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Neither Better Nor Worse - How TUPE Protects When Employees Transfer

Inbar Rabinovitz
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The directors of a property management company ran into a brick wall when they tried to boost their own benefits package before transferring to a new employer under the TUPE regulations.  TUPE – which stands for the Transfer of...

Companies need to get it right to protect against competition

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Companies looking to protect their business by relying on non-compete clauses for key employees should check that any post-termination restrictions are reasonable. When an employee leaves and there is a threat of commercially sensitive information about...

Am I entitled to my partner's pension on divorce?

Filomena  Sterkaj
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Many of my clients, regardless of gender, do not actually know that a pension is classified as a matrimonial asset on divorce. Therefore, simply put, yes you are entitled to a portion of your spouse's pension. It was interesting to note that data from...

Pubs are opening... Now what?

Gemma Lee
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This week, the Prime Minister announced that Pubs and Restaurants could reopen from 4th July. The appropriate guidance is still to be published and a further blog will follow. However, one of the issues raised was that the business needed to take...

What If My Employer Broke The Furlough Rules?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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It has been found that the system of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) which was meant to support businesses during these difficult times has been very open to abuse by employers and businesses. A survey found that more than a third of the...

HMRC Will Have More Powers to Reclaim Falsely Claimed Furlough Payments

Inbar Rabinovitz
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It has now been announced that, next week Chancellor Rishi Sunak will add new legislation to allow HMRC greater powers to go after those that disobeyed the rules of the Scheme - namely those that forced staff to continue working, even just in part, whilst...

Support Bubbles and Family Law

Sally Ward
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Restrictions continue to be eased as the UK gets further past the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people in England are now be able to form a "support bubble, but what does this mean for Family Law? Unmarried couples and the "support...

Bentley is cutting a QUARTER of its UK Workforce: But was it announced before employees were told?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Last week, Joel Hills of ITV tweeted that Bentley Motors were planning to lay off up to 1,000 employees and that the company will make the "Announcement tomorrow". Very soon after, Hills was inundated with questions about the source of his...

Can Employees Be Dismissed Over Zoom?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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With remote working now becoming the norm, most of our work meetings and conversations have become this strange mix of faces on our computer screens. This is as close as we can get to the formality of having face to face meetings during the current...

Tiger King Star Carol Baskin is Accused of Forgery

Stephanie Thompson
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"Hey all you cool cats and kittens"  Carol Baskin from Big Cat Rescue who appears on the popular Netflix Series 'Tiger King' has been accused of forging her missing husband's Will, according to the Sheriff investigating his...

Dealing With A Hacked Facebook Account

Michael Callaghan
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What are your options when your Facebook account gets hacked? If a third party gets hold of a Facebook account held by individual or company, whether for innocent purposes or not, there are certain steps that need to be taken quickly to recover control of...

Remote Court Hearings: "Horribly Cruel" or More Efficient?

Sally Ward
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Since the covid-19 pandemic broke earlier this year, the number of virtual hearings held in England and Wales has increased five-fold. Some family law practitioners are saying video and phone calls are not suitable for some sensitive cases. Charitable...

The Importance of Employees' Trust in People's Processes and Functions

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Recent research conducted by Zenbusiness showed that more than half of employees do not have faith in the people function of the business which can have a detrimental effect on morale and productivity across the board. Here at Gepps, we always encourage our...

Gordon Ramsay in the midst of Furlough Questions

Inbar Rabinovitz
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By now, we are all aware of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") and what it means for businesses and employees. Last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, confirmed that whilst the Furlough Scheme will be extended until October...

Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS")

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week that the CJRS has been extended until 31 October 2020 but has advised that there will be some changes to the way the scheme currently works as he will be looking for more of the responsibility to shift back to...

The Tax Increases That Could Pay For The Coronavirus Crisis

Marc Dorsett
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As you will be aware, unless you've been living in a cockerel's boot, we are in the middle of a crisis. It's a crisis with many faces, each having an impact on the other. The health crisis means lockdown and restrictions on movement which in...

Furlough Scheme EXTENDED: But The Penalties For Abusing It Are Still Very Real

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Employers will be aware that the government has announced the extension of the furlough scheme for a further four months. This means that it is now extended to October and Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that its purpose is to continue to pay employees...

