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Apr
28
UK Immigration: Government launches review of the Intra-Company Transfer category
Back in September 2020, the government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out a study of the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa category in order to advise the government on the operation and the effectiveness of the category.
Apr
27
What does the EU’s ‘Digital Single Market’ mean for the UK?
The proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) form part of the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy and are expected to enter into force in 2022.
Apr
22
Holographic will was invalid
The provisions of Section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 (“the Act”) have been in force for over 180 years.  Despite this, the question of whether a will has been validly executed continues to come before the courts and this was the position in the recent case of Re Robert Whalley (deceased) V Ebrahimi [2021].
Apr
21
Coming out of Lockdown – ONS “WFH” report published
As spring rolls on and the UK continues to experience relaxations in the COVID rules many businesses who have been operating remotely for the last year are currently engaged in planning how the will operate once it is possible to return large numbers of employees to the office. 
Apr
20
Lack of want of knowledge and approval - Is the will valid?
In the recent case of Mundil-Williams V Williams & Ors [2021] the High Court upheld a challenge to a will on grounds of want of knowledge and approval in a case in which there were no questions about testamentary capacity and the will was drafted by a firm of solicitors, read over by the testator and duly executed.
Apr
16
Is the will a forgery and who bears the burden of proof?
When an allegation is made that a will has been forged, who does the burden of proof lie with? This was the issue that His Honour Judge Hodge QC sitting at the Chancery Division of Liverpool District Registry had to decide in the recent case of Face v Cunningham & Anor [2020].
Apr
14
Natasha's law- are you ready?
The UK Food Information Amendment 2019, also known as Natasha’s Law comes into effect from 1 October 2021 but what does it mean for food businesses?
Apr
14
Dismissal for refusing to wear a facemask
As restrictions ease, and employees start returning to the workplace, to what extent can an employer take action against employees who fail to comply with Covid-19 safety requirements?
Apr
14
IR35 reforms
The long awaited, and previously postponed, IR35 reforms came into force on 6 April 2021. These will affect any medium or large sized private organisation that engages with contractors. Under the new rules, where the contractor is providing their services through an ‘Intermediary’ (such as a personal service company), the end client will have the responsibility for determining whether the contractor falls ‘inside’ IR35 and, if so, either it or any agency that pays the consultant’s fees will be responsible for making PAYE and NICs deductions and payments.
Apr
07
Key changes taking place over the next two months
April isn’t just about Easter bunnies and spring flowers. It’s also that time of the year where employment law takes another leap forward. Andrew Whiteaker and Katie Harris take a look at the key changes taking place over the next two months.

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