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It has recently been highlighted by me as well as others (see article Can you exclude entry to someone for not wearing a face mask – 7th May 2021) that it could be disability discrimination if you refuse entry to someone if they refuse to wear a face mask. However, some social media posts claim…

Now that we have entered, “Lockdown Lite” with some shops, restaurants, and beauty venues re-opening, it might be a good time to look at the law and how it relates to mask wearing. It is fair to say that most people don’t mind wearing a mask and 99% of the time, mask wearing is not…

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…

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Lockdown 2021

Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Lockdown 2021. We are still working hard on behalf of clients old and new. We are still conducting most meetings by telephone and/or via conferencing facilities. In particular we are pleased to continue to offer our fixed fee meetings of £95 inclusive of VAT for one hour, to enable clients to explore any new legal matter with which they are concerned.

We have reduced numbers of staff in our office as many employees are working from home where possible via email/video/telephone calls. (All data is secure.) Please do not come into our offices without an appointment. Thank you for your ongoing and loyal support and on behalf of everyone at Barrett and Co Solicitors we hope you remain safe and well. Please do email or call us for our virtual appointments on 0118 958 9711 or email [email protected] (or the direct email address of your Barrett & Co contact).