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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…

Has lockdown forced you to separate again?

Exiting a relationship is always tricky and takes us through a journey of bereavement whether we are the one that is leaving or the one who is being left. The process of bereavement requires us to enter into various stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. For many couples this year who having made…

Watch Maeve England & Tom Webb in the latest Bath Life Business Surgery: The way ahead in the new world

Lockdown has given many business owners the opportunity to plan their futures but also created a number of challenges which need to be resolved. Maeve and Tom cover everything from short-term contract issues to lease re-negotiations to longer-term planning including getting everything in order to prepare a business for exit.   If you are thinking…

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…

Why are Lasting Powers of Attorney so important?

The last few months have left many of us feeling uncertain about our future. The emergence and rapid escalation of COVID-19 has, amongst other things, made us all rethink the precautions we have in place to protect our assets. A Lasting Powers of Attorney is a precaution you can put in place right now that…

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:…