A Day In The Life Of A Private Client Paralegal During Lockdown

Clare Nichols
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It's fair to say that there have been a huge number of changes over the past couple of months, which have led to a need to rapidly adapt and ensure that things continue to function in many areas of our lives. The same can definitely be said for how I...

Courts - No Going Back To Pre-Covid Ways

Peter Butterfield
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In a virtual appearance before the House of Lords constitution committee last week, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, told peers that the courts system will never again operate as it did before the coronavirus. He told the committee that...

Coronavirus and Police Powers: An Update

Gemma Lee
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Previously, we wrote about  Police Powers when the Country was first put into Lockdown and the legislation that soon followed regarding Police and the Court's powers during Covid 19. The College of Policing issued guidance to the Police Force in...

Getting Ready For When The Office Lights Go Back On...

Charlotte Strutt
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Office spaces with communal areas and shared facilities will be in the frontline when the next stage of lockdown is lifted, and staff return to the workplace.  Managing the return and preparing the building for what is being called the ‘new...

Delayed, But Not Cancelled: Company Responsibilities During Lockdown

Alexandra Dean
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Company directors will be focused on the bottom line and corporate governance as they continue to navigate their way through the pandemic lockdown and the Government’s route map towards business as usual.  Many will be worried at the risk of...

The Property Market Resumes

Bakshi Dhanda
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Today brings some positive news for the housing market. Government guidance has given the green light for property viewings in person and visits to Estate Agents for both sales and rentals so long as social distancing is still observed. With the government...

Employment Tribunal decides - telling a woman she "has balls" is not sexist

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Recently, the Employment Tribunal at London Central determined that the Claimant, Rachel Power, was not discriminated against or victimised by the CEO of Secure Code Warrior Ltd of Northampton despite telling her that she "has balls". In 2018, Ms...

Why are we losing motivation during lockdown, and what can we do about it?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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It seems that many people are losing motivation as some of us are entering into weeks 6 and 7 of remote working. The novelty may have started to wear off and our excitement at the prospect of cutting the commute short has long since dwindled. The question...

A very busy week but oh so rewarding...

Georgia Bolton
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A very busy week but oh so rewarding…  Our Private Client Team have been very busy dealing with Will and Lasting Power of Attorney  enquiries all of last week. Both myself and Spencer have...

Vicarious Liability Landscape Has Some Further Guidance

Inbar Rabinovitz
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A recent Supreme Court decision in the case of Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants held that the bank was not vicariously liable for the acts of an independent, self-employed doctor that was contracted to undertake the medical...

VE Day 2020

Roger Brice
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The Chelmsford City VE Day 75 willow tanks make a striking display and remind us of the sacrifice of the Armed Forces and population of the United Kingdom during World War 2. Unlike today, the Army, Navy and Air Force at the end of the War were...

Chelmsford Tank Display for VE Day 2020

Roger Brice
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The trouble with lockdown is that those of us whose roles do not require us to travel in to the centre of Chelmsford are missing a most amazing sight. On the roundabout by the multi-storey car park by Parkway a unique celebration of VE Day 75 is...

Some Things to Consider before Abusing the Furlough Scheme...

Inbar Rabinovitz
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There are been some reports that there are companies that are abusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") in that they are requiring their employees to work despite placing them on furlough and claiming their wages from the G overnment. ...

Preparing and Creating Chelmsford's 2020 VE Day Tank Display

Roger Brice
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Chelmsford City Council's Parks & Green Spaces Manager, Paul Van Damme has been in touch to tell us more about The Multi-Story Roundabout - VE Day 75 display. The tank display is part of the normal bedding displays and consists of two tanks made out...

British Airways Announces up to 12,000 jobs 'AT RISK' of Redundancy

Inbar Rabinovitz
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British Airways Announces up to 12,000 jobs 'AT RISK' of redundancy British Airways is yet another company that has become adversely affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. The airline has announced this week that it would have to make up to...

Coronavirus Regulations are only the tip of the iceberg affecting your everyday life!

Peter Butterfield
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Since the Prime Minister addressed the nation on 23rd March and put our country into effective lockdown, the Coronavirus regulations have become a hot topic. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) [or Scotland, Northern Ireland and...

