24 Feb

A further extension to SDLT holiday could be on the horizon

It has recently been reported that Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to announce a 3-month extension to the Stand Duty Land Tax holiday in the Budget on March 3rd. Currently, the SDLT holiday is set to finish on March 31st, 2021, with the proposed extension of the holiday to coincide with the end of social distancing… Read More »

18 Feb

Digital Assets – Things to consider when making a will

It is typical these days for people to own digital assets or store information online and many will have some sort of social media or email account.  Examples of what are termed as ‘digital assets’ would include: Social media posts Photographs and videos stored online Blogs Information contained in emails Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin But… Read More »

18 Feb

Is a “no jab, no job” policy a sensible approach for employers to take?

The UK is making great strides with its voluntary vaccination programme.  Employers are now having to grapple with their approach to employee vaccinations, including whether they can require employees to be vaccinated as a pre-condition of attending the workplace, and if an employee refuses whether they are permitted to dismiss or exclude the employee. Currently… Read More »

12 Feb

What Does Legal Jargon Actually Mean?

‘To me a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We’re all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there’s a problem, the lawyer is the only person that has actually read the inside of the top of the box.’ Jerry Seinfeld Introduction… Read More »

10 Feb

Spire Solicitors LLP supports Idenfo in their recent agreement with NCCPL

Spire Solicitors LLP have supported Idenfo in their recent agreement with the National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL) – NCCPL, which provides clearing and settlement services to the Pakistan Stock Exchange, has a track record of providing automated business solutions to capital market brokers in Pakistan with an objective to provide ease of… Read More »

09 Feb

The Agriculture Act 2020

The Agriculture Bill was enacted on 11th November 2020 after 2 years of negotiations and is now known as the Agriculture Act 2020. It is the first domestic legislation on Agriculture in over 70 years! DEFRA have called this “an exciting time for English farming”. Whilst this statement is true, it is also a very… Read More »

08 Feb

Can you walk away from your contract?

‘There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip’ Proverb Introduction This week, one case law update around the very topical subject of one party using a particular type of clause to try and walk away penalty free from a contract due to the pandemic and an update from Companies House. Can you bring a contract… Read More »

26 Jan

The Witnessing of Wills During a Global Pandemic

To be legally valid, a Will has to be signed by the Will-maker in the presence of two witnesses.  The witnesses, who are also required to sign the Will, must be over the age of 18 years, have full mental capacity and must not be a beneficiary of the Estate. In the midst of a… Read More »

25 Jan


After a challenging year for both employers and employees, and while COVID-19 continues to dominate, we are looking forward to what’s on the horizon for employment law in 2021.   BREXIT and immigration   The arrival of Brexit now means we have a new points-based immigration system, which will apply to most EEA nationals from… Read More »