We are pleased to announce that we have passed our 2020 review and have therefore been awarded our Cyber Essentials Certificate of Assurance for another year, which demonstrates our commitment to cyber security.
As we move out of lockdown and the furlough scheme begins to place more responsibility on the employer, we are hearing of more and more well-known businesses announcing hundreds of pandemic related redundancies.
In these uncertain times, we understand the worries that people are facing with their jobs and concerns they have in relation to their employment rights and what they are entitled to.
The coronavirus pandemic prompted many people to rush to either make or update their Wills to ensure their financial affairs were in order and to protect their loved ones’ future. Solicitors are expecting an increase in disputes due to the restrictive measures that were in place during lockdown which meant that drawing up a valid Will was not straightforward.
To encourage the housing market to bounce back after the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chancellor has announced a stamp duty holiday which will run until 31st March 2021.
The lower Stamp Duty Land Tax threshold has been increased from £125,000 to £500,00. This means that any property purchases below £500,000 will not need to pay stamp duty as long as completion takes place before 31st March 2021.
Yesterday, the Chancellor announced his “Plan for Jobs” to help spur the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. A number of measures were announced to protect, support and create jobs. The key employment factors are:
The introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020 temporarily made changes (known as easements) to the Care Act 2014 which took effect on the 31st March 2020. The enactment of these easements allowed local authorities to discharge their usual duties under the Care Act 2014 to help councils meet the demands and pressures caused by Covid-19.
Following on from our previous article which provided information on the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which came into effect on the 1st July, the Government has now issued a further update (01.07.20).