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The Partners of Stronachs LLP wish to announce that Carol Crowther will be retiring as a Partner of the Firm with effect from 7 January 2021.  Carol has headed the Firm’s estate agency and leasing teams for many years and the partners and staff would like to take the opportunity to wish her all the best for the future. 

The Firm is pleased to announce that two new roles within the Firm’s estate agency and leasing teams, Estate Agency Manager and Leasing Manager, will be filled by two long-standing members of staff, Jacqui Dougray and Liane Munro respectively. 

Stronachs launches innovative new service for clients seeking Will drafting services

The private client team at Stronachs has joined with legal technology specialist Settify to offer a new, bespoke online option to clients wishing to explore changing their existing will or making a new will.  

Settify, the custom-built tool, is accessed via the firm’s website and uses artificial intelligence to interact with clients making enquiries for the first time.  It explains legal jargon and provides relevant initial information to clients based on their particular circumstances. 

On 13 November 2020, HM Treasury published The Coronavirus Act 2020 Functions of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) Direction. This is the fourth Treasury Direction in relation to the operation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

All of the Treasury Directions provide the legal framework for the CJRS.  Although the government have confirmed the CJRS will be in place until 31 March 2021, these directions deal with the period to 31 Jan 2021.

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended until 31 March 2021. On 10 November 2020, guidance regarding the extended scheme was published.

The guidance consists of various documents including:

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now remain open until 31 March 2021.

HMRC have issued a policy paper which provides details on:

  • The eligibility criteria for employers and employees;
  • What employers will need to do in order to claim; and
  • Updated information on reference data to calculate those claims.

On 31 October 2020, HM Treasury announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended until December across the whole of the UK. This follows the announcement of further lockdown restrictions in England.

Employers are not required to have previously used the CJRS in order to benefit from the extended scheme. In order to claim, the employee in question must have been on the PAYE payroll by 23:59 on 30 October 2020.

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 31 March 2021. As a result, the Job Support Scheme has now been postponed until further notice.

At the end of October, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (more commonly referred to as furlough scheme) is due to come to an end. In its place, the Job Support Scheme (‘JSS’) is set to begin on 1 November 2020, and is proposed to be in place for six months.

CJRS: Job Retention Bonus

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 31 March 2021. As a result, the Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in February 2021. However, a further retention incentive may be arranged at a later date.

On 1 October 2020, the Treasury issued a Treasury Direction regarding the Job Retention Bonus. The Treasury Direction can be found here.  The Job Retention Bonus aims to “enhance and consolidate the purpose of the CJRS” by giving employers £1000 for each ‘qualifying employee’.

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