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  • New version of How to Rent guide

    The government has published a new version of How to Rent: the checklist for renting in…

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    Posted on 14 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Interesting Planning Decisions in 2020

    Overall planning had a quieter year in 2020 than the previous year in terms of applications and decisions granted.  However there have been some interesting planning…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Employing EU Nationals

    From 1 January 2021, anyone from outside the UK and Ireland, which now includes all EU nationals, requires a visa to work in the UK. If employers wish to sponsor an employee…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Wage Increases for 2021

    Employers should be aware that wage bills will increase in 2021, particularly for those that employ workers aged 23 - 25, as the National Living Wage qualifying age will be…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Eviction Notice Ban Extended

    We reported in December that the ban on evictions had been extended, preventing eviction notices from being served until 11 January 2021. When the current lockdown was…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Using Furlough to prioritise home school

    HM Revenue & Customs has updated its furlough guidance…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Self-isolation and Statutory Sick Pay

    The Self-isolation period has been reduced from 14 to ten days for anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, who has tested positive or lives in a household with someone who has tested…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Lockdown 3.0

    The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 aka Lockdown 3.0 Regulations came into force on 6 January…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) Claims - updates

    On 5 January 2021 the government updated their guidance on the Furlough scheme to clarify that parents who need to stay at home as they are currently required to look after…

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    Posted on 13 January, 2021 by Ortolan

  • Can a break notice be withdrawn?

    Break clauses are often found in leases, and give one or both parties the option to serve notice on the other to terminate the lease early.  Notice periods can be as long…

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    Posted on 11 December, 2020 by Ortolan

  • Reached a Settlement in the last 4 years? Beware of the VAT!

    HMRC has historically always taken the view that payments described as “compensation” or “damages” and paid by a customer for alleged losses attributable to a breach of…

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    Posted on 11 December, 2020 by Ortolan

  • Fairer, Faster, Greener – National Infrastructure Strategy

    On 25 November the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced his Spending Review and government published their long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy. “Our roads and our…

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    Posted on 11 December, 2020 by Ortolan

  • No eviction notices to be served until January in England

    The six-month ban on evictions came to an end on 30 September 2020. The position in the last two months had been that the lord chancellor had informally banned bailiffs from…

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    Posted on 11 December, 2020 by Ortolan

  • Gender Reassignment Discrimination

    The Birmingham Employment Tribunal in Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover Ltd was asked to decide at first instance whether a person needs to undergo (rather than merely intends to…

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    Posted on 11 December, 2020 by Ortolan

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) Claims - Updates

    Treasury Directive The legal framework which details how the CJRS will operate between 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021 was published by HM Treasury on 13 November…

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    Posted on 11 December, 2020 by Ortolan

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