“A Plan for the Employment Sector”

“A Plan for the Employment Sector”

Government Announcements- “A Plan for the Employment Sector”

The Chancellor has set out a plan for jobs that will see to it that the employment sector recovers from the Corona Virus outbreak thereby aiding the UK economy.

The government has broken these down into four (4) main areas of focus being: –

  • A plan for jobs
  • Supporting jobs
  • Creating jobs
  • Protecting jobs

We will examine each of these in turn: –

A plan for Jobs

This is the second part of the three-phase plan to secure the economy of the country. It must be borne in mind that the first stage was a £160 billion support package which also included £49 billion of more funding for the country’s vital public services, paying the wages of approximately 12 million people and also supporting viable businesses through grant schemes, various types of loans and rates cuts.

Seeing as the country is now entering into the second phase in its recovery, governments new plans are designed to focus more on skills and young people, investing into shovel ready projects in order to boost the employment sector immediately, a VAT cut for the hospitality sector, amongst other things.

Looking on- the third phase will focus on rebuilding and there will be a budget and spending review in the autumn.

Supporting Jobs

This is a huge one for the government. They have made it abundantly clear that a job retention bonus will be introduced to help firms keep furloughed workers. As part of this commitment- UK Employers will receive £1000 for every furloughed worker that is kept on as of 31st January 2021.

Also, there will be a £2billion kickstart scheme which will be used to create fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. If you are aged 16-24, claiming universal credit and at risk of been unemployed for a long period of time- then you will be eligible for this type of scheme. Furthermore, the funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage and Employers are free to top this up if the business is in a position to.

Besides this- a total of £1.6 billion will be invested in growing and harnessing employment support schemes to assist people who are looking for jobs. For example- businesses will be given £2000 for each new apprentice that they hire under the age of 25. This is in addition to various other schemes that are aimed at supporting young people who are entering the job market at such a tumultuous time.

Creating jobs

The plan will also create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects.

Protecting jobs

The government is aware that the tourism and hospitality sectors are massive employers in the UK and this pandemic has severely affected their sector. It is estimated that about 80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April 2020 and over a million workers in this sector have been furloughed.

Once these sectors open- the government has made it a priority to ensure that there is enough demand for these businesses to safely reopen and to also recover thereby keeping employment afloat. Therefore, to encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants the Government’s new Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.

We will aim to keep you posted as the government’s plans continue to develop as far as the Employment Sector is concerned.

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Mumba Chakulya

Solicitor- Litigation Department

 

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Meet our Private Client team

Meet our Private Client team

Private client team 2020 at GoodyBurrett LLP Solicitors

GoodyBurrett’s private client team is led by Sue Mullis, Chartered Legal Executive. Our team are usually based in Colchester; however, they are also regularly at our office in Dunmow.

Sue qualified in 1995, specialising in Wills, Trusts and Probate. Sue has built up an extremely successful department over the years and has worked with several generations of families here in Colchester and the surrounding areas.

Victoria Bibby joined in 2005, having been qualified as a Solicitor since 2001, she assists and advises the team on all private client matters, especially focussing on the financial and accounting aspects of these. Victoria successfully manages several of our Trust accounts and is regularly involved with their annual reviews including the Trustees, family members, Financial Advisors and Accountants.

Helen Firth then joined in 2017, having recently qualified in 2016 as a Private Client Solicitor involving all aspects of Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and taking a specialism in Court of Protection and Mental Capacity matters. Helen has advised and assisted clients and their families in numerous matters arising in the Court of Protection and the High Court. As a qualified Dementia Friend, this has enabled Helen to raise awareness and understanding of our clients and their families living with dementia.

Louise Repper and Georgina Leighton joined the firm in September 2019.

Once qualified in 2016, Louise moved to the charity sector working in the Legacy Department for one of the top 5 charities. Returning to private practice, she now assists and advises on all matters surrounding Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection. Louise is currently involved with a number of Probate matters ranging from straightforward non-taxable estates to substantial and complex taxable estates, involving Financial Advisors and Accountants. Louise is also a Dementia Friend and like Helen, has been trained to deal with clients and their families living with dementia.

Georgina, having qualified in 2010 as a Solicitor, can assist and advise in all private client areas including Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and specialises in matters related to Care Fees and NHS Continuing Care Applications, from Decision Support Tool Stage through to appeal the final funding decision. Georgina currently manages several of our attorney files here and has been involved in matters requiring accommodation moves and financial assessments, ensuring that the client’s best interest is of upmost importance.

The team at GoodyBurrett also includes support staff Jane Maher and Stevie Vass who work closely with all our fee earners. Their skills and attributes are key to our working team here at GoodyBurrett.

Jane has been with GoodyBurrett since 2006 and provides invaluable administrative support to the fee earners. She supports the department in all areas of their work and is extremely dedicated to providing an exceptional service to our clients.

