Covid-19 has brought with it a lot of firsts for me, with the biggest one to date being remote hearings. Having read the guidance on remote hearings, I have to admit that I was anxious about handling a remote hearing given that we would be completely reliant on technology. I can now say that I…

As COVID-19 continues to be an issue of great concern to governments across the globe, employees and employers are continuing to adapt to the changes to the workplace routine. For many employees, this means working from home as opposed to their office or equivalent. Employers have been strongly encouraged to enable employees to work from…

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing life as we know it for us as a nation, and across the globe; and the legal world is no exception at having to adapt to the new way of life.  The legal environment is renowned for being steeped in historic processes and procedures that in some cases date back…

Last updated 4th May 2020 For updates since 12th November 2020, Autumn Lockdown and Furlough Part 3, please click here For updates since 1st June 2020, please click here What is furlough leave? Furlough leave is a type of paid leave which the government introduced via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) to help businesses…

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…

One positive outcome of the current crisis is observing how many individuals and organisations have come together to assist those in need. At Barrett & Co we are proud of how our members of staff have rallied round to help our vulnerable clients, in whatever way they can. For example, team members have been regularly…

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…

When thinking about connotations of the legal world dusty old books, quill pens and people packing into Court rooms come to mind but amid the Covid-19 outbreak, Juliette Spanner of Barrett & Co has been exploring how the legal world is being forced to modernise to keep up with the times. Whilst some Court cases…

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