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Updated ACAS Redundancy Advice

ACAS has recently updated its redundancy advice for employers after experiencing a surge of calls from employees seeking advice on the redundancy process. The updated guidance is aimed at employers who are considering making employees redundant but urges them first to consider any alternatives to redundancies (such as flexible working or compressed hours). ACAS has […]

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Covid tenant protection provisions – what next?

The government has introduced and then extended protection for tenants as part of the unprecedented provisions to soften the impact of Covid-19. This principally means that, until 30 September 2020, to recover rent from a defaulting tenant, landlords cannot resort to the usual steps of commencing recovery proceedings, forfeiting the lease or applying for wind […]

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Wills can now be completed by video-witnessing

On 25th July, the government announced that the rules regarding how a Will can be signed and witnessed are being amended in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, the law stated that a Will must be signed in front of two independent witnesses who were present at the time the Will was signed. If the […]

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Protected conversations and improper behaviour

As the furlough scheme winds down and employers have to start contributing to the wages of those members of staff who have been furloughed, many are starting to review their staffing requirements. Unfortunately, this means that compulsory redundancies will become inevitable at many workplaces. However, many employers are choosing to avoid the pain associated with […]

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Responsible Contractual Behaviour in the Covid-19 emergency

On 30 June 2020, the government released updated guidance and recommendations on what they deem as ‘responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts’ in the Covid-19 pandemic. The full guidance can be viewed here. In the guidance, the government encourages all parties to ‘act responsibly and fairly, support the response to Covid-19 […]

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First arrest for furlough fraud

As we recently reported, the commission of furlough fraud was to be expected given the circumstances and timeframe in which the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) was introduced, and HMRC have made no secret of the fact that they will be looking very closely at claims made under the Scheme for evidence of abuse. However, […]

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Residential Conveyancing: Stamp Duty, what to expect

Stamp Duty The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced on 8 July 2020 that there will be no stamp duty payable on property purchases up to £500,000. Stamp duty land tax is a tax paid when you purchase a piece of land or property in England or Northern Ireland. Scotland and Wales have their own systems. The […]

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Job Retention Bonus: The Chancellor’s Summer Statement

Yesterday afternoon in his Summer Statement, Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced the new “Job Retention Bonus” policy. It was also confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) will not continue beyond October. The new policy is aimed at incentivising employers to keep as many staff as possible in work after the Scheme comes to an […]

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Can you recover notice pay via the Furlough Scheme?

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) starts to wind down many employers are starting to look at making redundancies. One of the most frequent questions we have been asked is: can an employer recover the costs of making a furloughed member of staff redundant from the Scheme? The position with the employee’s entitlement to […]

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Is lockdown lawful?

England had been in “lockdown” for more than 100 days when the High Court heard submissions from both parties in the crowdfunded judicial review case known as The Queen on the application of Dolan -v- The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (1) The Secretary of State for Education (2) concerning a challenge […]

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