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Job Support Scheme (JSS) explained

Irina Polyakova

The JSS will apply from when the furlough scheme ends until 30 April 2021 (as at 02.11.20). The JSS provides two separate levels of support: first, to employers facing lower demand over the winter months due to the COVID-19 pandemic (JSS Open) and second, to those employers that are legally required to close their... Read More


Retail tenants should check the small print

James  Burgess

As a fresh wave of lockdown measures are announced across the UK, retail tenants may be experiencing new concerns about how to pay the rent. However, another ticking timebomb may be the viability of their landlords.

Even before the pandemic, the high street was undergoing radical change and the continuing... Read More


Two years running! Eaton Smith shortlisted for the 2020 TIGA Awards

Chris Taylor

Eaton Smith is immensely proud to confirm that, for a second year running, we have been shortlisted in the Best Legal Services Supplier category of TIGA’s 2020 Annual Awards.

Commenting on the shortlist, Chris Taylor, Partner at Eaton Smith said; "We are pleased to be recognised at national awards level for... Read More


Property booms as home and overseas buyers rush to beat deadline

Chris Brierley

Property buyers are fighting off the pandemic to catch a new home before stamp duty goes back to its normal rate. For overseas buyers the race is even more important, as the rate will carry an additional surcharge for them from April.

As part of the range of measures to provide economic support through the... Read More


Lockdown 2 and home improvements: When do you need planning permission?

Chris Brierley

With recent announcements from both the UK and Scottish government about further lockdown restrictions, you might be planning to fill your time with some home improvements. At the time of writing, tradespeople are exempt from lockdown restrictions and may enter your home to carry out necessary repairs. However, you... Read More


The new Job Support Scheme - Your questions answered

Lewis Holroyd

update 02.11.20 - the JSS is due to start when the extended furlough scheme ends

Job Support Scheme Amendment

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a further amendment to the Job Support Scheme (JSS), which is due to commence in December.

When JSS was originally announced, it required... Read More


Can I make a claim for clinical negligence? What you need to know

Adele Whitfield

If you have suffered an injury because of clinical negligence, you may be wondering whether you are eligible to make a claim for compensation. Personal injury claims for clinical negligence can be complicated, involving complex evidence and strict time scales. However, in this article, we set out the key... Read More


The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) Regulations 2020 came into force. Do they go further than necessary?

Irina Polyakova

The new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) Regulations 2020 came into force on Sunday, 27 September 2020.

The Regulations set out mandatory periods for self-isolation and a duty to notify the Secretary of State of the names of people in the same household of anyone who has tested... Read More


COVID-19: Chancellor announces Job Support Scheme as part of Winter Economy Plan

Irina Polyakova

On 24 September 2020, the Chancellor announced the Job Support Scheme that will run for six months from 1 November 2020.

An HM Treasury factsheet outlines how the Job Support Scheme will operate:

  • To be eligible, an employee must be on their employer's PAYE payroll on or before 23 September 2020... Read More


Conveyancing FAQs

Chris Brierley

Q. What is Conveyancing?
A. The procedure for transferring ownership or certain rights in property from one person to another.
Q. Do I need a Solicitor?
A. In most cases banks and building societies will insist on a solicitor dealing with the mortgage. Given the value... Read More


Virus transmission spike is matched by divorce advice spike

Zahra Nawaz

There are concerns that the latest spike in coronavirus transmissions may see more relationships taking a hit, after a surge in divorce enquiries following the nationwide lockdown.

Back to school traditionally sees a peak in petitions for divorce, but this autumn has seen a bigger number of distressed couples... Read More


Companies with EU customers must act now

Chris Taylor

When the transition period ends and the UK’s exit from the European Union is complete, businesses with customers in Europe will need to keep on the right side of data protection legislation.

Under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation – or GDPR as it is known – there are strict... Read More