a climate, it is....

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Escape to the country?

As the months have ticked by, the coronavirus pandemic has led to some profound shifts in the UK’s attitudes to various aspects of life – including aspiring buyers’ property preferences. Rightmove reported a 126% increase in buyer enquiries about village properties in June and July this year[....

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National lockdown prompts furlough extension

On 5 November 2020, the day on which England’s second lockdown came into force, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention (or furlough) Scheme was to be extended until March 2021. Prior to the announcement, the furlough scheme had been due to end at the end of October, w....

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Recent study confirms benefits of private schooling

According to research from the Bridge Group, 53% of partners at leading City law firms attended independent schools, with the figure standing at 47% for the wider associate, senior associate and partner population[1]. This data coincides with the findings in our latest Private Wealth Guide to Hertf....

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Furlough to be replaced with new ‘Jobs Support Scheme’

The furlough scheme is due to end on 31 October 2020, with employers claiming nearly £40bn for 9.6 million workers since the scheme opened. Now, as the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to reverberate and with winter fast approaching, the Chancellor has been facing increasingly....

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Landlord and Tenant Disputes: Procedures Revised as Possession Cases Resume

Early on in the coronavirus crisis, measures were put in to prevent individuals becoming homeless due to financial problems brought on by the pandemic, and therefore a temporary ban was placed on residential landlord and tenant possession proceedings. The temporary ban was due to end on 23 Augus....

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The end of the blame game

Ending a relationship is never easy and the reality is there is no right way to do it. As you head into an important life transition, there are always multiple factors to consider and rarely are things entirely straightforward. But, can there be a “good” way to separate amicably? As it s....

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Major reforms for ‘outdated’ planning system

Sweeping reforms proposed by the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, are set to revolutionise the planning landscape in a ‘once in a generation’ shakeup. He says the proposed changes will speed up the construction of much-needed new homes. Critics say they will simply create a ‘generation of s....

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Myth busting – the Stamp Duty holiday

On 8 July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the threshold at which no Stamp Duty is payable on property purchases was to be increased from £125,000 to £500,000 until 31 March 2021. The Stamp Duty ‘holiday’, as it has become known, is designed to encourage reluctant buyers back into the p....

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