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Stamp Duty Holiday Extended!

On 03 March 2021 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget that the current Stamp Duty holiday has been extended. The extension will last until 30 June 2021 for residential properties up to £500,000 and then to 30 September 2021 for residential...

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Uber Drivers are Ruled as Workers

The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber, the taxi app company, must classify its drivers as workers rather than as self-employed. What does the ruling mean? The implication of the ruling is that thousands of Uber drivers will now be entitled to worker’s employment...

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No Fault Divorce

You may well be familiar with the term “no fault divorce” from hearing it referred to in American shows or films. It is yet to exist in the UK but that is set to change. Current Reasons Currently, there are five reasons (known as “facts”) that are accepted as grounds...

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Family Emergencies Over Christmas

Just because we are closed for the Christmas period, it does not mean that we cannot help should an urgent family issue arise where social services are involved. We have an emergency contact number for the Christmas period, where a member of our Care Team will...

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Christmas Opening Hours

Please note our office will be closed for the Christmas period from 5.30pm on Wednesday 23rd December and will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 4th January 2021.  Our last day for Completions is Friday 18th December.    We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas from...

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Office Visits – Information for Clients

As restrictions are lifted, we have been doing all that we can to ensure that our offices are a safe place, not only for our staff, but for you our clients.  Now, more than ever, providing a quality service to you also means providing a safe place for you to meet...

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Settlement Agreements

It is a sad fact of life, at the present time, that many jobs are at risk of redundancy. Many firms ask those whose role has been made redundant to sign a Settlement Agreement. This is very common. The purpose of such an agreement is to set out clearly, in one...

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Moving Home Restrictions Lifted!

As lock down is eased, the government has stated that it is now possible for estate agents to open, for house viewings to be carried out safely and for removal firms and conveyancers to restart operations. The residential property team at Silks has continued to...

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Where there’s a will, we Brits will find a way…..

Reading through recent media articles from the Daily Mail to the New York Times, the Money Observer to the Sunday Express, it seems we Brits have got the bug now that the bug has got to us. Enquiries have hugely increased in making wills and lasting powers of attorney...

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Help is at hand with employment issues

At this point in time most business owners are not thinking about the normal management issues. Most are thinking about ways to survive this period and to come out of the current situation with a sustainable business at all. We understand those worries. We do not...

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Domestic Abuse During COVID-19

For victims of domestic abuse, the consequences of Covid-19 and the government policy of directing mass self-isolation, is likely to result in a greater sense of fear and anxiety, especially if you face being isolated at home with an abuser. Domestic abuse includes...

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Child Arrangements During Lockdown Measures

It is understandable that separated parents who have a Child Arrangements Order in place from the Family Courts, are currently concerned about how to implement the terms of the Court Order safely. On March 23rd 2020, the UK government announced nationwide policies for...

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