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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...

Covid-19: Summary guidance for employers

Julie Temple
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  Entitlement to pay and sick pay If an employee is ready, willing and able to work, but for whatever reason the employer does not provide them with work or sends them home they are, in principle, entitled to full pay. If they are unwell they are...

Extension of IR35 postponed

Julie Temple
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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced on 17 March 2020 that the extension of the off-payroll working rules and IR35 will be postponed to 6 April 2021 . Broadly, IR35 was introduced to ensure that those who worked like employees paid broadly the...

McDonald's or KFC anyone?

Claire Read
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A Canadian court has recently upheld that instructions written on a McDonald’s napkin was a man’s last will and testament.  So, could you do the same? In theory, yes you can, provided that the will is properly signed by you and two...

Divorce is easy (unless it isn't)

Philip Hoddell
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From an early age, all divorce lawyers have drummed into them the fact that you cannot act for both a husband and a wife in a divorce. We will know that under our code of conduct that is a non-negotiable point. It does not stop us often being asked though,...

Potential changes to Business Property Relief

Jessica Newton
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In 2019, the Office of Tax Simplification (“OTS”) carried out a review of UK Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) as set out in Katie Gibson-Green’s blog “ Proposed changes to IHT and how that affects farmers ”.  One of the...

Increased compensation limits for employment tribunals

Julie Temple
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From 6 April 2020, new increased compensation limits for employment tribunals will come into force. Under the provisions of the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019, the increases include a revised figure of £538 (currently £525) for...

Compensation on marriage breakdown and divorce

Karen Johnson
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In recent news, there has been talk of a case decided by Mr Justice Moor following a private hearing in London. He awarded a wife compensation of £400,000, in addition to 50% of their £10 million matrimonial pot, to reflect his finding that she...

Budget update for farming families

Katie Gibson-Green
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The budget has been eagerly awaited, with announcements in recent times to scrap Entrepreneurs Relief, Agricultural Property Relief (APR), Business Property Relief (BPR) and other taxes which would directly impact our farming clients. So, what have the...

3 things you didn't know about planning for elderly care

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Despite the avalanche of information that’s readily available about later life planning, it can be a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack when it comes to finding the right solution for your family.   In a one-hour, one-off fee...

Reforms to the off-payroll working rules

Julie Temple
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Government, on 27 February 2020, confirmed the reforms to the off-payroll working rules will be introduced from 6 April 2020. Nothing new there then. It has already been announced that the changes will apply only to services provided on or after 6 April...

Commercial landlords - is your property energy efficient enough?

Sian Taylor
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In recent years there has been a focus on energy efficiency in buildings in an effort to tackle climate change. Energy Performance Certificates (“EPCs”) show how energy efficient a property is by rating it on a scale of A+ to G (A+ being the...

Coronavirus guidance for employers

Julie Temple
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The Prime Minister has said coronavirus could spread 'significantly' and, potentially, a fifth of the workforce could be off sick at its peak. I understand the situation is of growing concern to individuals and employers alike.  At work, both...

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