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End of residential eviction ban and reduction in notice periods

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In March 2021, we covered the announcement of the Government's additional support package for residential tenants. This extended until 31st May 2021 the moratorium on enforcing possession orders and the requirement to provide 6 months' notice for residential evictions. The Government has now announced its proposed timeline for reverting t...
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What if Bill and Melinda Gates were divorcing in the UK?

What if Bill and Melinda Gates were divorcing in the UK?
As has been widely reported in the press over the last few weeks, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and his wife Melanie Gates announced they were getting a divorce. Mr. & Mrs. Gates are American, but had they been English, how would the Family Court of England and Wales deal with their financial separation? Bill and Melanie Gates were ...
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The modernisation of the Marriage Act

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Both parents are to be named on marriage certificates going forward following a change to the Marriage Act. Currently, a historical anomaly means that just the bride and grooms' fathers are named. This change has been campaigned for by a cross party group of MPs and also applies to civil partnerships. In addition, marriages are now going to be reco...
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What are the grounds for challenging a Will?

What are the grounds for challenging a Will?
There are several ways that the validity of a Will can be challenged. Any challenge to a Will would be by a person who stands to benefit from the deceased's estate if they succeed in their claim. For instance they may benefit under an earlier Will which would come back into existence. If there is no earlier Will a successful challenge would result ...
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Tragic death of JD Sports heir highlights the importance of taking proper legal advice

Tragic death of JD Sports heir highlights the importance of taking proper legal advice
Tom Makin was heir to the well-known JD Sports sporting goods empire prior to his tragic death. At the age of only 21 Tom was diagnosed with bone cancer, which would later claim his life. In 2019, aged just 29, Tom passed away leaving his wife, Kirsty, a widow at 34, and the couple's two young children. A year before the couple got married, Tom tra...
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Colin vs Cuthbert – the trial of the chocolate cakes

Colin vs Cuthbert – the trial of the chocolate cakes
They often say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but such assurance is clearly of little comfort to high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S). In the firm belief that a cake sold by discount retailer Aldi, under the name of Cuthbert the Caterpillar, imitates their own chocolatey creation, Colin the Caterpillar, M&S h...
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Digital Assets - are they covered in your Will?

Digital Assets - are they covered in your Will?
We all know the importance of dealing with our property, bank accounts, investments, and other assets in our Wills, but have you ever thought about what would happen to your online presence? What would happen to your logins for social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, Apple, or TikTok to name a few? Do ...
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Important employment law changes in April

Important employment law changes in April
April is a busy month for both businesses and employment lawyers. There are a number of employment law changes HR Directors and employers need to prepare for. Employment Tribunal Compensation Limit Change The limit on the amount of compensation awarded by the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal will increase to £89,493. The upper limit which c...
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Pinney Talfourd merges with Sackvilles Solicitors

Pinney Talfourd merges with Sackvilles Solicitors
Pinney Talfourd is delighted to announce our merger with Sackvilles Solicitors on 6th April 2021. The partners of both firms are very excited about the merger and the excellent opportunities it brings to our respective clients and staff. As firms, we know each other very well, having worked in close proximity for many years and having built up a go...
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Understanding the changes to off payroll working: IR35 what the new rules mean

Understanding the changes to off payroll working: IR35 what the new rules mean
Off payroll working rules, commonly referred to as IR35, are changing from 6th April 2021, but what does this mean for you? What is IR35?The IR35 rules originally aimed to ensure that contractors doing work for companies, and the companies themselves, paid the correct level of tax. They also sought to restrict tax avoidance through "disguised emplo...
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Workers who “sleep-in” not entitled to national minimum wage for whole shift

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The Supreme Court recently handed down its judgment in the cases of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersand and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) [2021] UKSC 8. In this landmark decision, the Court found that a worker is only entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for periods during a "sleep-in" shift when th...
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New Mediation voucher scheme launched for Family Law cases

New Mediation voucher scheme launched for Family Law cases
A new scheme has been launched to encourage more people to use mediation services in family law cases as an alternative to the family courts.  The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched the Mediation Voucher Scheme which is being administered by the Family Mediation Council (FMC). Financial contributionThe scheme offers people a voucher up to ...
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The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney – Kate and Derek’s Story

The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney – Kate and Derek’s Story
Most of us will have heard the heart-breaking story of TV presenter Kate Garraway's husband and his yearlong hospitalisation after contracting Covid 19 in March 2020. Kate has been very honest in sharing her family's experience and her documentary 'Finding Derek' which aired this month gave a glimpse of the many difficulties she is facing, includin...
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Can death-bed gifts supersede existing Wills?

Can death-bed gifts supersede existing Wills?
This question was posed by the recent case of Davey v Bailey [2021] EWHC 445 (Ch), which related to the estates of Alan and Margaret Bailey, who died within a few months of each other in 2019. Mr and Mrs Bailey had mirror Wills in place appointing each other as the sole executor and beneficiary of each other's estates. They understood that, followi...
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Are your dividends at risk? Revisiting the salary vs dividend conundrum

Are your dividends at risk? Revisiting the salary vs dividend conundrum
With the relative tax efficiency of paying dividends when compared to salary now looking increasingly marginal, long established checks and balances protecting shareholder interests are facing renewed pressure. This exposes shareholders to an often overlooked risk which is rarely appreciated until after the event.  Tax on earnings, tax on prof...
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Am I entitled to half my spouses income?

Am I entitled to half my spouses income?
A common question asked in cases where one person in a marriage earns significantly more than their spouse is "why can't I share in my spouse's future income?". In many cases the spouse with the high income will have built up that income capacity through the marriage and will have the ability to earn at a higher level than their spouse for many yea...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update
As the country eases out of the lockdown measures related to COVID-19, we are pleased to be able to begin welcoming clients back into our offices.At present, we are able to meet clients in person by appointment in order to sign Wills and deal with any urgent issues with require a face to face meeting.From the 12 April, we are delighted that our off...
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COVID-19 - One year on

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A year ago today the whole nation's lives changed when we were all told to 'stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS' in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a sobering time and a reality check for most. A sense of fear and nervousness was experienced by many. People have suffered in different ways, have experienced life as we have never know...
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Extension to ban on evicting commercial and residential tenants

Extension to ban on evicting commercial and residential tenants
In January 2021, we covered the Government's extension of the moratorium on enforcing possession orders until 22nd February 2021. The Government has now announced further additional support for commercial and residential tenants. This includes a ban on commercial evictions until 30th June 2021 together with a ban on residential evictions until 31st...
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Lockdown love - unmarried couples rights

Lockdown love - unmarried couples rights
When the first lockdown was announced some couples made the decision to move in together to avoid being separated.  A year on enquiries concerning unmarried couples' legal rights and how best they can formalise their living arrangements have increased. Married rights v unmarried rightsUnmarried couples living together do not have the same...
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