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Holiday entitlement and pay during Coronavirus

Holiday entitlement and pay during Coronavirus

On 13th May 2020, the Government published guidance on holiday entitlement and pay during the Covid-19 pandemic. The new guidance provides employers with information on how holiday entitlement and pay operates during this time, particularly in respect of employees placed on furlough leave. Although useful, it is important to remember that the guidance reflects the […]

Daughter successfully challenges her mother’s Will which disinherited her.

Daughter successfully challenges her mother’s Will which disinherited her.

In a recent case, a woman has successfully challenged her mother’s Will which disinherited her because the mother believed she was a ‘compulsive spendthrift’ and instead left her whole estate to her son. Jean Clitheroe, passed away in September 2017 at the age of 76 leaving an estate worth £325,000. Prior to her death, she […]

New Safety Standards for Rental Properties

New Safety Standards for Rental Properties

A new regulation applying to tenancies came into force on 1 June 2020. It is imperative that Landlords understand how to comply with these regulations. The New Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1 June 2020 and applies to all new tenancies that come into effect […]

Working safely during Covid-19: further guidance

Working safely during Covid-19: further guidance

Employers must carry out a Coronavirus risk assessment to assess the risks of Covid-19 and do everything reasonably practicable to manage and minimise them. However, it is recognised that it is not possible to completely eliminate them. Below we have summarised the Government guidance that employers should consider when carrying out their risk assessment. To […]

Working safely during Covid-19: the risk assessment

Working safely during Covid-19: the risk assessment

On 11 May 2020, the Government released guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government has been quite clear that workers should not be forced to work in an unsafe workplace. Therefore employers must review working practices and put measures in place to protect […]

Settlement agreements FAQ’s

Settlement agreements FAQ’s

Due to Covid-19 many businesses are having to consider redundancies. This inevitably increases the risk of an employee issuing a claim in the employment tribunal as a result. However, to avoid the stress, time, and cost of litigation, employers and employees should consider entering into a settlement agreement instead. What is a settlement agreement? Settlement […]

Impact of Covid-19 on maintenance payments.

Impact of Covid-19 on maintenance payments.

As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, many individuals are concerned about the disruption to their jobs and income and whether this will affect their ability to meet their maintenance commitments. Therefore, both child and spousal maintenance (maintenance payments to an ex-wife or ex-husband) might need to be reconsidered in view of recent changes to […]

Effect of Covid-19 on arrangements for children post-separation and divorce

Effect of Covid-19 on arrangements for children post-separation and divorce

The effect of Covid-19 on the arrangements for children During the current Covid-19 pandemic, separated and divorced parents are being faced with the difficulty of how the arrangements for the children should work, particularly during this unprecedented period of social distancing.  Can children with divorced or separate parents move between homes during lockdown? On 23rd […]

Redundancy & Covid-19

Redundancy & Covid-19

Regrettably, redundancy is a possibility when the economy is suffering or businesses need to restructure to adapt to market conditions. Despite the government’s relaxation of lockdown restrictions and extension of the furlough scheme, many businesses are being forced to consider changes and reductions to their workforce. Where the collective consultation obligations apply, employee representatives must […]

Protecting your Property from Fraud

Protecting your Property from Fraud

Protecting your Property from Fraud Property fraud has rapidly developed in recent years, with HM Land Registry reporting that fraudulent property sales have more than tripled since 2013. Property is often the most valuable asset an individual owns and, unfortunately, is seen as an attractive target for fraudsters.  Homeowners and property investors are increasingly falling victim […]