Care Homes Clearly at the 'Front Line'

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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It has become increasingly clear over the last few weeks and even more so the last few days that care homes and their residents have been severely hit by Coronavirus. It certainly seems on the face of it that they have been the poor cousin in relation to...

Employees could be urged to support UK farmers during furlough

Inbar Rabinovitz
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It has been noted by George Eustice, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, that Furloughed employees could be encouraged to fill the labour shortage that the farmers are encountering. It appears that due to the pandemic, only...

Will the Hospitality Trade Die because of Covid-19?

Gemma Lee
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The Media is saturated with Articles about the virus and its impact upon, our jobs, our businesses and the economy. With no future dates to work towards for an end to this Pandemic, life is becoming increasingly bleak for some and maintaining a livelihood...

The Coronavirus Act 2020: Commercial Tenancies - Forfeiture, Possession Proceedings and other remedies for non-payment of sums due

Susan Le-Sage
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It goes without saying that the economic consequences of the current coronavirus pandemic mean that many commercial tenants will be unwilling or unable to pay rent. They may also be unwilling or unable to pay other sums due pursuant to the terms of any...

Coronavirus: Those ignoring child Court Orders could end up facing legal action

Filomena  Sterkaj
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I have had several enquiries regarding contact since the lockdown guidance was introduced. Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, caused confusion among families when England announced its lockdown. When he appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain, he said...

It's True, We All Miss The Office

Inbar Rabinovitz
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With the current lockdown in the UK, we are seeing a lot of employees working from home. The influx in this flexible working has proven invaluable in showing businesses and employees alike that remote working and flexible working is a possibility. We...

Motorists Are Still Speeding Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Peter Butterfield
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  I blogged over two weeks ago now about concerns that some police forces had about motorists using quieter roads during the coronavirus to flout motoring laws, especially speeding.   A BBC report appears to bear this out. It reports of...

Prosecution of Breaches of the Coronavirus Regulations

Peter Butterfield
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The coronavirus epidemic and the Prime Minister's address to the nation on Monday 23rd March caused us all to be placed into a form of lockdown. It also meant that the snappily titled Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations...

Tenants Without Income and Landlords Without Rent: What Are The Options?

Susan Le-Sage
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The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on residential tenants and landlords cannot be underestimated. Many tenants have lost some or all of their usual income, as a consequence of which they are no longer able to pay their rent. This is having a...

Landlords Must Comply With Latest Energy Standards

Michael Callaghan
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Landlords of residential property could face high fines if they do not meet the latest energy efficiency standards. On 1st April 2020, the latest stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards was implemented, making it unlawful for landlords to continue...

Working Options During Furlough Period

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Many employees have now faced the reality of being placed on furlough by their employers under the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") and a vast majority have been looking for options to fill their time and also top up their...

Balancing Effective Remote working And a Busy Home Life

Filomena  Sterkaj
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Cafcass has shared a very helpful guide for working at home whilst your children are around. The guide provides practical tips on how to remain productive and calm while working from home with children. It also offers useful links to a variety of online...

Coronavirus: Care Homes Pleading for PPE and Testing

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Anyone who has had contact with the residential care sector will know that dealing with vulnerable and elderly residents is an extremely challenging and often stressful task. Balancing care and support of these residents whilst complying with vigorous and...

More employees will now benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Inbar Rabinovitz
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More employees will now benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The Government continues to update the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") as things continue to unfold nationwide. The CJRS currently supports businesses and...

Nursing and Midwifery Council statement on Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic

Peter Butterfield
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Nursing and Midwifery Council statement on Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic We are experiencing extremely difficult times currently with the pandemic showing little sign of leaving these shores any time soon. And those at the sharp...

High Court Rules That Administrators Can Place Employees on Furlough

Inbar Rabinovitz
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The High Court has held that administrators can furlough employees and pay them under the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). On 16 March 2020, Carluccio's restaurant chain has closed its doors in line with the Government's...

What do your Terms and Conditions say about your business?

Alexandra Dean
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What do your Terms and Conditions say about your business? Unfortunately, the current climate has proven that many companies do not have terms and conditions that completely protect them and / or the business needs and that has caused some difficulties all...

Farewell 2019/20 CGT Reporting...

