As our children are heading back to school and university, and home-working with a full house becomes a distant memory, now is as good a time as any to take the opportunity to review our financial and personal affairs. September is often a time for families to get organised for the future; with children progressing…

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…

HM Revenue & Customs has reported that total inheritance tax receipts were £5.35 bn for the 2020/2021 financial year. This is a 3.68% rise from the previous year. In the tax year 2018 to 2019, London and the South East accounted for 53% of the total inheritance tax charged across England.  The average tax paying…

We are pleased to welcome Zoe Bowers as our new Private Client Paralegal. Zoe started her new role just one week after her big move to Reading from Stoke-on-Trent. She is definitely not a stranger to relocating, having lived in 4 different Asian countries growing up. Zoe says she has adapted quite quickly and is…

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…

Cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, is in the news on a daily basis. More and more people are investing in these alternative assets, as well as NFT artworks and tokens. But what happens when these assets are held by one person in a marriage? What part do they play in the settlement agreement of…

The Government has begun easing the rules around residential possession proceedings, specifically those relating to notice periods. The most recent changes have seen a substantial relaxation in the notice periods. From August 2020 until June 2021, in most cases, six months’ notice had to be given. Exceptions were available, such as in the case of…

We are receiving increased enquiries where a loved one has passed away overseas, for example, ex pats who spent the later years of their lives in Spain or Portugal. We are also receiving similar enquiries from the children of immigrant workers who have spent the last years of their lives working in the UK. In…

I have spoken to so many charity trustees over the past year or so, and there is a common theme behind their concerns, which is what should they be doing during the pandemic, and whether there will be any changes to the way they are regulated. The Charity Commission has issued guidance to charity trustees,…

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