Latest News

Top tips for acting as an attorney during COVID-19

Attorneys and deputies manage the affairs for someone else, often when they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs. An attorney is appointed by the person themselves, whereas a deputy is appointed by the court.   For many attorneys, the...

Remote witnessing of wills during COVID-19

Times have changed since the Wills Act came in during the late 1800s and, in particular, during the early days of the Government’s lockdown restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The required formalities provide a challenge for solicitors...

Hidden family costs of a COVID-19 lockdown

Every January, the tabloid newspapers have headlines about ‘Divorce Day’ and the apparent number of people rushing to the courts immediately following the Christmas and New Year break.   We know the headlines are not entirely true....

Charity Golf Challenge

#2SuitsAndAGolfCourse – A Charity Golf Challenge with our friends at Lambert Chapman. Birkett Long’s charity for 2020 is Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. As we all know they do a brilliant job for our counties and rely on fundraising efforts to...

RSE and health education now mandatory 2020

Relationship education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education become a mandatory part of the school curriculum from September 2020. However, schools should be aware that due to the disruption caused by Covid-19, schools that...

Knife crime in schools and exclusions

Carrying a knife is a criminal offence under s.1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 and s.4 of the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 (which inserted s.139A into the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons, Bladed and Pointed Articles on school premises)). In...

Summary of Key Changes to the Academies Financial Handbook 2020

Guest article written by Rickard Luckin The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 was released over the summer by the ESFA, and changes are effective from 1 September 2020.  We have summarised the key changes arising from this to help Trustees review and...

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020

The Department for Education (“DfE”) has published its 2020 update to Keeping Children Safe in Education (“2020 Guidance”), which came into force on 1 September 2020.   Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance...

The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 - The key changes

The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 (AFH) is effective from 1 September 2020. There are some key changes which may require action by academies and other clarifications which should be reviewed to ensure Trusts remain compliant. It is important that...

Health and Social Care update throughout Covid-19

Birkett Long has continued to support and assist a wide range of clients within the health and social care sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Whilst Covid-19 has caused an undoubted downturn in the economy, many continue to see opportunities and...
  • >>