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Druces announces Charity of the Year

It is a great pleasure to announce that Druces’ Charity of the Year is Young Minds. Young Minds works with young people to address their mental health needs. Indeed, it is the UK’s leading charity in this field, working towards a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever their challenges. You can […]

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AstraZeneca/EU contract – what it really says

The background and narrative of this ugly dispute has been widely reported of late, and the ‘vaccine nationalism’ that has ensued has further damaged an already fragile relationship between the EU and the UK, with pharmaceutical companies and the vulnerable populations of the whole of Europe and the world unceremoniously caught in the middle. What […]

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Supreme Court rules in Business Insurance Case

The Supreme Court last week handed down judgment in the important case concerning business interruption insurance – The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others. This new Judgment has been eagerly awaited by businesses up and down the country, hoping that insurers would have to pay out on claims brought under business interruption policies and […]

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Travel to France – when Brexit and Covid collide

Travel limitations to France  The UK government has stated that, even after Brexit, tourist travel to the EU is still permitted, for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, at present, with the Covid pandemic this is not strictly true. Travel to France from the UK is currently very limited (more […]

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Making and challenging Wills in the COVID-19 era

Sometimes the law changes quickly. In a Budget speech, a chancellor may announce new measures that have effect immediately and trigger a flurry of activity as advisers and clients come to terms with new rules, suddenly imposed. It is fair to say, however, that the pace of change in the law is sometimes slower than […]

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An interview with…

Julian Washington speaks to Druces’ staff about their experiences of 2020 In many ways 2020 has been a year which people would like to forget. The global pandemic has had an enormous impact and, even among those of us who escaped its worst effects, personal lives and business strategies have been disrupted on a large […]

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The new Job Support Scheme – what you need to know

This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer introduced the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) to help businesses and employees try to survive through the current pandemic to 30th April 2021. The Job Support Scheme – a summary Although further details on the scheme are still expected, Charles Avens from our Employment team has set out […]

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French trusts: the deadline to file annual returns has been extended

Trustees of trusts with connections to France must declare the market value of the assets held within the trust as of 1 January each year. Only the French assets will need to be declared unless the settlor or a beneficiary is French resident, in these instances, worldwide trust assets will need to be declared. The […]

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Court applications to extend the term of an administration

Company administration is a formal insolvency procedure designed to rescue a company. The Insolvency Act 1986 (“the Act”) provides that an administration period will automatically come to an end after one year unless the administrator obtains an extension. In many cases, this one-year period does not provide sufficient time and the administrator will need to […]

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