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27/05/2020

Securing English Assets - what happens when a relative who lives abroad dies?

Lucy Cortis

Many people who have emigrated continue to retain assets which, in some cases can be substantial, within the UK. They may do so for a variety of reasons, however, this can often lead to difficulties following their death especially if they have only made a foreign Will (which also relates to their estate in England)... Read More


20/05/2020

COVID19 - Employer Support Package

Irina Polyakova

Eaton Smith's employment law experts have created a package of documents to assist employers through this unprecedented time. The package of 12 documents includes template policies and letters on matters such as:

  • a workplace risk assessment template
  • a furlough agreement template
  • a... Read More

14/05/2020

Getting ready for when the office lights go back on

Andrew Pedley

By Andrew Pedley, Commercial Property law specialist with Eaton Smith LLP

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... Read More


14/05/2020

Delayed, but not cancelled – company responsibilities during lockdown

Deborah Melluish

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 straying into territory where they cannot pay their bills, or in meeting... Read More


12/05/2020

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Irina Polyakova

The government has now published a recovery strategy.

The proposals on work are as follows:

“For the foreseeable future, workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible. This will help minimise the number of social contacts across the country... Read More


11/05/2020

How to return to work safely

Irina Polyakova

As the Prime Minister made an announcement of easing the lockdown and setting out a three-step plan, Labour has called for greater clarity on how workers are meant to return to their jobs.

Employees should be able to work in a safe environment, meaning that there is work to be done by employers, firstly in... Read More


11/05/2020

COVID -19 The Case Study

Irina Polyakova

Based on a true story…

1. Fit for Business Ltd, employs 175 people. It operates in the retail sector in 2 locations and have a warehouse facility. Due to the pandemic, it had to furlough 50 staff – 25 from one location and 25 from the other. The warehouse facility has expanded it’s production through... Read More


06/05/2020

How will businesses and the country get going again?

Irina Polyakova

The government’s forthcoming guidance on reopening

It is expected that Boris Johnson will make an announcement on Thursday, 07 May and again, on Sunday, 10 May 2020 with the guidance on re-opening for businesses. It is likely to be “workplace-by-workplace” basis, rather than a... Read More


06/05/2020

All you need to know about COVID-19: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough)

Irina Polyakova

Furlough: the basics


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was announced by the UK government on 20 March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scheme is opened on 20 April 2020.

The scheme applies in respect of employees who have been placed on temporary leave of absence... Read More


29/04/2020

COVID19 loans – do they breach your existing financial arrangements?

Deborah Melluish

Announcements from the Government and amendments to schemes have come at a fast pace over the last few weeks as they respond to reactions in the market for more flexible solutions. Loans and other funding schemes are now available for the full range of businesses, from start ups to the largest of enterprises.

... Read More

28/04/2020

COVID 19 - the implications of homeworking

Irina Polyakova

With a sudden rise in the number of workers temporarily working from home, as an employer, you have the same legal duties for employees working from home as for those in the workplace. But there are extra issues to think about, such as:

  • Security threats and what measures to take to protect confidential... Read More

27/04/2020

Commercial Property Expert joins the team

Deborah Melluish

Commercial property expert James Burgess has joined Eaton Smith Solicitors in Huddersfield.

James, who qualified as a solicitor in 2004, joins as a partner in the property department.

He has significant experience across all aspects of commercial property, including landlord and tenant work,... Read More