Search results...

Furlough audits by HMRC and how to prepare

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was introduced to support employers during the pandemic by assisting with the payment of employees’ salaries. It was made clear from the outset that HMRC would be carrying out audits of claims under the Scheme. We are hearing reports that this process has started. HMRC...

Read more

Major changes in family law mean separating couples need more support

This year is set to be a year of major developments in divorce and family law with new laws currently pending and issues like coronavirus and Brexit causing a significant impact. We are urging people to seek professional help to navigate these new changes and avoid being caught out by...

Read more

COVID-19 – Can, or should, employers insist on employees being vaccinated?

As vaccinations become more widely available we are all faced with the decision of whether to take the coronavirus vaccination or not. The vaccine is a means of protecting the health and safety of staff because it could help make the workplace more secure and give employees, customers or clients...

Read more

Furlough audits by HMRC: How to prepare

The anniversary of the first national lockdown is coming up. Whilst this may not be much (if any) cause for celebration, it is a good time for employers to reflect on the events of last year, in particular the introduction of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) and any claims...

Read more

The impact of COVID-19 on hospitality and retail

Two sectors that have been significantly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic are hospitality and retail. The Office for National Statistics has published data showing the impact on the hospitality sector. In 2019, the hospitality sector represented 3% of the UK economy, contributing £59.3billion worth of revenue and employing £2.3million. As...

Read more

Unique challenges when conducting remote court hearings

The explosion in “remote” court hearings since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some “innocent mishaps” and “over-confidence” among participants. The vast majority of court proceedings have been conducted via video or phone conferencing since lockdown began last March. Sophie Kemp, solicitor and supervisor in our debt...

Read more

COVID-19 lockdown reduces road traffic accidents

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have just released figures demonstrating the impact that the COVID-19 lockdown has had on road traffic accidents and the serious injuries caused as a result. Intuitively it has been clear that with less people on the roads, that there will have been a lower...

Read more

Budget March 2021

On 3 March 2021, Rishi Sunak delivered what had been billed as “the most important business Budget in a generation”. Set against a backdrop of the Coronavirus and the economic issues it has created, the Chancellor delivered a Budget with several newsworthy tax changes (and some notable things which aren’t...

Read more

British Steel Pension Scheme transfers and the coronavirus crisis

Markets have fallen dramatically as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with UK shares losing over 30% of their value. Pension investors generally have diversified funds, so most won’t have seen their investments fall in value by quite that much. Even so, these are frightening times and a powerful reminder...

Read more

Recovering debts during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID pandemic has placed many businesses in the difficult position of needing to recover debt. However, obtaining a court judgment is only part of the process. When a judgment debt is not paid, taking steps to enforce payment from the debtor will often be necessary. A writ of control...

Read more