Webinars coming up:
New markets - Focus UAE
Wednesday 31st March at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The first of a series of four webinars to support London’s businesses navigate Brexit and continue trading in the EU and new markets, this New markets webinar will cover

Click here for more details.
Today the rules around staying at home will be changing as part of the next step of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown.

The main change will be that you will be able to meet outdoors to socialise either with one other household or as part of a group no greater than 6 people.

Outdoor sports facilities may also reopen, but there will still be strict travel restrictions and you must continue to limit the number of journeys you take.

You must continue to work from home if possible, and travel abroad is strictly prohibited unless you are permitted to do so.

Remember, this is only one step in a long process. We must continue to work together, observe the rules and follow 'Hands. Face. Space.' in order to prevent more infections, which would only reduce our chances of meeting the June 21 date and going back to our normal lives this summer.

No deaths have been reported in London due to Covid-19 for the first time in six months, official figures show. (courtesty of BBC)

Public Health England (PHE) figures for 28 March showed no deaths had been registered of patients within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

At the height of the crisis last April, about 230 deaths a day linked to the virus were recorded in London.

"This is a fantastic milestone, but we're a long way from returning to normal," one doctor said.

But please do not become complacent – we still need to social distance, wash our hands thoroughly, mask up and keep to ‘Rule of Six’ – outside!
Hounslow borough is amongst the best performers for Covid vaccine take-up. (courtesy of Evening Standard)
EcoWorld London’s public consultation for the development of Griffin Park, the former home of Brentford Football Club in Brentford, will conclude on Wednesday 31 March next week.
The consultation website was promoted to over 15,000 homes in the wider Brentford area and so far the Griffin Park team have met with local representatives and held online several meetings with local groups and residents. They are now keen to receive as much feedback from the community on the proposals as possible. Please visit: www.griffinparkdevelopment.co.uk/feedback
UWL are accepting applications from West London organisations to apply for funding to recruit eligible UWL graduates.
The attached guide and application bid form here outlines the funding and eligibility. To summarise this provision, UWL are offering to fully pay a salary to UWL graduates hired by an organisation for a fixed period of 24 weeks, 35 hours per week beginning 5th July and ending 17th December. Certain eligibility and conditions apply, the deadline to bid is 6th April and interviews will be scheduled during the month of May.
Claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are currently open for pay periods in March‌‌ ‌2021.

Claims for February are now closed, but if you find you need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough you can do this until this coming Monday‌‌ ‌29‌‌ ‌March.

Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar, which includes:
  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to calculate what you can claim
  • how to make a claim.

We are also running webinars on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Get the latest information on: 
  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to make a claim 
  • what you may be entitled to, and more.

Lampton School in Hounslow is looking to recruit additional Director/Members.
This role means joining a small group who oversee the work of the School Governors and Head Teacher.
Although the task is legally important, the time commitment is not burdensome, requiring attendance at an annual meeting to review the Governors' work, the Annual Accounts and the Head Teacher's Report. Preparation for the meeting involves scrutiny of papers. 
Some general knowledge of education would be valuable, but also experience in business, accountancy or law equally useful.
If you think you may be interested in making a significant but not too time-demanding a contribution to an excellent local school, please contact Frank Wingate on 07968 526503 or frankwingate@aol.com for further information.
We’ve unveiled the design of our new polymer £50 note, which will be issued on 23 June 2021…
Key information and timescales about the new £50 note:

What’s happened?
Bank of England Governor, Andrew Bailey has unveiled the design of the new polymer £50 note featuring the scientist Alan Turing.
When does this new £50 enter circulation?
It’ll be issued on 23 June 2021.
What more can you tell me about the new £50 note?
It’s polymer, just like the £5, £10 and £20 notes. It contains sophisticated security features and completes our most secure series of Bank of England notes yet. It incorporates two see-through windows and a two-colour foil, making it very difficult to counterfeit. There’s a metallic hologram which changes between the word ‘Fifty’ and ‘Pounds’ when the note is tilted. These security features are common across all our polymer banknotes, so if you can check one, you can check them all.

What do I need to do in advance of the new £50 coming out?
In preparation for the new £50 being issued on 23 June 2021, cash-handling businesses should take the following simple steps:
  • Speak to your suppliers to check that your banknote machines (eg: self-service checkouts, point-of-sale banknote authenticators, back office banknote authenticators/note counters) are updated and are ready for the new £50.
  • Make sure that all your staff who handle cash are aware and know what to expect on 23 June 2021. Go to www.new50.co.uk for free training and educational materials.
What do I do about the paper £50 note?
Even after the new polymer £50 note has been issued on 23 June 2021, you should continue to accept the paper £50 note. The public can still use paper £50 notes as usual and these will be gradually withdrawn as they get deposited into banks by retailers and the public. We’ll give six months’ notice ahead of legal tender status of the paper £50 being withdrawn.
What about the paper £20 note?
You can also continue to use paper £20 notes as usual. We haven’t yet said when the legal tender status of the paper £20 note will be withdrawn. Again, we will give at least six months’ notice ahead of this.

Any questions
So...2021 started much like 2020 ended. We are all still at home, still binge watching unchallenging TV (Bridgerton anyone...?), the chance of having a meal at a restaurant still seems pretty remote and, of course, you can hardly move for hearing about the promise of easing of lockdown.
Our solicitors have been busy writing about topical subjects.

The Property Market – What is really going on? – An analysis of the market - By Vinay Tanna
I have continued my series on the property market but this time I have focused on what is going on in the market as a whole, including what does an abortive purchase really cost you and how many properties transactions are stuck in the system.

Professional Attorneys for Lasting Powers of Attorney – Is this even an option?
Nigel George Head of Our Life Planning Department, with his paralegal Massimo Cairo, discuss the appointment of professional attorneys. As everyone knows appointing a Health and Financial Attorney for a Lasting Power of Attorney may not be easy when you only have the family pool to choose from. Those who are not chosen, may feel, you do not trust them to look after their health and financial matters. How can professional attorneys help?
Click here for the Article. You can download the Quick Lasting Power of Attorney guide here

Buying your parents’ home under market value - by Jakub Kotan
Passing assets from parents to children can be a way of reducing Inheritance tax but is fraught with problems. This is an interesting article about a situation we as lawyers come across quite a lot.

Please stay safe. Our offices continues to be open for clients. If want to speak to me about any legal issues, please do call me on my mobile 07780707060 or contact me by email to vtanna@garner-hancock.co.uk
West London Local Chambers & Hounslow Chamber of Commerce are the primary support, networking, and representation organisation in west London for SMEs.

We support the interests, the commercial aspirations and the investment from businesses in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham - the Chamber is the voice for all businesses located in the borough