Marc Dorsett
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Farewell 2019/20 CGT reporting, welcome 2020/21 new CGT reporting..! Last tax year ended with a bit of a downer and the start of this one isn't looking much better in the short term. It's probably going to sort itself out in the next few...

The Government's Plan To Save Jobs Will Cost £40bn

Inbar Rabinovitz
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The Government's Plan to save jobs will likely cost up to £40 billion. The announced Job Retention Scheme has been a welcome reprieve to many employers and employees as many have been able to avoid redundancies in their midst as they place a...

Care Quality Commission Suspend Inspections Amid Coronavirus

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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As from the 16th March 2020 the CQC has suspended all inspections which cover care homes and NHS hospitals with immediate effect.  CQC had been under significant pressure from a number of directions including the Royal Colleges and the NHS...

25% Spike In Abuse Inquiries Since Lockdown

Filomena  Sterkaj
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One in ten London crimes involves domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline has recorded a 25% jump in abuse inquiries since lockdown. There have been fears that domestic violence would increase due to the nationwide lockdown as victims of...

Coronavirus and Possession Proceedings - A Brief Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Susan Le-Sage
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On 25th March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 ("the Act") came into force and implemented a wide range of measures to protect Tenants affected by the current coronavirus pandemic. The most pertinent points of the legislation can be found in Section...

Stranger Times Call For "Stranger Things"

Gregory John
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The current national lockdown does not appear to be ending anytime soon, as we continue to seek to protect the many heroes currently serving in the NHS. For those of you reading this in the NHS or classed as a key worker, please do check out our 50% off...

Key Worker FAQ: "Why Do I Need A Will or LPA?"

Lisa Carter
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We know that contacting a Solicitor about having a will is not an impulse buy. If we asked you for a list of the things that you need as a Key Worker you might come up with a list like this:  Hand sanitiser, facemask, bottled water, antiseptic wipes,...

Priority Court Matters: "What Will Happen To My Police Matter Now Courts Are Restricted?"

Gemma Lee
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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being given advice as to how to keep the Court Service running during the effects of Covid 19. The worry being, that unnecessary Prosecutions at this time may overload a restricted Court. ' Lower Priority '...

Coronavirus Regulations

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The police are enforcing the new Coronavirus regulations which came into force on the 26th March 2020 which relate to helping ensure that people stay and home and avoid non-essential travel.  The police can instruct them to go home and potentially...

Self-Certification for Self-Isolation

Inbar Rabinovitz
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The current pandemic has, inevitably, put a lot of pressure on GP surgeries but, at the same time, has brought along quite a few changes in the systems that we have all come to know for sickness and absence process in the workplace. To date, employees have...

Speeding On Quieter Roads: Don't Do It

Peter Butterfield
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The coronavirus epidemic and the consequent lighter traffic is leading to some motorists exploiting quieter roads by driving at “highly excessive speeds” according to a recent report from the RAC. North Yorkshire Police has warned of an emerging...

Business Closure Enforcement

Gemma Lee
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Social Media has become full of posts about Covid 19. Some show human kindness and make light of a particularly low and strange time for the Economy. Other posts start a social war of opinion. One of the common themes is the implementations of the...

7 Things I've Learned About Myself This Week

Marc Dorsett
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I usually work from home one day a week so I thought the enforced home working would be a doddle.... However, after a few consecutive days of working where I live I have discovered a few things about myself I wasn't completely aware of before. I drink...

Payments During The Pandemic

Charlotte Strutt
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During this unprecedented time, the Commercial Property team at Gepp Solicitors has been receiving numerous enquiries from both Landlords and Tenants needing urgent advice as to how the situation with COVID-19 affects them. As we are all aware, the current...

Dog To Be Destroyed After Four Year Old Is Injured

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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In December 2019 a couple were prosecuted for a case involving owning a dog dangerously out of control which caused injury under the Dangerous Dogs Act s3 (1) where a four-year-old boy was injured.  Guilty pleas were entered by both owners and they...

Pregnancy, Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Working from Home

Inbar Rabinovitz
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There is a lot of uncertainty at this time around the workplace and pregnant women have been concluded to fall within the High Risk category group which means that most employers have asked their pregnant employees to work from home for at least the next 12...

