Yes They Will!

In what has been called the biggest shake-up to Wills in 183 years, The Ministry of Justice has stated that Wills and Codicils which have been witnessed via video conferencing platforms (such as Zoom and Skype) WILL be deemed legal. The statutory…

Rumoured Changes To Stamp Duty In 2020

Those thinking about buying or selling property will be keen to hear the the reforms to stamp duty land tax (“SDLT”) which the the Chancellor is expected to announce tomorrow on 8 July 2020. Tomorrow, the Chancellor is due to unveil the…

Divorce - Things can only get better!

The rise in divorce rates is sadly a common trend that is seen in times of economic turmoil.  Unfortunately, with couples currently being forced to spend unprecedented amounts of time together and with job losses and financial difficulties…

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill: a potential lifeline for struggling businesses

The government have recently announced further details of the new legislation which they plan to implement, to assist companies who are struggling to meet their debts.  Spurred on by the Covid-19 crisis, the government has set out measures…

Business Interruption – is your business covered?

In the current crisis, many small businesses have turned to their insurance policies, to see if they can claim for business interruption (‘BI’).  They may have a shock:  either they are not covered for BI, or their insurer may say the…

The Property Market Is Moving

The government has relaxed the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and the housing market has re-opened and buyers and sellers can once again resume their moving plans. From Wednesday, May 13 it is acceptable to leave your home to: …

Getting Ready To Sell During Lockdown

As Britain enters a further period of lockdown, many will be implementing a moving plan. Visits to the Rightmove are running at a high level and there is pent-up demand. At Bartons it is “business as usual.” We have put in place innovative…

Can I Still Get Divorced During Lockdown?

With large amounts of people being forced inside due to  the current coronavirus pandemic many of the normal working processes are coming to a halt, however the divorce process is not one of them. Divorce Solicitors Are Still Working With…

Is a DIY Will legal?

A homemade Will is legal and valid, if it is correctly signed and witnessed. However, the safety and security of your family could hang on that “if” – it’s an awfully big risk to take! Bartons Solicitors frequently see problems with…

It’s all in the planning, right?

There is often a big hype about the need to obtain planning permission for a planned development or project, so much so that many other pre-development considerations somehow seem far less important and sometimes are little thought about. Of…