On 28th September, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The Regulations require all workers to notify their employer if they are required to self-isolate and they are due to undertake any work from a location that is not where they are self-isolating. This will usually be the employee’s home,…

The Reynolds Report – October 2020 Feeling a bit like the bar hostess in the film The Blues Brothers who proudly announces, “We have both kinds of music here, Country and Western…,”  I can confirm that we do both kinds of work in the Property and Commercial Department at Barrett & Co – Property and…

Jane Whitfield considers if a charity is allowed to provide financial support to its trading company if the company is struggling and, if so, whether a charity should go down that path. One of the effects of COVID19 has been the dramatic fall in income for almost every company in the country that relies on…

It is important to have a plan in place for your business and here is some guidance depending upon how you trade.   If you are a sole trader Your sole trader business may include the intangible asset of goodwill.  As many sole trader businesses are fundamentally “you”, i.e. people deal with you for your particular…

If you own and manage a family-owned business, then understandably the vast majority of your time will be spent ensuring that your business runs well and is profitable. This is inevitably a demanding task, so it is perfectly understandable that some significant tax considerations risk being overlooked. The way that family-owned businesses are taxed is…

Whether you like him or loathe him Alan Sugar is one example of a British business mogul who has built himself up from a one-man market trader to an international billionaire business tycoon and is now the face of a plethora of business ventures. But following Lord Sugar’s health scare last year (from which luckily…

“Live as though you will die tomorrow, but farm as though you will live forever.” – John Marsden “…But always remember that you might not.” – Martin Reynolds Readers are (or should be) already familiar with me urging owners and directors of companies to consider creating Lasting Powers of Attorney so that the continued running…

Last updated 4th May 2020 For updates since 12th November 2020, Autumn Lockdown and Furlough Part 3, please click here For updates since 1st June 2020, please click here What is furlough leave? Furlough leave is a type of paid leave which the government introduced via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) to help businesses…

As Coronavirus COVID-19 continues its onslaught, the British Government has recently rolled out its latest advice to the general public with the message to remain in ‘lockdown’ save to carry out a strict few necessary tasks. Employers and employees are both understandably worried about future employment ramifications of an extended lockdown or a lengthy time…

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced by the government last week to help employers if they cannot cover staff costs due to Covid-19.  The aim is to avoid redundancies, and the scheme can offer grants of up to 80% of an employee’s wage for all employment costs – up to a cap of £2,500…

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