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Insights // 08 December 2020

Uncertain Times - How We Can Help You

From redundancy or challenges in your business to a relationship breakdown, moving house or planning for your family’s future, we have the experience to help you and, working remotely or in person, our lawyers are here to help.

We understand that recent months have involved challenges for everyone, both personally and professionally. 

Anticipating your needs and listening carefully to your aims, we are committed to providing clear, practical and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.

Since March, we have continued to offer a full legal advice service to both new and existing clients. And as a firm, we are experienced in working with our clients remotely and adept at dealing with matters in this way, meaning that our clients can continue to expect the same expert legal advice and excellent client care on which out leading reputation is based.

Blandy & Blandy is proud to have once again been recommended in both of the UK’s leading guides to law firms this autumn, Chambers UK and The Legal 500, and in our 2020 client survey (to which nearly 400 individuals or businesses responded), 99% of clients said that they would recommend working with our firm.

Your Employment

“An incredibly impressive team of Employment Law solicitors.” Chambers UK

Unemployment in the UK rose to 4.5% between June and August, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with redundancies at their highest level since the global financial crisis more than a decade ago. According to a recent survey by advisory body Acas, 37% of employers expect to reduce their staff numbers before Christmas, whilst 24% were unaware of their legal obligations towards their employees in such a situation.

If you are faced with the redundancy of your role, and the loss of your employment, we can advise you on your legal position and help you to achieve the best outcome (whether that may be challenging the redundancy or negotiating the best exit arrangements for you).    

Every scenario is different – in many situations, an amicable solution is already ‘on the table’ and you may simply require advice on bringing the matter to a final conclusion.

In others, you may need more help to fully understand the extent of your employment rights, to protect your rights, and to explain to your employer what you are seeking by way of an appropriate way forward. For example, if you receive a settlement agreement, you are required to receive independent legal advice for it to be valid but that advice is important as you will be giving up your potential employment rights on signing it. 

Our specialist Employment Law team can also advise you on other issues regarding your employment.

You may find our blog articles, ‘What is a Settlement Agreement?’, ‘Redundancy FAQs’ and ‘Furlough Scheme – November Update’ helpful.

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Your Property

“When the estate agent asked which solicitor we were using and we said Blandy & Blandy, they smiled and said ‘Good decision... they are the best in the area.’ And they were!” Client

Our Residential Property team has seen a large increase in activity throughout summer and early autumn, owed to both a paused market and the Government’s Stamp Duty ‘holiday’, which runs until 31 March 2021.

If you are planning to take advantage of the latter and considering a move in the coming months, please get in touch with our award-winning team for a conveyancing quote. Meanwhile, you may also find our blog articles, ‘How Much Should I Pay for Conveyancing?’ and ‘Lockdown - Will it Affect Our Property Move? ‘ of interest.

Further, if you are considering developing land or property, our nationally-ranked Planning Law team is also here to provide expert advice, whilst our Dispute Resolution team can advise on property-related and other disputes.  

Contact our Residential Property team >>

Your Family

"A standout firm of Family Law solicitors in Reading and the Thames Valley." The Legal 500

It has been suggested that the somewhat unique challenges presented by 2020 may lead to a spike in the number of couples seeking to divorce or separate in the coming months, with prolonged periods of lockdown, childcare issues, concerns around employment and financial pressures, among others, said to contribute to any decision.

Unlike in March, Courts will remain open and many cases have continued to be dealt with remotely throughout the second half of this year following accelerated reforms introduced by HM Courts & Tribunals Service. The hope is that this time round the Courts, the system and all parties are better prepared and accustomed to working in this way and that it will allow proceedings to be handled in a prompt and effective manner.

Our leading Family Law team is here to help assess your individual situation and to provide clear and practical advice on a way forward which will achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

Contact our Family Law team >>

Your Future

“Clients have complete confidence in them. They give a very personalised and bespoke service.” Chambers HNW Guide

Our independent research this summer found that 52% of adults aged over 35 and living in south east England do not have a Will. Yet, a Will is a vitally important document, helping to ensure that your personal affairs are taken care of and your loved ones' future interests are protected.

In light of the ongoing situation, we have seen a large increase in enquiries related to making or updating Wills.

We have also seen significant interest in putting Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in place, something we routinely recommend that clients consider doing, so that their wishes are taken into account should they become seriously ill or incapacitated. Please get in touch with our leading Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts team if you would also like to discuss LPAs or making or updating your Will. You may find our blog articles, ‘What is an LPA?’ and ‘Why is it Important to Make and Update a Will?’ useful.

Contact our Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts team>>

Your Business Interests

“Blandy & Blandy’s excellent team is responsive, commercial and prepared to roll up their sleeves.” The Legal 500

We are highly experienced in advising companies with turnovers ranging from under £1 million to £100 million, including UK subsidiaries, SMEs and family or owner-managed businesses, on a full range of commercial matters.

Our clients also include landowners and developers, national and local charities and educational institutions.

For further information or legal advice, please contact law@blandy.co.uk or call 0118 951 6800. 

This article is intended for the use of clients and other interested parties. The information contained in it is believed to be correct at the date of publication, but it is necessarily of a brief and general nature and should not be relied upon as a substitute for specific professional advice.

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