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New Debt Respite Scheme (breathing space) – changes for debtors and creditors
A new scheme designed to encourage people with problem debt to seek advice has been launched by the Insolvency Service. The scheme, known as the Debt…
Challenging a will – delusions and mental capacity
With family structures becoming ever more complex and the size of the average estate increasing, it comes as no surprise that there has been a rise in…
We are proud to be a part of the St Albans Half Marathon 2021
Following a turbulent 15 months of uncertainty and various lockdowns, it is great to finally see the return of events! We are delighted to have been a…
Employee status – what’s in a label?
The issue of employment status is a muddled, yet essential, issue for organisations and individuals. The distinction between ‘employee’, ‘worker’ and…
No-fault divorce: It’s time to finally end the blame game
Reform of divorce law in England and Wales has long been overdue. So say us lawyers and family law legal practitioners, who have been lobbying and campaigning…
Own a business or property abroad? Important factors to consider when making a Will
If you own property abroad or have an interest in a business, there are several aspects to consider if you wish to leave these assets in your Will. There…
How more widespread flexible working could improve equality
HR Zone have published an article written by SA Law's employment partner, Beth Leng, on how widespread flexible working could improve equality in…
Creditor restrictions continued to 30 September 2021
The Insolvency Service has announced an extension to the current restrictions on creditors using statutory demands and winding-up petitions against companies.…
Delays, guarantees, summary judgments and a return of insolvency proceedings?
The Government’s decision to delay step 4 of its roadmap out of lockdown came at a critical time for businesses that were planning to reopen or return…
Gender-critical beliefs capable of protection by Equality Act
The EAT’s decision in Forstater v CGD Europe and ors, was always going to be controversial. However, for many, the ruling will be seen as an afront to…
SA Law celebrates 16th birthday with the promotion of three colleagues
On 1st June, SA Law celebrates its 16th birthday. Since June 2005 SA Law have offered a straightforward approach to law offering sound advice to…
What HR needs to know about rolling out 'family-friendly' policies
In a recent episode of the HR Grapevine podcast, Sophie Parrott, Online Editor at HR Grapevine, and, Editor of myGrapevine discuss…
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 : 10th - 16th May
It is Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. The theme this year is Nature. The organisers have cited two goals for this year’s event:to inspire more people…
Return to work: calling all commuters!
The schools and pubs are open, the sun is out and we can finally go shopping! From 21 June, the Government’s Roadmap suggests we will be able to go to…
Mental capacity and COVID-19 vaccinations
The vaccine roll-out in England has been a huge success, with over 40s now being called for their first dose of the vaccine. However, it is no surprise…
What is stalking and what effect is lockdown taking on stalking behaviour?
For National Stalking Awareness Week (19 April – 23 April) the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a personal safety charity that runs the National Stalking Helpline,…
Lockdown is easing - what are the latest rules for families with children?
As the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions begin to ease in the UK our Family experts look at how the new government roadmap will effect families, parents…
FAQs: Coronavirus Vaccinations and the workplace
As the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues, employers should prepare for its impact on their workforce, potential employment law pitfalls and…
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended to 30th September 2021
Eligibility for CJRSFor new claims made from 1 May 2021, furloughed employees must have been on their employer’s PAYE payroll on 2 March 2021. The employer…
The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System
Chris Cook and Nishma Chudasama look at the new points-based immigration system which came into force on 1st January 2021.
More COVID changes to corporate insolvency law?
The government’s continuing economic response to the pandemic has already seen the furlough scheme extended to 30 April 2021 and there are signs that…
“Subject to Contract”: three important words in contract negotiations
SA Law’s Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution team share insights and examples on the term “Subject to Contract” and its importance in business…
When should I review my Will?
For Wills to remain valid they must be up to date with life changes such as; the birth of children or grandchildren, marriage or divorce, changes to financial…
The Coronavirus Act 2020 and its ongoing impact on commercial tenants
Amy Sevier gives a New Year update on the Coronavirus Act 2020
SA Law pays tribute to Antony Davis, who sadly passed away on 24th December 2020
Celebrating the life and career of Antony Davis, 1957 - 2020
The National Lockdown and Child Arrangements FAQ
Simran provides answers to FAQs about child arrangement difficulties which may arise because of the national lockdown.
30 day challenge in aid of Refuge
Two SA Law teams complete the Junior Lawyer Divisions' 30 day team challenge to walk or run 500 miles to raise funds for Refuge, totalling 1163.19 miles!
Tier 4 – Can I still see my children?
Can parents continue to spend time with their children in the usual way at Christmas, if they do not live in the same household whilst in Tier 4?
What should I do if my employment circumstances have changed since my mortgage offer was issued?
Advice from conveyancing solicitors about the common problem faced by many in lockdown as a result of Covid-19.
Christmas Bubbles and the impact on children of separated parents
The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the everyday life of virtually every person in the world. Unfortunately England is no exception.…
Incorporation and letters of intent – say what you intend
Litigator Simon Walsh explains why avoiding ambiguity is vital when preparing a letter of intent.
Considerations for moving or selling your home following separation or divorce during the Covid-19 pandemic
During the Covid-19 pandemic there are even more ambiguities to contend with when selling a home, particularly if you are also separated or divorcing.…
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended
CJRS extended from 31 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 as UK ushers in lockdown 2.0
FAQs: Child arrangements during Covid
Answers to key questions about child arrangements during Covid including contact being refused, children visiting parents in different tiers and more.…
SA Law celebrates outstanding Legal 500 result
SA Law continue to be applauded for commitment, technical abilities and excellence in client care in the 2021 Legal 500.
Shopping for Divorce
Family Partner, Kiran Beeharry writes about the impact of Brexit on the divorce process.
SA Law thank clients for exceptional feedback in Chambers & Partners
The world’s leading provider of legal research analysis, clients and Counsel applaud SA Law’s legal teams for strengths of being a "solid, steady and…
What is the impact of the 3-Tier Covid System on Child Arrangements?
Simran explains what the 3-tier Covid system means for contact with your child.
Black History Month Resources
October is Black History Month. First celebrated in the UK in 1987, Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements of the black community,…
Guidance issued to assist businesses and consumers impacted by COVID-19
Covid cancellations, refunds and contract terms.
Winter Economy Plan - What is the Job Support Scheme and how will it work?
Chris Cook examines the key points from Rishi Sunak's coronavirus winter economy plan.
Data Protection and workplace coronavirus testing
Managing the data protection challenges of workplace coronavirus testing
Guidance for enabling a safe “return to work”
A guide to returning to work safely for those who are unable to work from home.
Alternative dispute resolution: Why should you mediate (and what happens if you don’t)?
Clare Mackay explains mediation in a commercial setting and how it can be employed to resolve disputes.
EU-US Privacy Shield declared invalid
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield as an appropriate mechanism to meet the GDPR’s cross-border personal data transfer…
BP Fuels Diversity and Inclusion Drive
Partner and Head of Employment & Data Protection Chris Cook comments in Personnel Today regarding BP's announcement of their new Diversity & Inclusion…
Changing a Child’s Name
Family Solicitor, Simran Gupta explains the different ways you can change your child's name and the legal processes you may have to go through.
GDPR: two years on
Chris Cook examines a recent report from the European Commissions review of the GDPR, two years on.
A new age: working from home and GDPR
What GDPR issues may arise from working from home and what you should do to reduce risk and stay compliant.
Updates to off-payroll working in the private sector
Following the delay to the introduction of off-payroll working in the private sector, the government are introducing some amendments to the original proposals,…