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Biden’s proposed personal tax plan explained

Democrats will now control the House and Senate for at least the next two years and, as a result, President Biden will likely be able to bring more of his tax agenda to fruition. Unlike some of his opponents in the Democratic primaries, Biden has not pushed for a “wealth tax” but he is nonetheless […]

The Inheritance Act (1975): What is it, and can you make a claim?

The Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975 can be a lifeline for those who have been overlooked when it comes to inheritance. Unlike some jurisdictions, under the law of England and Wales, a testator has complete autonomy to decide who is to inherit from their estate. A testator could therefore choose to exclude […]

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance & updates

Employment lawyers Matthew Clayton and Jenny Hawrot summarise the latest developments on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to emerge. Thursday 18 March 2021 From 1 April 2021, clinically vulnerable people in England, who have been shielding, will no longer have to. The Department of Health and Social Care will be sending out letters in the next […]

Land Registry’s proposed Safe Harbour scheme

Some aspects of the conveyancing process can seem archaic, but the Land Registry has suggested a way to revolutionise one aspect – identity checks. Prior to COVID-19, we routinely invited clients into the office at the outset of the transaction to provide their IDs. More recently, we have had to find digital solutions. The Land […]

Residential possession claim delays: an end in sight?

Private residential landlords have faced a tough couple of years with changes to the tax regime, increasing obligations, issues with recovery of unpaid rent and recently the outright ban on possession proceedings. Considering that for many people their residential buy-to-let properties provide much-needed ancillary income, their primary income or a large proportion of their investment […]

COVID-19: a commercial property update for landlords & tenants

As you will be aware from some of our previous updates, a number of measures have been put in place to give businesses the breathing space and tools they need to maximise their chance of survival throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who own or occupy commercial property, the key measures include: a […]

Discrimination: The latest developments in employment law

A recent case has highlighted how important it is for employers to regularly refresh their staff equality and diversity training. In Allay v Gehlen, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) had to decide what counted as “reasonable steps” towards preventing harassment in the workplace. The employee claimed he had been harassed as a result of multiple […]

The rise of the management buyout

Despite the chief economist of the Bank of England’s reassurances that the post-COVID economy is “poised like a coiled spring”, current market conditions are undoubtedly making traditional mergers and acquisitions (M&A) more difficult. Some potential purchasers are taking a more conservative approach to expansion given the prevailing economic conditions, with their primary focus being on […]

Legal perspectives on the Budget 2021

In the Chancellor’s first Budget speech last year, made as COVID-19 started to take hold in the UK, Rishi Sunak promised to do “whatever it takes to support the economy”. As his second Budget is laid out, the focus today is not only on surviving through the remainder of the crisis, but also how the […]

No jab, no job: Can employers require workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 has created many challenges for employers. Between the sudden need to accommodate homeworking and the introduction of furlough, most employers have had to make changes to their working practices. Thanks to the new vaccines, it looks as though there is now light at the end of the tunnel, even if it’s not entirely clear […]

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