£34bn claimed through the furlough scheme

Figures released from HMRC show that £34bn has been claimed through the Government’s furlough scheme, which has been set up to help businesses during the coronavirus crisis. The scheme is currently supporting 9.6m people, with 1.2m employers using it to help survive the pandemic. The scheme is scheduled to finish at the end of October, […]

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Highway Code to be reviewed to improve road safety

The Government are reviewing The Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority, and to establish safer overtaking. There will  be a consultation seeking views on these proposed changes and its aim is to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. The main alterations […]

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Largest overhaul of planning permission since World War Two

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, outlined the Government’s proposals to change the planning system so that new homes, hospitals, schools, shops and offices will be given an automatic ‘permission in principle’. This is the biggest overhaul of the system since World War Two. New housing developments have historically taken over five years to pass through […]

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The FCA calls against mortgage payment holidays

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have called against offering homeowners further mortgage holidays if they are struggling with their mortgage payments. Many lenders offered a three month holiday during the pandemic, but the FCA says that other ways of helping homeowners meet their financial commitments would be more appropriate. Suggestions include extending the term of […]

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Divorce is on the increase

The Ministry of Justice painted a gloomy picture when they released their figures for divorces for the year to the end of March 2020. 112,284 divorces were finalised in the courts in England and Wales. This was in comparison to 91,609 divorces in the same period in the previous year. An increase of 18%. These […]

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Workers want a vaccine before they return to the workplace

A survey by Canada Life, have found that a third of people want a vaccine or an antibody test before they return to the office. The findings also state that: ‘Although four in ten (41%) are feeling positive about getting back into the office, 28% are concerned about it – increasing to 36% among women. […]

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Lockdown could trigger inheritance tax bills

The pandemic has seen some older parents, who have gifted their homes to their adult children and subsequently then moved back into the property to be with them, face an inheritance tax bill. The tax rule, known as ‘a gift with reservation of benefit’ could apply. This is when someone gifts something, but still benefits […]

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Our latest Personal Injury newsletter has landed

 Our latest Personal Injury newsletter has arrived. Written in plain English, it’s been compiled in response to the questions that we are often asked about personal injury. In an industry that is plagued with bad press and money sharks, we try and steer clear of this.  Getting  our clients back on their feet, through maximum […]

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Government to make video-witnessing of Wills legal

The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that some people have struggled to have their Wills witnessed, especially those who are shielding and isolating during lockdown. It has meant that the use of Zoom and FaceTime have become more prevalent as tools to help witnesses. Currently this is not accommodated for in the exiting law; which requires […]

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Sandhurst Personal Injury case thrown out of court

A personal injury case has been thrown out of court. The case involved a lady who was injured after drunkenly riding a rickshaw at a charity ball held a Sandhurst military college, and then suing for £50,000 in compensation. The Judge commented that: “She is a big girl now, she can decide what she wants […]

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