We are delighted to welcome clients back, and all of our offices, with the exception of Nottingham, are now open for appointments.
We do however, respectfully request that you continue to wear a mask as you enter our offices and use the hand sanitiser provided.
We will continue to observe social distancing in our meeting rooms while cases continue to rise, and this will be reviewed every two weeks.
Should you prefer not to visit our offices, then phone & video appointments remain available for your convenience.
Our Nottingham office remains closed and we are unable to receive any post sent to that address. If you have documents that need to be posted to our Nottingham office, please can we ask that you post to our Mansfield office instead or scan and email them to us.
Please note that if you need to make a payment, it can be taken online via this link: https://www.bannerjones.co.uk/payments/new
Client safety continues to be our number one priority. We have followed Government guidance and carried out a thorough risk assessment. Risks within general office locations, will continually be assessed in line with government guidance for ‘working safely in offices and contact centres’.
My employer has asked me to have the vaccine- what are my rights?
With the Covid-19 vaccine being rolled out across the country, many are starting to wonder when it will be their turn.
To date, vulnerable, front-line, care home staff and social workers have been at the front of the queue, with plans now afoot to reach the rest of the UK’s 66 million residents.
Redundancy in the hospitality sector: what do employers need to consider?
With the country now in its third lockdown, it is clear that the hospitality sector has been hit the hardest and with no sign of hotels, pubs and restaurants reopening soon, employers in this sector will be almost certainly be facing some tough decisions about their staff in the coming weeks and months.
Coronavirus vaccine consent and mental capacity
The Coronavirus vaccine is being rolled out quickly and among the first groups of people to receive it are the elderly living in care homes with Dementia. These people may be unable to make the decision for themselves to have the vaccine and give the consent required.
Looking after your workforce- what are your responsibilities for lone workers?
Employers need to protect the mental health of those who work alone. This blog gives you an overview of what you should be considering.
Why both types of LPAs are important
Recent months have been a real challenge for those families with relatives in care homes, particularly where the relative has dementia and time with them is very precious. For some, the restrictions on visiting have simply become unbearable.
Will the new video witnessing laws cause a rise in future Will disputes?
Lee Foster, Dispute Resolution Solicitor and ACTAPS member considers this.
Tips for Surviving the festive season and beyond when separated
We know that going through a divorce or separation can be stressful at the best of times, but over the festive season emotions can run very high, especially when there are children involved.
Your FAQ’s regarding annual leave and Coronavirus
Here, our employment law team cover some of the most commonly asked questions relating to holiday during the pandemic.
Business LPAs- Protecting your most important asset
All businesses protect their buildings and assets with insurance in the event that the worst should happen, but very often, no consideration is given to what would happen to the business if a key decision maker was suddenly not around. Without anyone appointed to take over the running of the business, even if only temporarily through illness, important deadlines and decisions may be delayed or even missed, putting the future of the business at risk.
With the eviction ban extended, what are the options for commercial landlords?
What is a Reactivation Notice and will you need one?
Latest Updates for Private Landlords
The rules for landlords are forever changing, so read on for some of the latest updates.
Putting your affairs in order- what exactly does this mean?
The phrase ‘putting your affairs in order’ is quite commonly used, but what exactly does this process entail? We’ve written this blog to help explain in detail what may be involved in the process and we also highlight some of the key things you will need to consider along the way.
What does the Stamp Duty holiday mean for the property market and you?
Looking back to the start of 2020 the UK housing market looked strong, with Nationwide reporting a 14-month high in property values. A 1.9% increase on the same time the year before, and an average price of £215,897.
Landlord Update: Gas Safety Certificates
As most landlord’s should be aware, if you had failed to provide a Gas Safety Certificate to the tenant prior to the outset of the tenancy, then this failure meant a section 21 notice procedure could not be followed to bring an assured shorthold tenancy to an end.
Treat redundancy with the respect it deserves
As a business owner, we know you try to plan for every possible situation but unfortunately, nobody could have predicted what 2020 had in store.
Could this be a trial run for retirement?
We are certainly living through strange times. But for some of us it is stranger than for others. As the saying goes – we are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.
Wills - The importance of getting it right
The Coronavirus has affected everyone in many different ways, but one thing is for sure, it has provided a reminder to many of us about the importance of having our personal affairs in order. For most people this process starts by writing a Will.
Moving out of the marital home? Your rights uncovered
Intestacy: What Happens if I Don't Have a Will?
We are getting a lot of questions from clients around this topic at the moment, so we thought that an article outlining the intestacy rules would help to guide you.
My employer has furloughed me, but wants me to undertake some work for them. Is that okay?
Head of Employment Law, Katie Ash answers this frequently asked question "Unless you are volunteering for your employer under Public Health England guidance, then the guidance to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) confirms that no work must be undertaken by employees during a period of furlough.
Post-Lockdown Planning- What does the future hold for your business?
Over recent weeks there has been a huge amount of emphasis on dealing with the lockdown. Businesses and business owners have worked tirelessly to get their heads around the terms of furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, ensuring staff who need to work can do so remotely, and that the office, factory or other workspace remains safe for those who do need to physically attend the workplace.
Hope for private renters and landlords
On the 25th March 2020 the Coronavirus Act (“the Act”) received royal assent and became law, temporarily changing the landscape of private leasing overnight.
Moving home during a lock down - your questions answered
In this article, our residential property expert, Kate Skelton, answers some of the more commonly asked questions about what is and what is not possible during these times; including what to do if you have already exchanged contracts but are unable to move due to the pandemic, and who to speak to if your financial situation changes in the coming months.
Producing a valid Will whilst social distancing
The last few weeks have forced us all to change the way that we live our lives. From working, to schooling, to socialising and even shopping – we have had to adapt. There is no doubt that technology has played a big part in allowing us to adapt and indeed stay somewhat connected to the loved ones that we cannot meet in person.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Furlough Leave (Updated 20th April)
Furlough leave is a government scheme that will allow businesses to continue paying a contribution to the salariesof employees who are not required to work “by reason of circumstances as a result of coronavirus or coronavirus disease”. The furlough scheme is known as the CJRS.
Domestic Violence Support
A Terrible consequence of the social distancing measures introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rise in the number of cases of domestic violence and abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and a 150% increase in visits to their website since the current situation began (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52157620). With the lockdown continuing for the foreseeable future, we sadly expect the number of domestic abuse cases to continue to grow during this time.
Top tips for marriage survival over the coming weeks
Couples may be facing a challenging time due to the unusual circumstances that have been thrust upon us as a result of the COVID-19.
Sharing custody during the Coronavirus pandemic – what are your rights?
Protecting your business and your employees during difficult trading periods
As the country continues to grapple with the evolving situation relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses and business owners are reacting in real time to the government advice relating to social distancing and non-essential travel.