What is a Notary Public?

The Notaries Society has described notaries as representing, “the oldest and smallest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales”. Many notaries are also solicitors, but not all solicitors are qualified as notaries; there are approximately 775 notaries in England and Wales. A notary public is mostly concerned with authenticating and certifying signatures, documents…

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Meadows Ryan Solicitors Ltd welcomes Alastair Hargreaves, Chartered Legal Executive to the property department of the firm.

Alastair has amassed a wealth of experience in residential and commercial property matters, including acquisitions of companies and assets, leasehold and enfranchisement matters, financial restructuring, complex land registry issues and claims for adverse possession. He receives repeat instructions from a number of property investment companies and commercial landlords. Alastair’s career experience includes acting in the…

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Redundancy – How to conduct a fair process

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has protected more than 11 million jobs since its inception last March and with the news of the Chancellor’s recent extension, will continue to do so until October this year. But is this enough? Many businesses are facing the stark realisation that in order to neutralise or indeed marginally lessen…

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Budget 2021 changes to SDLT on residential property

Back in July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday in England and Northern Ireland to boost the property market after it was hit by a national lockdown. The stamp duty was reduced to zero in cases where the purchase of a main home was £500,000 or under. A…

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Advice on consolidating Human Resources costs in England in the pandemic

There is no doubt about it, COVID-19 and its subsequent variants are going nowhere in a hurry. Its treacherous path continues to disrupt businesses worldwide and employers are under increasing pressure to reduce their headcount. The redundancy process can be very complex, not to mention costly, so employers need to be aware of their respective…

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New Consultants on board at Meadows Ryan Solicitors

Meadows Ryan Solicitors Ltd welcome three new consultants to the firm: Sarah Barnes-Whurr: Residential Property Sarah joins the Meadows Ryan team having worked in residential conveyancing firms within her local area of Surbiton, Thames Ditton, Kingston Upon Thames and Esher for several years.  She has extensive experience of her local area, both through work and…

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Wills witnessed over Zoom to be legalised

Wills witnessed over Zoom and Skype are to be legalised, as the government ushers in a major overhaul of probate legislation in the wake of Covid-19. New rules will allow testators’ signatures to be witnessed using video conferencing software, such as Zoom, Facetime and Skype. Once a will has been signed by the testator it…

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