Police Powers During Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

Gemma Lee
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The College of Policing has issued guidance to the Police Force in order to respond to Covid 19. The guidance splits the regulations into (1)Individuals, affecting movement and gatherings and (2) Premises and Business These powers relate to England and...

MOT's Extended By 6 Months

Gemma Lee
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Vehicles due an MOT test on or after 30 March will automatically be granted six-month extensions in order to limit visits to testing centres during the coronavirus epidemic, the Department of Transport (DfT) has announced. The Government have published...

Help For The Self-Employed

Marc Dorsett
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Further help to the self-employed, if you qualify... The Government has announced a raft of measures in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The latest announcement, depending on when you read this, relates to help for the self-employed. The package only...

Disney+ Offers Both An Escape - But Also A Slice Of Reality

Gregory John
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As a Private Client solicitor, writing any type of blog or update is not always an easy task at the best of times, with our subject matter not always top of people's priority list. In this current national climate we all face, this task is not any...

Update For Tax Due 31 July 2020

Marc Dorsett
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Further to my blog on 24th March , HMRC have now confirmed that the deferral of the payment on account due by 31st July 2020 can be deferred by everyone. There is no longer the stipulation that you had to be self-employed so will apply to individuals,...

How Will The Coronavirus Affect Our Child Arrangements?

Filomena  Sterkaj
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The country is in the middle of a Public Health crisis on an unprecedented scale. Parental responsibility for a child who is the subject of a Child Arrangements Order made by the Family Court rests with the child’s parents and not with the...

Can I Still Work During The Lockdown?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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On Monday 23 March 2020, the Government has announced that we should all stay at home at all times except for going to medical appointments, buying supplies, undertaking one form of exercise per day, or those that have to travel to and from work, if...

Countdown To Contract Changes For Employers

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Employers are on countdown for new requirements on employment contracts.  From April, the statutory requirements around statements of particulars are changing and being extended to include all workers, not just employees.  It means that anyone...

The Pick of the Crop...

Edward Worthy
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A farmer in Suffolk has been overwhelmed with the response to his ‘cries for help’ following the recent decline in cross border migrant workers.   Woodbridge farmer Bruce Kerr told the BBC that put out a call for help to pick his asparagus...

Flocked Off The Back Of a Lorry...

Edward Worthy
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Police in North Yorkshire have seized a vehicle containing 70 sheep. 67 sheep and 3 rams to be precise. They were believed to have been stolen from the Northamptonshire or Lincolnshire area.   According to the NFU Mutual, livestock rustling has...

The Virus and Tax Deferrals

Marc Dorsett
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The World is currently going through a difficult period at the moment, to put it very mildly. As at the time of writing, the majority of the Country is on lockdown and who knows what the daily Government broadcast will bring today. A couple of the measures...

Gepps Quiz Answers

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Have you seen our quiz on social media? Gepp Solicitors have been open for business since 1768 and will continue to help individuals and businesses with all their legal requirements for generations to come. During the coming months, we will be working...

Pub Takeaway's During Coronavirus: The Legal Side

Gemma Lee
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Now that Pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs are now closed under Government advice many have faced the dilemma of offering a takeaway service. On 17th March the Government granted authority for pubs and restaurants to operate as a hot food takeaway during...

Recent 20mph Speed Limit Changes for Central London

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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New 20mph speed limits now apply to more roads in Central London. The reduced speed limit areas have been implemented alongside existing 20mph zones within Transport for London's (TfL) road network. The extra 9km of road, within the Congestion Charging...

Twelve Angry Men....

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The 1957 film ‘Twelve Angry Men’ tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In today’s courts, jurors are still made up of 12...

Coronavirus: Can I Cancel or Postpone AGMs and Other General Meetings

Jemma Bennett
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Can I cancel or Postpone AGMs and other general meetings The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 has already had a significant effect on business around the country and world. The government has now advised that further measures to reduce the rate and...

IR35 Changes: Postponed

Jemma Bennett
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IR35 Changes Postpostponed Initially, the changes were set to come into play on the 5th April 2020. Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the immense pressure businesses are currently under, the Government has announced that the extension of IR35 to...

The 2020 Budget: £30billion For Coronavirus

Natasha  Kendall
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The New chancellor promises to support individuals and business as country tackles coronavirus threat. Business rate cuts, cash grants for small enterprises and support for both employees and employers on sick pay were among the emergency announcements...

