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The Chancellor’s next Budget is due to be published earlier than normal this year, on Wednesday 3 March 2021. 

Although no significant details have been published in advance of the Budget, there has been widespread media and industry speculation that the Budget will include some measures to recoup, to some extent at least, the cost to the Treasury of supporting the UK economy during the last 10 turbulent months. 

When the government announced a national lockdown for the UK in March 2020 few of us had any idea of what we would be facing in both our personal and working lives. In the months that followed we all had to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances - and the processes involved in family law matters and court procedures were no exception.   Here we take a look back over the challenges of 2020 upon family law matters in detail. 

‘Retention’ in Construction Contracts - A snagging problem?

Robert McDiarmid, partner and head of Dispute Resolution, features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and looks at an issue within the construction industry - Retentions. 

The UK Government has accepted in full the Low Pay Commission's recommended increases to the national living wage (NLW) and national minimum wage (NMW) rates, to apply from 6 April 2021.

Paying for Covid-19: Time to make a plan

Magnus Mackay, senior associate in our Private Client team, features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. 

The cost of the coronavirus pandemic on UK finances has been huge. It is perhaps inevitable that the Treasury will seek ways to rebalance the drain on public finances. 

"Times they are a-changin’ …. Is it time to give the hydrogen economy the green light?"

Malcolm Donald features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. 

As readers of our series on the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA 2020) will be well aware, CIGA 2020 was passed in June and included a number of new measures intended to provide protection to business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The various measures have been addressed in detail in our series of articles (which can be accessed here).

On 24 September 2020, the UK Government announced that a number of the measures, which were due to expire on 30 September 2020, will now be extended:

With a return to work at the office now on the horizon, businesses and employers are looking at the areas that require consideration for the 'new normal'. 

We have collated responses to quesions about holidays, sickness absence and pay, business travel overseas, health & safety in non-essential offices and whistleblowing.  

If you have further queries about any of the topics covered in our Return to the Office bulletins, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Employment Team.

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