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Charity Checks! Are you operating within the rules?

Tim Field
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A Charity Commission reminder - Trustees must not be paid for their services as a trustee – read on and ensure your charity does not fall foul of the charity commission rules As if Prince Andrew was not surrounded in enough controversy at the moment,...

New insolvency provisions and the impact on suppliers

Tracey Dickens
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This Act came into force on the 26 June 2020. The Government has been looking at amending the Insolvency Act 1986 ( “1986 Act” ) for some time now. Following the acceptance that the world was facing a pandemic, the Government announced it was...

Can an employer make their employees take holiday?

Hannah Maxwell
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With travel plans disrupted this summer, most employees will be hesitant to use their holiday allowance until the current restrictions are lifted.  Employers are keen to have workers working rather than on holiday, especially as the business starts to...

Charity fundraising event cancellations

Tim Field
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Event cancellations due to Covid-19? Read about event deposits, contracts and more…  As we enter into the summer months it is highly likely that a number of charities would have been holding, or hoping to benefit from, a range of fundraising...

Charities step up to respond to the Covid-19 crisis

Tim Field
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Are your Charities objectives fit for purposes? Charities have been working hard during lockdown. The Covid-19 crisis remains financially viable and also determines how best they can help those most in need.  When a charity diverts its funds to help...

No fault divorce - on demand

Philip Hoddell
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The Government’s no fault divorce legislation (“The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation bill” as it now is) is likely to be signed into law very soon, having now concluded its passage through the House of Commons. But what is the actual...

Gender reassignment - gifts in wills

Claire Read
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Since 2004, individuals have been able to apply for a gender recognition certificate which recognises their change of gender for legal purposes. This applies to gifts under wills made on or after 4 April 2005. Below is an example of how some difficulties...

Pride 2020 - Planning for later life

David Feakins
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I am extremely proud to be working at a firm that supports Pride and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. With everything that is going on in the world at the moment, I am sure that Digital Pride will be a welcome celebration in these uncertain...

Essex Digital Pride - LGBTQ+ friendly laws

Leah Woodnott
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As many of you will know, Essex Pride this year is being hosted online, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. During this unusual time, I think it is important to reflect on the laws that have come into force to provide equality to LGBTQ+ families. The Gender...

Forfeiture rule disregarded in heartbreaking case

Rachel Leech
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Forfeiture rule disregarded in a heartbreaking case where the wife was responsible for her husband’s death  The forfeiture rule means that you cannot benefit from someone’s death when you were responsible for the person dying. Most people...

Can I get divorced during lockdown?

Melanie Loxley
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The end of a relationship is generally a very difficult and upsetting time.  For those who are in a failing relationship during lockdown, it must be even harder. If you find yourself in this situation then here are the answers to some questions you may...

Flexible furlough - one thing you might have missed

Julie Temple
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I am sure many, business and employees alike, are looking forward to the flexibility under the coronavirus job retention scheme from 1 July 2020 and the possibilities it brings. However, there is one important restriction that might have been overlooked and...

How furlough is changing from 1 July 2020

Julie Temple
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We've known some of the details since the changes were announced in May and guidance released earlier this month. Further guidance was released on 12 June 2020. What follows is a summary of how furlough will operate from 1 July 2020 and collated...

My experience of home working

Kevin Sullivan
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Kevin Sullivan, an Insolvency Partner, tells us about his experience working from home. Before the coronavirus pandemic, I was never keen on working from home – mainly because I never had the set-up and preferred the convenience and comforts...

My experience of volunteers' week - #HRTogether

Julie Temple
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On 1 June, around 5pm, I finished presenting an online event for the Essex and Ipswich branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development rounding up Covid-19 legal issues for HR professionals and managers.  I checked my phone and accepted...

Coronavirus: Family leave and furlough

Julie Temple
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Since the announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June, and the last day to place ‘new’ employees on furlough is 10 June 2020, confusion has come to the fore about those on family leave.  We...

Notice pay during furlough

Reggie Lloyd
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Employers may be considering making redundancies and employees may be notified that they are to be made redundant. Both will be keen to understand what payment they should receive if the employee is on furlough. How is notice pay calculated if an employee...

Furlough and flexible furlough - limitations and corrections

Julie Temple
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From 1 July onwards, the maximum number of employees that can be claimed for in any period cannot be higher than the maximum number that have been claimed for in a previous period. For example, if the highest single claim for periods up to and including 30...

Clitheroe v Bond: Birkett Long success in High Court will dispute

Rachel Leech
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In the recent contentious probate case of Clitheroe v Bond, the court overturned the validity of two wills. The Defendant, who was represented by Birkett Long, was successful in the will dispute on the ground that the Deceased lacked mental capacity to make...

Important changes to furlough and self-employed support scheme

Julie Temple
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On 29 May 2020, as part of the government daily briefing, the Chancellor announced the awaited details of how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) (or furlough scheme) will change come 1 August 2020.  The headlines are that: For June and July...

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