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Insights // 16 October 2020

How We Can Help You & Your Family During the Pandemic

From moving home to planning for the future, matters involving your relationship or children to a workplace issue, find out below how we can help.

We understand that recent months will have provided you and your loved ones with many challenges, both personally and professionally.

Since March, we have continued to offer a full legal advice service to both new and existing clients and we are here to help you, remotely or in person, during these more difficult times.

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.

Blandy & Blandy is recommended in both of the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for our expertise in advising individuals and their families and in our 2020 feedback survey (to which nearly 400 clients responded), 99% of clients said that they would recommend our firm to you.

Your Future

“A very professional, friendly and helpful service and an excellent experience. Highly recommended.” 

In May, our research 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, to ensure that your personal affairs are taken care of and your loved ones' future interests are protected. In light of the pandemic, 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 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 recent blog articles, ‘What is an LPA?’ and ‘Why is it Important to Make and Update a Will?’ helpful.

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Residential 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!” 

Our Residential Property team has experienced a 40% increase in new clients during July and August versus 2019, 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 Residential Property team for a conveyancing quote. Meanwhile, you may find our recent blog article, ‘How Much Should I Pay for Conveyancing?’ 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.  

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Your Employment

“Invaluable help and extensive experience. I would highly recommend Blandy & Blandy.” 

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 Acas survey, 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.

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. 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).     

If you require advice on the above, or in relation to another issue regarding your employment, please get in touch with our specialist Employment Law team. You may find our recent blog articles, ‘What is a Settlement Agreement?’ and ‘Redundancy FAQs’ useful.

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Your Family

“If you are considering support for a divorce or a legal battle, then this is the firm you want on your side. Even the magistrates were impressed by their work.” 

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 a prolonged period of lockdown, childcare issues, concerns around employment and financial pressures, among others, said to contribute to any decision.

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. You may find our recent blog article, ‘The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Divorce Proceedings’ helpful.

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Your Business Interests

“Blandy & Blandy has provided us with legal advice for over 12 years, supporting the growth of our company. They are a valued partner, understand our business needs and provide us with the right legal support, when needed.” 

We are highly experienced in advising companies with turnovers of up to £100 million, including UK subsidiaries, SMEs and family or owner-managed businesses, on the full range of commercial matters. We also advise clients including landowners and developers, national and local charities and educational institutions. Please get in touch to find out more.

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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