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Introducing the ‘No-Fault’ Divorce

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is set to become reality after it received Royal Assent on 25 June 2020 as the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. So if you are considering divorce, what are the benefits for you and is it worth waiting for the new law to come into effect? Why did the…

How will social distancing affect the Family Court?

While lockdown is starting to ease it is becoming clear that the need for social distancing will continue for many months to come.  With this in mind, Victoria Cobham looks at a recent report ‘The Road Ahead’ by the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, setting out how the Family Court in England…

Introducing the new Flexible Furlough Scheme

  On Friday 12 June 2020, several of the government guidance documents were updated to provide further detail on part-furlough. Sean McDonough sets out a checklist of the key points employers need to know about the changes that take effect from the 1 July. As businesses start to re-open and restrictions continue to ease from…

Has lockdown got you thinking divorce?

  We are all spending a lot more at time at home with our family and while many are enjoying this time, for some lockdown has highlighted incompatibilities that have them contemplating divorce. While the last few months are definitely unprecedented and would put even the most solid relationship under pressure, if you don’t think…

How will the new Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill help companies avoid insolvency?

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the CIGB) published on 20 May 2020 will bring in the biggest reforms to the UK’s restructuring and insolvency regime since 2002. The CIGB has been introduced on an emergency basis to form the centre piece of the Government’s Coronavirus business legislative strategy in an attempt to prevent the tsunami…

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) Explained

On the 29 of May The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced more details of the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), including bring forward by one month the option to bring furloughed employees back part time. With so much information coming out from the Government at the moment, Employment Partner, Sean McDonough highlights the…

What is Contentious Probate?

  The scope of disputes under the banner of Contentious Probate is endless and in recent years there has been a significant increase in cases. Essentially, Contentious Probate is where there is a disagreement after someone has passed away about the distribution of their estate. Disputes Partner, Luke Watson discusses some examples of typical disputes:…

What can I do to secure the future of my business after lockdown?

Following the Government’s announcement of its exit from lockdown plan and the subsequent easing of restrictions, now is the time for businesses to focus on what their business will look like post Covid-10. Corporate Commercial Partner, Tom Webb discusses some of the key areas that businesses could be looking at in order to prepare themselves…

Placing a loved one in a care home during Covid-19

In these uncertain times many people are understandably worried about elderly or vulnerable relatives currently in care homes and keeping them safe. For this reason, many care homes recommend that family members don’t visit and instead keep in touch with loved ones via phone or video calls. But what should family members do if they…

Buying & Selling businesses post Covid-19

After a period of record M&A activity over the past decade, business engaged in M&A activity now face unprecedented disruption. Some acquisitions are still being completed in sectors unaffected, or at least less affected, by the pandemic but the majority have been either been placed on hold whilst the full extent of the pandemic fallout…