Property transactions in April were down by over 50% but the market bounces back

Not surprisingly, residential property transactions were down by over 50% in April according to data from HM Revenue and Customs. The effect of the Coronavirus lockdown has meant that only 46,440 residential transactions took place in April, which is a drop of 53.2% compared to the same time last year. But it’s not all doom […]

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Co-parenting during the pandemic; a father loses his case to keep children off school

A father who wished to keep his children away from school, over fears that they may catch the virus, has lost his legal battle against his keyworker ex-wife to keep them at home. The father expressed these concerns to his ex-wife but she applied to the family court for their custody arrangements to be amended […]

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As lockdown gradually lifts, there are calls for new laws to protect cyclists

As lockdown gradually lifts, people are being encouraged, if possible, to cycle to work. At the same time, there are calls for a new law to protect cyclists on the roads. This new law would ‘presume’ cyclists are innocent in a road accident with the introduction of a  ‘presumed liability’ of other road users. Road […]

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Can I leave money to my pet in my Will? YourVirtualSolicitor© answers the question.

YourVirtualSolicitor© Can I leave money to my pet in my Will? A question we’re often asked. Catherine Crabtree, one of our Private Client Solicitors explains the answer in plain English.  

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Mortgage holidays, what is the true costs?

Figures calculated by L&C Mortgages suggest that the mortgage breaks that have been taken by 1.6m homeowners because of the COVID-19 pandemic, could cost them at least £821m in extra interest. The figures suggest that a three-month mortgage payment holiday will, on average, save homeowners £2,256 over the period. But they will end up paying […]

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Air pollution scores to be made widely available

Homebuyers and renters will be able to check air pollution scores for the first time this week. The property portal, SearchSmartly, will display air pollution scores on every home that they advertise. Plans for all homes, to be rented or sold, through estate agents are expected to follow suit. Poor air quality has become more […]

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The impact of the coronavirus on jobs: a fifth of employers look set to make redundancies

A fifth of employers are planning to make staff redundant over the next three months, according to research by the CIPD and recruiter Adecco. The research also revealed that 15% expected to cut salaries and 29% looked likely to reduce bonuses. The figures are at the lowest levels since the CIPD survey began 15 years […]

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YourVirtualSolicitor© Can your Will be witnessed during lockdown?

That was the question asked, and one of our Private Client Solicitors, Jayshree Patel answers it below: https://youtu.be/9DJQXYm_29M Don’t forget to email us your legal questions about Wills, Inheritance Tax and LPAs to enquiry@thomasdunton.co.uk

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Furlough scheme may last until September

Plans to extended the furlough scheme until the end of  September look likely. The extension will potentially see monthly pay outs to furloughed staff fall from 80% to 60%.  At present the scheme is estimated to cost approximately £61bn a month. Furloughed staff who are returning to work part-time will also have their wages ‘topped […]

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Business rates revaluation postponed

The Government’s website has just announced that the revaluation of business rates has been postponed and will no longer take place in 2021. The full article can be found here:  

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