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We are all slowly trying to embrace the ‘new normal’. However, we are not out of the darkness yet when it comes to the pandemic. With spikes in the virus spreading, we have seen the introduction of local lockdowns, the wearing of masks and curfews.

We rejoiced when the government introduced the furlough scheme which safeguarded a number of jobs that would have otherwise been at risk. However, with furlough inevitably coming to an end on 31st October 2020, the government have announced that the furlough scheme will be replaced by the Job Support Scheme from 1st November 2020.

Read more: Everything You Need to Know About the Job Support Scheme: FAQs Answered

Even with the Job Support Scheme, an employer is still expected to pay 55% of their employee’s salary for only 33% work, in some cases. Placing employers in an extremely difficult position with limited options available.

We anticipate that the travel and hospitality industry will be hardest hit. The affects can already be seen by Cineworld’s announcement to temporarily close all cinemas and making staff redundant.   More...


Further to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement on 24th September 2020, the Chancellor outlined the government’s plan to protect and support businesses over the coming months as we continue to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement has brought a sigh of relief for many businesses as a result of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) coming to an end on 31st October 2020.

To help businesses, we have put together some FAQs to help you understand the purpose of the Job Support Scheme. The government have also published a helpful factsheet providing a brief overview of the scheme to date. More...

It is a great pleasure to join a team with such a wealth of expertise in wills, trusts and the administration of Estates. Within the team at Howells there are a variety of specialists all with the expertise and passion to help our clients with professionalism and integrity. This means that estate planning can be created for all different scenarios. Here are just a few: More...

Can spending too much time together ruin a relationship? The Coronavirus outbreak has been affecting us all in a variety of ways, and from financial worries to the stress of being cooped up at home, couples are facing tough new challenges. As a result, one possible new side-effect of COVID-19 could be a spike in divorces.

Google searches for ‘divorce’ were 51% higher in the peak of lockdown (June 2020), compared to June 2019, but will lockdown frustrations really result in more people taking the life-changing step of legally ending their relationship? Keep reading to find out more about how Coronavirus might affect the divorce rate. More...

The past seven months have been eventful to say the least. As a result of the pandemic, it has been a difficult period for businesses and we suspect there is more to come in the second half of the year.

In this updates post, we summarise the resent changes in the law and outline what to expect in the months to come. More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes