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Significant surge in divorces

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to take its toll, many people are continuing to see a notable impact on their personal lives. Recent studies have found that the pandemic is creating enormous pressure on relationships, with an expected surge in divorces impending. In the first weekend of September, views on the Citizens Advice divorce page were up…

Understanding restrictive covenants and furlough leave

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many employees will be made redundant through no fault of their own.  A significant number of employees will also find that they have restrictive covenants in their contracts of employment that are likely to hinder their search for alternative employment in the immediate aftermath of their redundancy. …

Redundancy rockets in the UK

As the Coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on the workplace, British employers planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July as reported by BBC News. A huge 1,784 firms made plans to cut approximately 150,000 jobs in July, and 1,888 planned 156,000 cuts in June.  Worryingly, this may only be the tip of the…

Virtual will signings: witnessing over video

The coronavirus pandemic has led to huge changes across every industry, and the legal profession is no different. A new law has been brought in that means wills can now legally be witnessed over video. The Wills Act 1837 stipulates that wills must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. Clearly the coronavirus pandemic…

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Furloughed employees and redundancy payments: a new law

New legislation has been brought in to ensure the fair treatment of employees on furlough leave who are being made redundant. ‘Furlough leave’ was introduced into the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to prevent mass redundancies. However, some businesses will still need to make redundancies despite the use of the…

Self-isolation and Statutory Sick Pay: what are the rules?

Most people will have experienced a significant change to both their work and personal life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While some normality seems to be resuming, it is clear from the local lockdown measures and additions to the ‘travel quarantine list’ that regular changes to regulations are to be expected for quite…

Linder Myers’ Chester team takes to the sky for charity

On Sunday 19th July,  Solicitor Chelsey and paralegal Shannon from our Chester office faced their fears to tackle a much-anticipated skydive for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. In doing so they raised close to £2,000 and we really hope they can hit the big milestone. Well done to Chelsey and Shannon from everyone at Linder Myers! You can find…

Portsmouth Legal Specialists at Heart of Abuse Scandal

Our sister company, Verisona Law, is taking an increasingly high profile role at the centre of the most shocking child abuse scandal the UK has ever known. As the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, IICSA, carries out its long-awaited public hearings as part of an investigation into the running of children’s homes in London…

Cardinal enters administration

It has been announced today that Bradford-based interiors manufacturer and retail sector supplier, Cardinal Shopfitting and Systems Limited, has entered administration. Resulting in 135 of their 170 staff being made redundant, approximately half of which were furloughed.  If you have been affected and are now facing redundancy, it is vital that you understand your rights.…

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust face potential criminal charges relating to their maternity provision

The Shrewsbury and Telford Trust first made headlines in 2017, when an initial review focused on a cluster of 42 cases of deaths of mothers and babies in their maternity unit. However, West Mercia Police Force has now confirmed they are investigating whether criminal charges should be brought against the Trust, or certain individuals that…

Redundancies expected to surge as furlough scheme winds down

The president of the employment tribunals has said he’s anticipating an notable increase in redundancy-related dismissals as the UK’s furlough scheme winds down in the coming months. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was introduced to help support businesses and employees through the coronavirus pandemic, allowing employers to place employees on ‘furlough leave’. During this period…

Furlough leave and redundancy: employee’s rights

‘Furlough leave’ is a new concept to the United Kingdom, introduced through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Employers were encouraged to take advantage of this scheme as an alternative to making employees redundant. When furloughed, an employee does not complete work for their employer – but remains employed by them, while the employer claims 80%…

Covid-19: managing divorce during a pandemic

As the Covid 19 lockdown begins to slowly ease, the unfortunate reality is that not all marriages and relationships will be coming out the other side – with divorces sadly expected to rocket in the coming months. Some families may have enjoyed the ‘strange new reality’ of being together all day everyday. You’ve most likely…

Positive news for landlords experiencing trespassers during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. This change is effective from 18th April 2020 and clarifies that the stay of 90 days imposed from 27th…

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