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,…

With “Independence Day” on July 4th symbolising an end to Covid-19 lockdown, employees are still nervous about returning to work indoors. Can my employer force me to return to the office? Before coronavirus, the answer to this question would be yes. Most employment contracts require a person to be available for work at a specific…

On the day the UK government introduced “Flexible Furlough”, employment law expert Justin Sadler of Barrett & Co explained the latest changes to employment regulations for businesses unable to offer full-time work to their employees. Courtesy of Mid-Morning on BBC Radio Berkshire with Sarah Walker, 1st July 2020. Barrett & Co · Everything You Need…

When Jane Whitfield, our Head of Trusts & Charities, saw Linda Magistris, the CEO of The Good Grief Trust, on BBC Breakfast earlier in June talking about The Good Grief Trust charity, and in particular their new COVID-19 National Bereavement Support Helpline, she was so impressed that she contacted the charity the minute the programme…

Despite the world recently being captivated by watching Captain Tom Moore raise more than £32,000,000 for the National Health Service, charities across the country are now bracing themselves for extreme financial hardship following the Covid-19 pandemic. In the final quarter of last year predictions were looking healthy for legacy donations to UK charities due to…

The CJRS or furlough scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June 2020 Claims from 1 July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June in…

There is a little-known exemption from Inheritance Tax (IHT) for emergency services personnel, known as the blue light exemption. The legislation initially applied when a member or former member of the armed forces died as a result of injuries or disease sustained while on active service. Their whole estate would be exempt from the payment…

In Part 2 of a series on Litigation and the Courts. Dispute Resolution Solicitor Chris Miller reviews some of the key procedural changes put in place to assist litigators.  As we begin to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown and start the slow journey back towards “normality”, it is likely that Court proceedings will also begin…

As lockdown continues to be eased, there are various reasons why you may be looking to take employees off furlough. You have more work than you had initially predicted or you need temporary cover for anyone who has become ill or needs to self-isolate. You may even be looking to implement a phased return in…

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