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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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Why do collaborative lawyers need specialist training?

Taking your case to court is not the only way to resolve your financial issues when getting a divorce. Especially when there are children involved, collaborative family law can help couples to come to an agreement in a calm, non-confrontational environment, which can help them remain on good terms ....

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Don’t miss out on the ‘Stamp Duty holiday’

Following on the heels of his £160bn coronavirus support package in March, Rishi Sunak stood up once again in the House of Commons on 8 July to unveil the second phase in the government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic – “a plan for jobs”. As well as plans to get young people i....

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How collaborative law can protect your children’s wellbeing

Divorce is extremely emotional and stressful for everybody involved. But for your children, it can be particularly tough. The dissolution of a marriage can be hard for adults to understand, let alone young children, who often experience feelings of shock, uncertainty, anger, and even guilt. If your....

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