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COVID-19 – A Guide for Employees

Coronavirus raises significant challenges for employees and their families. The Employment Department at Oakwood Solicitors Ltd understands the uncertainty that employees are currently facing in light of this worldwide pandemic. Following an increased spike of calls and emails that we have been receiving regarding employee rights, we have decided to put together some of the…

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Providing ID in Times of Self-Isolation

How can I show proof of my ID due to self-isolation (and social distancing)? It is a legal requirement for a solicitor to request proof of your identification before accepting instructions to act on your behalf. This is usually either a passport or a driving licence being provided, alongside a utility bill – gas, electricity,…

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Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) Announces Multi-Million Budget Increase

In January 2020 it published its Plan and Budget for 2020/21. This outlined initial forecasts for the levy financial services firms/Advisors will pay next year, as well as a supplementary levy due to be raised on firms before the end of 2019/20.   Advisers face an increase in their Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) bills as…

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15 Regulated Advisory Firms Declared in Default

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has declared 15 new advisory firms in default during February 2020. A company/firm is declared in default when it is no longer able to financially bear to pay compensations for claims against it.   The firms are: Hector McLean Financial Consultants J Associates Knight Finance (European) Limited Intuitive Financial…

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Contracts and the Covid-19 crisis

To quote Oscar Wilde, “expect the unexpected”, and never has this ‘saying’ been more relevant. Not only has the whole country been learning how to expect the unexpected over the past couple of weeks, it’s fair to say the world, as a whole, is learning how to adapt to the Covid-19 crisis.   At the…

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Domestic Abuse Incidents Rise In UK

As the UK continues to lie low during the Coronavirus outbreak, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor Beverley Hughes has stated that reports are rolling in of domestic violence incidents, with preparations being made for more severe ones ahead. Charities and police had been warned of possible rises in domestic incidents, as the same thing happened in…

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Surge In Divorce Enquiries

Solicitors are reporting a surge in enquiries about divorce since the UK imposed stricter measures to stem the rise of Coronavirus cases. According to reports, there has been a 154% increase in Google searches of the phrase “I want a divorce” as couples find themselves involuntarily trapped together in isolation. According to family solicitor Penningtons…

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COVID-19 – An Employers’ Guide For SME Businesses

Coronavirus raises significant challenges for business owners and their HR Managers. The Employment Department at Oakwood Solicitors Ltd understands the uncertainty that employers are currently facing in light of this worldwide pandemic. Following an increased spike of calls and emails that we have been receiving from our SME clients, we have decided to put together…

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Prescription Requests See Sevenfold Increase

In light of a huge increase, the general public has been urged not to request prescription medication before it is required. Health officials in Shropshire have reminded people not to panic about the ongoing situation and request that people don’t order their repeat medication until seven days before they are due to run out of…

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