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Wills witnessed over video link to be legal

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The Government is bringing in legislation that will allow individuals to have their Wills witnessed via video links. The legislation will apply to Wills made since 31 January 2020, the date of the first registered Covid-19 case in England and Wales.

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The tale of Covid-19, the Statutory Residence Test and “Exceptional Circumstances”

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Travel in coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused great uncertainty for many clients, including those who have found themselves stuck in a jurisdiction, unable to leave on the date they intended. It has triggered particular concern for non-UK resident individuals whose tax status may be impacted by a longer stay in the UK.

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Change a Cometh: the modernisation of the Lasting Power of Attorney process

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Lasting Power of Attorney

The Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) ramps up its effort to modernise and digitalise its service.

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What employers need to know before shielders can return to work on 1 August

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As lockdown eases, the government has announced that from 1 August shielding guidance in England will be paused (although this will continue in Wales until at least 16 August). Gemma Ospedale explains the key information employers need to consider.

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Landlords: new changes to affect your possession claims

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Buy-to-let property

Landlords have been able to make new possession claims during the lockdown but there has been a stay on the Court issuing new and progressing existing proceedings until 23 August 2020. Urgent changes have now been made by the Government dealing with how claims will be managed by the Court. Court Practice Direction 55C has been introduced and comes into force on the 23 August 2020. These temporary provisions will be in effect until 28 March 2021

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Domestic abuse and coronavirus – the impact of lockdown on victims

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Domestic abuse victim

Zoe Robinson explains the impact of lockdown on the prevalence of domestic violence in the UK, and details some of the support available for victims.

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Is a maternal vaccine to stop GBS close to becoming a reality?

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As Group B Strep Support Awareness Month nears its final week, Abigail Ringer shares some of the recent advances in finding a vaccine against Group B Strep.

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Can sickness absence be used as a redundancy selection criterion?

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While care must be taken when using sickness as a redundancy selection criterion, press reports suggesting that this is unlawful are overstated.

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Brexit – the implications for enforcing foreign judgments in the UK

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Brexit chess concept

For the next few months, whilst the Brexit transition period still remains in force, the Recast Brussels Regulation [Regulation (EU) 1215/2012] continues to have effect in the UK.

Jack Pestill, Associate in our Dispute Resolution team, explains why this is important.

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Covid-19: Pre-nuptial agreements and the postponement of weddings

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As well as the disruption it has caused to businesses, the economy and every day life for many around the globe, one of the other impacts of Covid-19 has been the postponement or cancellation of weddings.

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Bat boxes and boreholes – how a wildlife survey blocked a housing development

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In a case keenly watched by the agricultural sector, a planned housing development on a farm in south Wales may not be able to proceed due to the developer being unable to undertake wildlife surveys. A ruling that has significant implications for both landowners and agricultural tenants.

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Protecting buyers’ value in M&A: Part 2 – Indemnity claims

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Mergers and acquisitions

In the second article in a series on protecting buyers’ value in M&A deals, partner James Worrall in our Corporate team discusses indemnities – how they differ from warranties, when they are used and what function they have in a share purchase agreement.

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