16 Oct 2020
Family & Matrimonial
With online searches on the Citizens Advice Bureau website in September up 25% compared with the same time last year and lawyers across the UK reporting an increase in enquiries, it appears that early predictions that the UK divorce rate would rise significantly when we finally emerge from the coronavirus crisis are coming true.
Dealing with a marriage breakdown at any time can be stressful but during a global pandemic, there are all sorts of other factors at play. Our head of family law, Kate Thomas, explores some of the most common difficulties being faced by clients who are having to divorce during Covid and offers her advice
14 Oct 2020
With the after-effects of lockdown still fuelling a desire for more space and the holiday from stamp duty in England and Land Transaction Tax in Wales enticing more people to move before the end of next March, the housing market is currently booming.
Latest figures from mortgage lender, Halifax, show that UK mortgage applications are at their highest since 2008 and that house prices are rising at the fastest annual pace since mid-2016. So, with more and more people looking to put their properties on the market, we thought it would be helpful to explain the key steps in selling your home and give you some tips to avoid delays and reduce stress in the moving process.
13 Oct 2020
One of the most common ways to keep any dispute out of court is mediation. In this blog post, our head of dispute resolution, Ben Jenkins, looks at what mediation is, why it has become increasingly popular and what benefits it can bring.
12 Oct 2020
Today is the beginning of National Work Life Week, an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on wellbeing at work and to ensure a healthy work/life balance.
Here at Harding Evans, while our main focus is to support our clients, we know that our staff are our greatest asset and investing in their wellbeing is extremely important to us.
To recognise National Work Life Week, we share some detail on our staff wellness hub that we introduced this year, what we are doing to support our workforce and the importance of implementing a positive culture.
12 Oct 2020
A record number of Harding Evans’ teams and individual lawyers have been named in the 2021 edition of the Legal 500 directory, a prestigious guide that is published each year to recognise the best lawyers worldwide.
06 Oct 2020
Today (October 6th 2020) is World Cerebral Palsy Day, an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the 17 million people around the world who are living with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition that is very close to our hearts here at Harding Evans, having supported the Cerebral Palsy Wales (formerly Bobath Cymru) charity for over ten years.
Although CP is the most common physical disability in childhood, there is a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in medical circles.
The organisers of World CP Day aim to build awareness of what cerebral palsy is, how it’s caused and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP. Their vision is to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in society.
30 Sep 2020
As we get to the end of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, we speak to one of our clients, Mike Thomas, who tragically lost his wife Rachael, last August after being told that her cancerous 5lb fibroid was benign. Mike, who’s from Malpas in Newport, is now trying to raise awareness of the potential dangers of fibroids and the importance of getting them removed early.
29 Sep 2020
At Harding Evans we pride ourselves on the personal relationships we have with our clients and think it’s important that you get to know our team. We recently welcomed a new associate solicitor, James Young, to help drive growth in our commercial property team and today, we’re chatting to him to find out what he enjoys about his job.
25 Sep 2020
Many employers were fearing the end of the furlough scheme and with Covid re-emerging and more local lock downs, many commentators were predicting a winter of mass redundancies.
To address these issues, Rishi Sunak announced on 24th September, a new Job Support Scheme (“JSS”) to replace furlough effective from November 1 to run for six months.
21 Sep 2020
Wills & Probate
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every year, for the last nine years, a campaign has been run globally in September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
18 Sep 2020
When buying or selling your home, there are certain factors that can affect its value and its appeal, not least whether the property is freehold or leasehold. They are completely different ways of owning a property, so it is important to understand the differences between them. Judith Krukowicz, an associate in our Residential Property team, talks through what you need to know.
16 Sep 2020
Unfortunately, in business, if you offer credit, some customers will take advantage and try to push the payment terms. Bad debts impact businesses of all sizes, and can be particularly problematic during an economic downturn, so we’ve asked William Watkins, a debt recovery specialist in our Dispute Resolution team, to give his advice on how to deal with your debtors.