Will Pavement Parking Be Banned?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Pavement parking might be banned in England, the Department for Transport has stated. In London, the ban already exists. In the rest of England, only lorries are currently banned from parking on the pavement. The government want to open a consultation...

Legal Rights of an Unmarried Couple

Hollie Allcorn
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There is a common misconception that unmarried couples have the same protection as those who have legally tied the knot due to the "common law spouse" rules. However, this is not the case, as evidenced by last month's landmark ruling that...

The Icing On The Cake...

Spencer Davis
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A huge thank you to Chelmsford College students and Catering Manager Hilary. Pictured is Spencer Davis, presenting of a certificate of appreciation to Hilary Hicks Hospitality and Catering Manager at Chelmsford College. Hilary and her wonderful team of...

World Book Day: 'The Way We Worked'

Natasha  Kendall
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 " A thoroughly good read for anyone interested in Chemsford's history and development in the last 250 years, or who had ancestors who worked for the firm " - Essex Family Historian March 5th 2020- otherwise known as World Book Day. ...

William Shatner Finalises Divorce

Filomena  Sterkaj
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It has been reported that a financial settlement in divorce has been reached between William Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth.  In his seven decades of television, William Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the...

The Best of Both Worlds: Operational and Ceremonial

Spencer Davis
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On Thursday 27th February we were privileged to jointly sponsor a talk at the Essex Agricultural Society with Strutt & Parker by Lt Col (Retd) Giles Stibbe OBE, the Director of the Household Cavalry Foundation talk to us about the Household Cavalry...

How To Successfully Appeal Against A Dangerous Dog Destruction Order

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Sometimes, the normal dog loving owner can get caught in what is often a one off unfortunate scenario. The ' Dangerous Dog Act 1991 ' was introduced to deal with essentially a narrow area of, for example, dogs being used as...

Should a Car Wash be Licensed?

Gemma Lee
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Licensing is a vast subject, and one that most only associate with the sale of alcohol or gambling. Most of us pay a visit to the local car wash each week to have our cars cleaned; businesses provide a conveyer belt service of immaculately washed cars...

Weatherspoons Introduce A Two Drink Limit On Those With Children

Gemma Lee
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Parents were being told that if they visited a JD Wetherspoon pub with children they were restricted to two alcoholic drinks only. JD Wetherspoon who have 683 pubs across the UK said the policy was to limit the amount of time children were on the premises....

Multiple Dwellings Relief: Time To Get Your Skates On...

Marc Dorsett
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It has now been confirmed that any late claim for Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) cannot be made by claiming overpayment relief. Often MDR is overlooked by a purchaser as the rules are complex and this leads to claims not being made at the point of...

CGT Payment Is Changing: What You Need To Know

Marc Dorsett
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Capital Gains Tax payment for UK property sales is changing. The deadlines for paying Capital Gains Tax after selling a residential property are changing in April. From 6th April 2020, if you’re a UK resident and sell a residential property in...

Employee Social Media Posts: Are They Really Private?

Peter Butterfield
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A recent decision of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service highlights the need for professionals regulated by a supervisory body to take great care when posting on their private social media accounts. The Tribunal Service is the fitness to...

Bitcoin Ruled As Property

Natasha  Kendall
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 “I consider that cryptoassets such as Bitcoin are property“, Bryan J concludes in his judgment in  AA v Persons Unknown . Cryptocurrency growth has seen both investors and fraudsters attracted to the blockchain technology, but...

DIY Divorce: What Does It Really Mean?

Filomena  Sterkaj
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What you need to know about 'DIY Divorce' from our Family Law solicitor Filomena Sterkaj... There are many misconceptions about online divorce. I am often asked by clients whether a Solicitor is mandatory in their case or, can they just...

IR35 Changes 2020: Is Your Business Ready?

Jemma Bennett
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From 5 April 2020, the IR35 regime currently applicable to public authorities will be extended to all medium and large private sector entities. A review will be undertaken in February to gather evidence from affected individuals and businesses in order to...

Christmas Choir Success

Spencer Davis
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Last week, we were delighted to present a cheque to the Columbus School and College with funds raised by our Christmas choir. Just before Christmas the Gepps Choir, singing in collaboration with the students from this wonderful Special Educational Needs...