What is furlough leave?

In English law there isn’t a statutory legal definition of ‘furlough leave’. However, the general understanding is that it refers to situation in which a temporary drop in business happens because of an unusual or extraordinary situation which impacts on the economy and commercial environment as a whole. Furlough leave is an option that employers can consider where staff would otherwise be made redundant.

Can an employer ask staff to take unpaid leave instead of making them redundant?

It’s best to work collaboratively with your employees with a view to agreeing working patterns which could include taking some unpaid leave or using up holiday days. The new provisions on furlough leave could also offer some important options for employees to consider. 

This is a complex and very unusual situation so you should make sure you have specialist legal advice before you take any major steps.

If you do think you need to make people redundant, you need to check the terms of your employee contracts. There could be an express or implied right to lay people off or place them on short time working, which might be triggered in this situation. 

Can you create a will whilst in self-isolation?

All our employees are now working from home and we have a range of communication methods set up for us to have client meetings without meeting in person.  We can do this on the phone or via video conferencing facilities such as Skype, Zoom etc.

Once we’ve discussed with you how you want your Will drawn up, we draw up a draft document which we will email to you, for you to review. Once you’re happy with it, you can print it out for signature on your own printer.  If you don’t have a printer, please let us know and we will find a way to help!

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What is redundancy?

Redundancy is a type of dismissal which usually applies in the following situations:

  • When your employer has a reduced need for the work that you carry out
  • When your employer ceases to trade
  • When the place where you work is closing.
What is a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a legal document that describes what would happen if you ever separated. The agreement makes sorting these issues out much more straightforward. It can cover practical issues such as:

  • Finances and financial support
  • Ownership of the family home
  • Childcare arrangements
  • Changes to your tenancy
  • Division of assets such as furniture.

If you want to get a cohabitation agreement, talk to one of our friendly family law solicitors.

What is TOLATA?

TOLATA is the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA). The Courts have the power to resolve property and land ownership disputes through this Act. A family law solicitor can help you make a property claim, or represent you if your partner makes a claim against you. You can settle claims outside of Court.

What is adoption?

Adoption is the legal process through which parental responsibility for a child is transferred to an adoptive parent. The adoptive parents take on all parental rights and responsibilities for the child, such as where they live, the schools they attend and medical matters. When a child is adopted, the biological parents give up their parental responsibility for the child.

How does the adoption process work?

There are two routes to adopting a child within the UK:

  • Through an adoption agency via your local council
  • Through a voluntary adoption agency.

The first step in the adoption process is to contact the adoption agency and provide them with any information they require. Next, the agency will arrange to meet you to assess your suitability. If you are successful at this stage, and want to move forward, the agency will send you an application form.

Who can adopt a child?

You may be eligible to adopt a child if you:

• Are over the age of 21

• Have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for at least 12 months

• Meet the local authority’s selection criteria. 

You need to prove that you can meet the needs of the child. There's no universal set of adoption requirements, but there are steps prospective adoptive parents can take to demonstrate your suitability.

What does collaborative divorce mean?

Collaborative divorce is when a divorcing couple use a divorce solicitor who specialises in collaborative law. It is an alternative to going to court, and couples who choose collaborative divorce make a commitment not to go to court.

We understand your situation and our expert team are here to help

Get in touch to speak with someone who can help you move forward.

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Tees coronavirus update

We’re open and here to help you. We’re running as normal with our employees all working from home.

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You can call us as normal on 0800 013 1165 or email us: hello@teeslaw.com.

You can also find contact details for all our advisers here. 

As a flexible and technologically-adept firm, we already had many home-working systems in place. We have now rolled this technology out to all our employees working for clients, so they can continue to work normally - and from home.

If you are a client, please be assured you can get in touch with Tees and we are still working on your case. To replace face-to-face meetings, we have the facilities to do video-conferencing, conference calls or just speak on the phone, as you need.

Due to the circumstances, please call us if you would have wanted a home visit, and we can organise the best and safest way of being in touch.

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