Stevie is the newest member to the team, joining the firm on work experience before becoming support staff. He is currently on a gap year before starting University in October 2020. Stevie has taken to his supportive role very quickly and works extremely well with the team.

Our team are here for all of your needs, from making a new Will to dealing with Probates, we are here to help.  If you have any questions regarding any of the above or you would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact us on 01206 577676 or email [email protected]

 

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Verifying your ID during lockdown?

Verifying your ID during lockdown?

You may ask how can we verify your ID during lockdown?
 
 
Verification of identity during the current pandemic has become more difficult. The FCA have published guidance and accept that firms will need to take a different approach to the verification of identity during the current pandemic. The FCA have suggested using a combination of selfies and scanned documentation sent by email (to avoid the risk of contamination).
 
There are a number of things we can do:
 
• Video call the client and ask that they hold up their photo ID and show it to you. Ask the client to send a photo of their ID that they have shown. The solicitor who had the video call can then certify the copy ID as a true likeness of the individual who they have met via video
 
• If a video call is not available, ask the client to hold their photo ID next to their face, have someone take a photo of them and then send that photo to the solicitor with conduct of the matter. The solicitor should then view the photo and can certify the photo as a true likeness of the individual
 
• If the above cannot happen (maybe because the client is on their own and they cannot manage taking a photo in this way) ask the client to take a photo of their photo ID and then a separate photo of themselves (a selfie) and email those to the solicitor who can then inspect the photos and again certify the photo as being a true likeness of the individual
 
If you have any questions regarding verifying your identification please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help.

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Being a Trainee during Lockdown – We’re all in this together!

Being a Trainee during Lockdown – We’re all in this together!

Being a Trainee during Lockdown – We’re all in this together!

I’m a paralegal here at GoodyBurrett, soon to be completing my LPC and moving onto the next steps of becoming a trainee.  There are thousands of trainees in the UK starting or in the midst of completing their training contract in a very rare situation – during a global pandemic!  So, what’s different about being a trainee solicitor during coronavirus?

The main change for starters is working from home! GoodyBurrett are now fully operating from the comforts of their sofa and sometimes even their dressing gowns… We have gone from a busy office space to working independently without the luxury of being able to pop your head into a colleague’s office.  Interactions between my colleagues and I are now held through telephone calls, zoom calls and emails rather than arranging a face to face meeting or enjoying a coffee morning.  This change has meant that this period of my career, where I am learning the most, has been extremely different to other solicitors that have trained in previous years.

As a paralegal, completing my LPC whilst at a firm, this means I have the opportunity to learn brand new areas of law and get a feel for what it will be like when I become a trainee.  Our mission is to learn as much as we can in each area of a new law in a few months, and the world of coronavirus has presented this experience on a whole new level.

I have found this period to be challenging.  I am not just able to pop my head into a partner’s office and quickly ask a question.  I am not able to have a quick chat with a solicitor about their opinion on something as I walk past their door.  Instead I have had to be flexible and patient, and sometimes wait a few hours for a response to a question if someone is busy or on a call.  I have come to appreciate more than ever how important the flexibility within my role has been to my teams.  Not only do I need to be available for everyday research or drafting for solicitors, but I also need to have an understanding on administrative tasks such as bundling or costs retrieval.  The benefits are that I am learning a lot faster than I would have done in an office space and have become more independent, instead of relying on asking too many questions!  In the long term, I know my training will be better for it.

So, if you are a fellow paralegal, currently studying, or a fellow trainee, nervous and struggling whilst working during a pandemic, we’re all in this together!  In the long term, it will make you a more flexible, forward-thinking and mindful solicitor.

The rapid global spread of coronavirus presents unprecedented legal and commercial challenges for all businesses.  GoodyBurrett is committed to supporting clients and keeping our normal working hours through the challenges the pandemic presents.  Please feel free to still call our main line on 01206 577 676 to contact us here.

If you have any questions about the GoodyBurrett trainee application process, or managing working from home, you can email us at [email protected] or take a look at our other blog posts here.

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Stamp Duty Update Thursday 9th July 2020

Stamp Duty Update Thursday 9th July 2020

The Chancellors Mini Budget – Stamp Duty Update Thursday 9th July 2020:

Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, announced temporary increases to the Stamp Duty Land Tax nil rate bands for residential property to take effect immediately and remain in effect until 31 March 2021.

Noting that property transactions fell by 50% in May, and that uncertainty continues to affect the housing market, the Chancellor announced that the property value at which Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) begins to be paid will be raised from £125,000 at present to £500,000 in the tables covering standard purchases and purchases where the consideration consists of or includes the net present value of the rental element for leasehold acquisitions.

For purchases liable to the Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings, the 3% band is increased from £125,000 to £500,000.

The measure applies to transactions that are completed or substantially performed between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021 inclusive. The temporary rates do not apply where the transaction was substantially performed before 8 July 2020.  This page on GOV.UK contains more information –https://www.gov.uk/guidance/stamp-duty-land-tax-temporary-reduced-rates.

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