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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…

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….

Please note, this page, published in December 2020, will not be updated to reflect changing legislation. Keep up to date with government furlough regulations on our Furloughed Workers page. The Government announced on 5 November 2020 a further significant extension to the CJRS, which will now remain in place until 31 March 2021. There will…

It is no secret that the property market is currently booming with assistance from the Government’s temporary reduction in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) from the 8th July 2020 to the 31st March 2021 – but how has it impacted those working within the sector? In these unusual times, property solicitors are seeing a significant…

On 28th September, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The Regulations require all workers to notify their employer if they are required to self-isolate and they are due to undertake any work from a location that is not where they are self-isolating. This will usually be the employee’s home,…

(Thoughts on the judgment in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and others – [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm)) Several years ago now, before embarking on my personal yellow-brick-road of a career in Commercial Law, I studied Philosophy at a reasonably well-known local university.  The greater part of my teaching programme consisted of a…

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,…

Updated January 2021 Third lockdown and working in the office The third lockdown has confused people because in many ways the government guidelines are actually less strict than they were during the first lockdown, but many of the principles remain the same. Who is allowed to work in the office? The guidelines state that everyone…

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…

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Car Park Closed until 24th October 2021

We are fully open, however if you are visiting us in person before 24th October, our car park is temporarily out of action. We advise you to use Queens Road multi storey or other public car parks.