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COVID-19: insolvency and winding up petition changes

Kevin Sullivan
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The impact COVID-19 is having on businesses and individuals is enormous and unprecedented. In response, governments across the globe are adapting to mitigate the economic disruption and to enable struggling businesses to weather the storm. On 28 March 2020,...

EMI Schemes and furloughing staff

Tim Field
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In recent years, Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) share options have become an increasingly popular way for owners of small and medium sized businesses to incentivise and provide an opportunity for employees to become shareholders. Therefore they...

Coronavirus: what do landlords need to know?

Perdeep Grewal
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Parliament has now enacted the Coronavirus Act 2020. There are temporary changes affecting landlords and tenants: Landlords cannot waive the right to forfeit for non-payment of rent; Landlords must give 3 months’ notice to terminate all residential...

Is coronavirus going to cause a spike in divorces?

Melanie Loxley
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We are hearing reports that coronavirus may be responsible for a spike in divorce rates in certain provinces in China. This could be a side effect of couples being quarantined and the stress associated with being isolated with a loved one for a prolonged...

COVID-19: the first Court of Protection trial via Skype

Lisa Cox
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Last week the Court of Protection set a precedent conducting the first all-Skype trial in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus. If successful this could be a model for how the Court of Protection could continue to operate through this global health...

Succession planning for farming families

Jessica Newton
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The recent Court of Appeal decision in Kingsley (Deceased) v Kingsley highlights the importance of succession planning and thinking about the future for farming families. Background The Kingsley family had farmed at Lodge Farm since the mid-19th century,...

The Coronavirus Act

Reggie Lloyd
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On 25 March 2020 the Coronavirus Act became law. One of its purposes is to ease the burden of frontline staff, both within the NHS and beyond. It provides for Emergency Volunteer Leave. The Act sets out a new statutory right for workers to take emergency...

COVID-19: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Julie Temple
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The Chancellor announced on 26 March 2020 direct cash grants to the self-employed. This is 80% of the average monthly trading profit over the last three years and up to £2,500 per month for at least 3 months.  About the Self-Employed Income...

COVID-19: Government considers changes to the ways wills are executed

Rachel Leech
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Currently, wills must be witnessed by two people. However, self-isolation can make this difficult, so the Government has announced that they are urgently look to change the requirements around witnessing wills. However, in the meantime, find out how you...

COVID 19: The increased use of electronic signatures

Jonathon Holyhead
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The precautions being put into place in the United Kingdom to address the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19) includes, requiring many people to work from home. Birkett Long is no different, our staff are now working remotely. I myself have now had to take the...

Coronavirus: a quick how-to guide for co-parenting

Karen Johnson
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We have been looking at some frequently asked questions and one that appears a few times is co-parenting. It’s fair to say that co-parenting effectively, following the breakdown of a relationship can be difficult at the best of times. These are not the...

COVID-19: temporary change to buying or selling shares

Tim Field
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The government has released updated advice relating to the stamping of stock transfer forms, payment of stamp duty and the new measures put in place because of coronavirus. As you will be aware, when buying shares in a limited company the government imposes...

Increase of Capital Gains Tax allowance

Leah Woodnott
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented the 2020 Budget on 11 March 2020 and announced that the government will be increasing the Capital Gains Tax allowance for the 2020/2021 tax year. What is Capital Gains Tax?  Capital Gains Tax is...

Are you an attorney for someone that is self-isolating?

Leah Woodnott
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The COVID-19 outbreak is causing an influx of attorneys having to take up their appointment under a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney due to the donor self-isolating. A Property and Financial Affairs LPA is a legal document which...

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19

Karen Johnson
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The current health crisis being dealt with across the globe is placing exceptional strain on people and businesses as Governments fight to contain the coronavirus and protect public health, whilst maintaining key services.  Advice to the vulnerable and...

COVID-19 and the impact on family law

Karen Johnson
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The world is currently facing a global pandemic of proportions and impact that we have never seen in the modern world outside of the movies. The personal and economic consequences are immense, and the coming weeks and months will no doubt bring further...

Covid-19: Summary guidance for employees

Julie Temple
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Entitlement to pay and sick pay If you are ready, willing and able to work but for whatever reason are not provided with work or are sent home you are, in principle, entitled to full pay. If you are unwell you will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)...

Are you self-isolating and need your will updating?

Leah Woodnott
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We know the importance of having your affairs in order can provide you with peace of mind, especially at a particularly unnerving time. The government has issued guidance on social distancing measures and the country should be taking steps to reduce the...

Is coronavirus a force majeure event?

Tracy England
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The UK government has recently announced guidance to contain the spread of coronavirus, advising that people should avoid pubs, clubs and theatres and stop all non-essential travel.  With the impending disruption posed to businesses, from cancellation...

Covid19 and the rental market

David Feakins
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Emergency legislation is being implemented which will stop landlords from issuing proceedings to evict tenants. The Government announced radical measures yesterday. These measures ensure that no renter, in either social or private accommodation, will be...

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