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Video witnessed Wills to be made legal

30 Jul 2020

The government is introducing temporary legislation in September to allow the witnessing of Wills in England and Wales by video conferencing software such as Facetime, Zoom and Skype. Any Will witnessed by video technology will be valid, on the proviso that the quality of the sound and video was…

Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Cycling Accident Compensation

28 Jul 2020

Cycling weekly recently reported that 1.3 million Brits had bought a bike during lockdown as people sought to take advantage of the exercise freedom allowed during the pandemic, following the governments advice to avoid public transport. As a result, there are many more cyclists on the road. Sales…

Personal Injury

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Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday

13 Jul 2020

The government has announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. Anyone completing on a main residence costing up to £500,000 between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021 will not pay any stamp duty, and more expensive…

Residential Conveyancing

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No-fault divorce to start in autumn 2021

01 Jul 2020

The end is now very much in sight for those who have been calling for reform to our fault-based divorce process. On 25 June 2020, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received Royal Assent. Resolution have been campaigning for a modernisation to the law of divorce for decades and their…

Family/Divorce

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Pedestrian and Cycle accidents and the effects of Covid-19

19 Jun 2020

The Covid restrictions have encouraged us to get out on our bicycles and walk. Cycle shops are reporting a significant increase in new purchases and the good weather has shown a significant increase in cycle and pedestrian traffic. During the initial days of lockdown, there were very few cars on…

Personal Injury

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How is COVID-19 going to affect the value of your claim?

18 Jun 2020

General damages (injury award) This is unlikely to be affected. General damages are assessed in line with the Judicial Studies Board guidelines and on past case law. Loss of Earnings If there is going to be an economic downturn it could affect the sector in which the Claimant was working…

Clinical Negligence

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Update: Doctors Challenging the Government Over PPE

16 Jun 2020

Further to our previous article " Doctors Challenge the Government Over PPE ", the doctors have now issued a High Court Challenge against the Government. The Telegraph reports that the claim for judicial review has been lodged with the Court by the Doctors' Association UK, Hourglass (a…

Clinical Negligence

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Covid-19 and the NHS: Is it Business as Usual or Unusual?

15 Jun 2020

As lockdown begins to ease, more businesses are starting to open up in a bid to get back to 'normal' (or the new normal) but what does this mean for the NHS getting back to 'normal'? During the pandemic, the NHS understandably closed many services to protect both patients and staff…

Clinical Negligence

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Surge in Divorce - Post Lockdown?

09 Jun 2020

Quite a few Family Lawyers have recently been predicting that once the lockdown starts to ease that there will be a surge in applications for divorce. Certainly I believe that this is going to be the case. A lot of people have put their own relationship difficulties on hold, particularly given the…

Family/Divorce

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