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The dangers of a DIY will

Why would you instruct a lawyer to write your will when you can just write your own?  You may have seen will writers and DIY will kits advertised online or in local supermarkets. It is important to be aware that, generally speaking, will writers do...

Common law husband and wife - true or false?

Is it true that after 7 years of living together you become ‘common law husband and wife? It’s not true. This is a myth (and so is the suggestion that it happens after 6 months, 2 years, or at all). We are often asked this question by...

The advantages of working from home

On January 5 2021, a third national lockdown was announced and the message that we have all come to know so well, ‘stay at home’, was reintroduced. Whilst individuals are allowed to travel to go to work, they should only do so if they cannot...

Developers changing builds to facilitate home working

The majority of the population has had to adapt and change to working from home over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It seems as though many businesses will continue the working from home trend even after life returns to normal. Due to the...

Working from home we can still help with...neighbour disputes

We have seen a surge in new enquiries relating to neighbour disputes since the start of the pandemic. People are spending more time at home and picking up on matters which they may not have previously noticed, such as boundary issues or a nuisance caused by...

Covid-19 and contact between children and separated parents

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has been clear that children under the age of 18 are permitted to move between their parents’ homes to ensure they are able to continue to spend time with both parents. Additionally, households...

Direct employment in the construction sector

IR35 is due to come into force on 6 April 2021.  The Joint Industry Board (JIB) has issued a report on direct employment in the construction sector .  It suggests that contractors should be employed because it believes direct employment will...

Essex law firm advises on successful sale

Essex law firm, Birkett Long has advised the owners of GB Underwriting on their sale of the company to insurance intermediary Specialist Risk Group (SRG). GB Underwriting is a property and liability solutions provider operating in the UK broker market. A...

Succession: how to keep it in the family for generations

Over the last 200 years, agriculture in Britain has changed significantly. With the impending changes following Brexit, The Agriculture Act 2020, and no doubt many things we do not even know or have heard of as I write, it will undoubtedly change and need...

mastering business longevity beyond Brexit

Birkett Long can trace its roots back to 1821, celebrating its 200 th anniversary this year. Statistics suggest that only about 0.5% of all companies achieve 100 years in business, so we are definitely doing something right!  About 30% of businesses...
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