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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Stamp Duty

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced a stamp duty holiday for buyers which will run until 31 March 2021. This means that buyers will pay no Stamp Duty on the first £500k when they move home, meaning the average stamp duty bill will fall by £4,500. The proposals to exempt most homebuyers from paying any stamp…

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Meadows Ryan Property Team

While Meadows Ryan Solicitors continued to operate remotely during the full government lockdown, we are pleased to announce that our offices are now open with a limited number of our team working at 56 Church Street Weybridge and the remainder of our staff working remotely.  We are able to offer a full service to our…

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Property Alert

It has been just over two months since life as we knew it changed due to Coronavirus (Covid-19). During this pandemic, many of us have self-isolated in our homes, leaving businesses and properties unoccupied. This allows fraudsters to take full advantage of the situation to make money. Property Fraud is extremely attractive to fraudsters as…

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Time extensions to comply with directions

Compliance with time limits is of paramount importance and failure to comply with directions with specified time limits may result in sanctions being imposed.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ministry of Justice introduced a new Practice Direction 51ZA (Extension of time limits and clarification of PD 51Y) with effect from 2 April 2020.…

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