The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us many challenges over the last 15 months, and unfortunately one of those is families having to come to terms with the loss of a loved one much earlier than would ever have been anticipated. One outcome of these unexpected deaths, is that many people unfortunately did not have the…

The government has passed legislation that requires all workers in CQC registered care homes to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 comes into force on 11 November 2021. Workers will have a grace period of 16 weeks in which to receive both doses of…

Employers Seek Guidance As Government Hands Responsibility Over To Business Owners On How To Implement “Freedom Day.” As “Freedom Day” hits the UK and releases many businesses and individuals from the restrictions that have been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are mixed messages with which business owners find themselves dealing. The fewer…

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…

Further extension of the furlough scheme to 30 September The budget announced on 3rd March 2021 confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Furlough will continue until 30 September.  The scheme covers up to 80% of an employee’s salary for the hours they do not work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month….

Last updated: 15th February 2021 The Government has announced that the eviction ban will be further extended until 31st March 2021. The move, which is the latest extension to a ban that started in late 2020, means that landlords continue to remain unable to evict residential tenants. The previous extension was due to expire on…

Thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling in Financial Conduct Authority against Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and others [2021] UKSC1 Some of you may remember that, back in October (2020), I wrote an article about the decision of the Queen’s Bench Division Commercial Court in Financial Conduct Authority against Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and others [2020]…

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…

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