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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,…

For the eighth year running, 6 members of Barrett & Co Solicitors LLP took part in this year’s Reading Legal Walk, which took place “after work” hours on 12th July 2021. The walk consisted of a 10 km route around Reading to raise money for local advice centres in and around the Reading and Thames…

There have been a few changes in our department recently, so we thought we should reintroduce ourselves! Anthony Raumann: Anthony joined the firm in June 2021 as our new head of Family Law. He has many years’ experience as a Family Solicitor and in the wider legal field.  Anthony approaches matters with a calm and…

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…

Broadly speaking, if someone cannot make a certain decision for themselves, they are often said to ‘lack capacity’ to make the decision. Capacity is function specific, based upon the decision at hand that needs to be made. The legal framework applying to mental capacity can be found in The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).  This…

Readers of this month’s newsletter will note Juliette Spanner’s article “What is mental capacity and how does it impact me?”, which refers to the The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). All attorneys should familiarize themselves with the MCA in order to carry out their duties properly and effectively. It is very easy, when asked to…

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