Lockdowns and social distancing measures have caused court closures, which will increase delays where there are already backlogs. Further disputes involving supply-chain issues, employment disputes and other commercial matters emerging from the pandemic will further increase the backlog of cases.  Courts are using video conferencing technology to conduct hearings, but another way to bypass the…

Covid-19 has brought many difficulties this year. For separated parents there may have been disagreements with current child arrangements. On 24th April 2020, Cafcass launched their co-parent hub to try to provide parents with online tools to co-parent effectively during lockdown and the ongoing future.    How does it work? Parents who wish to use…

With more and more of us now practising self-isolation and social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, now is the perfect opportunity for you to use your time wisely at home and do things which you never had time for before.   One suggestion is that you can review your property title deeds. You may find yourself…

Will writers have been defined as ‘key workers’ during this pandemic. We are doing our utmost to help our clients and there is much we can do to assist you during this challenging period, so please get in touch with us if you have any queries or concerns at all. We can provide telephone consultations,…

On 8 April 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £750m package to help struggling charities to try and stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis. A number of charities are facing collapse, including those local to us in the Reading area, with income decimated because charity shops were forced to close. Even larger charities such as…

The coronavirus outbreak has brought with it an unprecedented number of temporary changes to the way in which we live and work. The impact of these changes has extended into every aspect of people’s lives. There was much publicity when the Government announced it was proposing a total ban on evictions for three months. The…

In the latest of our contentious probate newsletter articles we discuss grants of probate (“grants”) and caveats. It is wrongly assumed that a grant cannot be issued where a caveat is in place. Although rare, there are actually a couple of limited scenarios whereby a grant can be issued.  The types of grant which can…

Given the uncertain times ahead, I thought I would discuss a topic that is particularly close to me at the given that I am (hopefully) a 2020 bride. With the recent lockdown implemented by the government, wedding services have been postponed. This means that any bride looking to get married within the period of this…

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…

Creating a Will is arguably one of the most important documents a person will create throughout their lifetime and is a useful way to protect family and loved ones. Due to its importance, it is worth doing this properly. Many people are put off asking a solicitor to draw up their Will for them due…

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