Employers face tough decisions as furlough ends

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme drawing to a close at the end of September, many employers are now facing some difficult decisions. The scheme, first introduced in March 2020, will officially come to an end on 30 September 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, 11.6 million workers have had a portion of their […]

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Company Strike Off and Restoration

Is your company in danger of being struck off the register at Companies House? The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act 2020 granted automatic extensions for filing deadlines between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021. Thereafter, on 27 January 2021, Companies House announced that it had temporarily paused it’s voluntary and compulsory strike off processes. […]

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Adoption Strategy – Achieving Excellence Everywhere

The government has published a £48 million plan to improve the adoption process in England, thereby ending the ‘postcode lottery’ that many families face. Whilst many of the goals set out in the 2016 report entitled Adoption: A vision for change have been achieved, including the development of Regional Adoption Agencies (RAA) and the delivery […]

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Driver shortage continues to impact road haulage industry

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers were named key workers, and their regulated  working hours were temporarily extended so that essential goods could continue to reach those who needed them. Further relaxations were recently announced but that clearly isn’t a solution to this deepening issue. The haulage industry is, […]

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Traffic Commissioners set out key objectives for 2021 to 2023

On 9th August 2021, Traffic Commissioners published their key objectives for 2021 – 2023 which are: To deliver a modern and effective operator licensing regime that ensures operators are fit to hold a licence whilst minimising the regulatory burden on the compliant. To promote and develop a safe road transport industry, which delivers compliance, fair […]

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Probate delays: an update

Our Wills, Trusts & Probate team has been in contact with the Probate Registry, who has informed us that they are currently processing stopped applications from 15 February and straightforward applications from 31 May. Despite positive government data in recent months, this shows that the Probate Registry is still suffering from a significant backlog following […]

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