For those who have had to undertake the task of obtaining a Grant of Probate recently, you may have noticed that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic seems to be affecting turnaround times on various key parts of the process, right from the start with the “Tell Us Once” government service, all the way through to the…

I hope that this article explains some of the work that we do as a Private Client Solicitors in the award-winning Barrett & Co team. It is a rainy Wednesday in November and in the main I am working from home. As a Will writer I have been given ‘key worker’ status, so I go…

Please note, this page, published in December 2020, will not be updated to reflect changing legislation. Keep up to date with government furlough regulations on our Furloughed Workers page. The Government announced on 5 November 2020 a further significant extension to the CJRS, which will now remain in place until 31 March 2021. There will…

It is no secret that the property market is currently booming with assistance from the Government’s temporary reduction in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) from the 8th July 2020 to the 31st March 2021 – but how has it impacted those working within the sector? In these unusual times, property solicitors are seeing a significant…

Since the Covid-19 pandemic we have become increasingly aware of the impacts that the lockdown has had on family dynamics. This has been both positive and negative with some families being able to spend a lot more time with each other but with some it has led to a realisation that their relationship is in…

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,…

(Thoughts on the judgment in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and others – [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm)) Several years ago now, before embarking on my personal yellow-brick-road of a career in Commercial Law, I studied Philosophy at a reasonably well-known local university.  The greater part of my teaching programme consisted of a…

The Government has recently announced that there will be an extension of the amount of notice which must be given to tenants prior to the issue of the vast majority of possession claims.  Since the national lockdown was implemented in late March 2020, the notice period for virtually all new proceedings has been three months….

Hilary Buckle from Barrett & Co Solicitors in Reading joined BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Phil Kennedy on 27th July 2020 to explain new legislation regarding the witnessing of Wills in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. She discusses the concerns of legal practitioners about the potential for coercion and the government’s decision to backdate video…

The UK government announced lockdown on 23 March 2020, which saw an immediate ban on all social gatherings, including weddings. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) have said that they would expect a consumer to be offered a full refund if government public health measures mean they cannot use the services of a venue.  However,…

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