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EMPLOYMENT LAW NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2021

This newsletter covers:

Vaccination and employment
Asymptomatic testing
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
PPE for gig workers
Gender reassignment

Due to the changing landscape of Covid-19 the following information is accurate up to date today however, the information may change due to the fast moving government policy on this.
Vaccination and Employment
The UK’s vaccination programme is the way out of the pandemic although of course social distancing, mask wearing and PPE are going to be with us for…

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Coping with relationship issues during lockdown

If you need advice on coping with relationship issues during lockdown or how to progress separation proceedings during lockdown, our family law specialist Lisa Cogger is here to share her guidance.

Many things can cause the breakdown of a relationship, but ultimately it comes down to a negative strain between family members.

We’ve seen increasing divorce rates across the globe as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic hit us all with demands on our mental, emotional and physical health…

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Collaborative Law – what is it and how does it work?

Collaborative law is an alternative to mediation. It’s a legal process that allows couples who’ve decided to separate or end their marriage to work with a trained professional and avoids court proceedings to settle any disputes.

This voluntary process helps both couples achieve a fair settlement. It’s initiated by the couple signing a contract binding each other to the process and can be used to cover a wide range of disputes including between parents. It basically means…

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Why should you consider dispute resolution?

Dispute resolution can be a helpful tool for a wide range of disputes including those involving landlord and tenant agreements, trusts, contentious probate, and contractual matters.

There are many ways that legal issues can be handled, and it can become very expensive to take disputes through a Court of Law. Dispute resolution is often used as a quicker, simpler approach to reaching an appropriate outcome.

Our Assistant Solicitor, Rhiannon Moody works in our Litigation Department focusing on dispute resolutions. Here…

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Most commonly asked family law questions…

Family law covers a wide range of scenarios including child custody, separation, parental rights and pre or post nuptial agreements.

Our family and matrimonial law specialist, Lisa Cogger is experienced in handling a range of issues that can arise from separation or family breakdowns so there’s no better person to answer the most commonly asked family law questions.
What rights does my ex have to our children?
These are the legal rights, duties, powers, and responsibilities you have as…

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Relationship breakdown – supporting children through divorce

A divorce or separation is inevitably an emotional and difficult time for all involved. For children, it can bring about feelings of uncertainty, confusion, stress, and worry. But, with consideration and parental support, many children can navigate a challenging situation in the best way possible. Associate Solicitor and family law specialist Lisa Cogger discusses how to prevent children from suffering during a relationship breakdown.

One of the most frequently asked questions from separating and divorcing couples is: how can we…

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House sales boom following stamp duty holiday

House sales in the UK have increased following the introduction of a stamp duty holiday during the current global pandemic. This was introduced earlier in the year with a view to protecting jobs in the housing sector and the associated supply chains. The increase in sales of residential property has helped protect more than three quarters of a million jobs in the sector during uncertain times, and the scheme is set to continue through to March 2021.

When the scheme…

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Witnessing Wills Remotely in a Changing World

In order to be considered valid, Wills have historically needed to comply with section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 (amended by section 17 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982). Usual practice dictates that the execution and attestation of Wills must comply entirely with the statutory legal requirements, but global events relating to the outbreak of coronavirus have brought additional challenges on how witnessing Wills remotely could be achieved.
What’s Changing?
Legal requirements state that a witness must…

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What is power of attorney?

Granting powers of attorney to a named individual can be a difficult decision to make, but when done correctly and for the right reasons it provides peace of mind during challenging times.

Powers of attorney can restore independence and peace of mind when placed in the hands of a trustworthy individual and for the right reasons. It is essentially a document which is designed to authorize a named individual to act on behalf of another person should they be unable…

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Face Masks in Family Court

Recent global events have affected the way courts operate in the UK and special considerations must be made to ensure the health and safety of those in attendance. While wearing masks or other face coverings in court is not mandatory, it is recommended by HMCTS as are alternative approaches such as remote hearings.

The recent global outbreak of coronavirus has impacted heavily on our lifestyles and the ways we interact as a society. One of the less disruptive changes that…

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