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Battens Newsletter

Battens Newsletter
Keeping you up to date

Welcome to our Battens Solicitors newsletter. In this issue we cover a range of articles from mediation to protecting your digital assets. We hope there will be something of interest for you:
To find out more about any of the reported topics or if you have a query you want to discuss please call us on 0800 652 8373, click here to email us or alternatively visit our website:

The end of Furlough- so what now?
As employers will know, the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will end on 31 October 2020. Many employers have had to consider whether they can continue to retain staff after furlough or if they need to make changes or redundancies due to the impact of the pandemic. Whilst this year has been “different” (to say the least) what remains the same are the employment law basics – including the requirement for fair & proper process and reasonable decisions by an employer. Click here to read more…

Stamp duty relief – a round up
After several months of being in lock down without being able to move or attend viewings, it came as a relief to many purchasers to learn of the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s, announcement that the threshold for the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (stamp duty) has been temporarily increased to £500,000.00 up until 31 March 2021. Click here to read more…

Covid-19 changes to evictions
You would be forgiven for being confused with all the changes that are happening in relation to landlord and tenant law and in particular evictions. New regulations on the whole doubled the notice periods landlords have to give to tenants when they want them to leave. Most tenancies in the private rented sector are Assured Shorthold Tenancies (“ASTs”) and the relevant notices here are Section 21 and Section 8. Click here to read more…

Lasting Powers of Attorney and Will planning
The times that we are currently living in have shown that life can change completely overnight and the future can look uncertain. The best way of dealing with this uncertainty is to ensure that all your personal planning is in place. There are two pillars to this planning – the first is executing a Lasting Power of Attorney so that your family can help you if you become ill or mentally incapacitated and the second is making your Will to ensure your estate passes to those who you wish to benefit on your death. Click here to read more…

Christmas contact for separated families
Christmas can be a difficult time of year for families, especially those that are newly separated or those that can’t agree on arrangements for the children. The courts won’t deal with Christmas as an “urgent issue” and therefore you will need to take steps now to deal with this if you aren’t able to reach an agreement. The first step is… Click here to read more...




Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby