Private Client Issues – September 2020

10th September 2020

Welcome to this month’s edition of Private Client Issues, Blake Morgan’s monthly round-up of the topics you may find of interest. It features insight and advice on developments affecting private individuals.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the way we work and live, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about some of the things we’re doing to help. As always, our focus is on providing you with a high-quality service, while working to keep our staff, clients and contacts safe. Our employees are working from home where possible, and happy to meet with you virtually, or in person where this is necessary and can be done safely. We are really proud of the way that our staff have risen to the challenge to do this without impacting the service we provide.

The situation continues to be fast moving, with new measures being announced as the Government addresses the key issues facing both individuals and businesses. Our team are here to help you, with the advice and support you need at this difficult time. Please access our COVID-19 hub for up to date information on key issues and please look after yourselves and those close to you.

Legal implications from lockdown: Wills, marriage and cohabiting couples

Lockdown vetoed many things – notably, marriage and civil partnership ceremonies. What legal implications could postponement of your big day have?

Read more about the importance of Wills and future planning.

Are sperm donors able to have contact with biological children?

A recent High Court case has determined that in particular circumstances, a girl conceived through informal sperm donation will not have her welfare needs met by spending time with the donor.

Read more about rights and responsibilities of sperm donors.

“My nephews and nieces” – the recent decision in Wales v Dixon

The High Court has recently clarified the construction and interpretation of Wills that refer to nephews and nieces in the Wales v Dixon case.

Read more about what the judgment means.

Health and Care visa launched

We look at the launch of a new fast track Health and Care visa for certain overseas Healthcare Professionals who want to work in the UK.

Read more about the new visa.

Challenges for the new working norm

As many people look to the future of what will be the new working norm, we consider some of the current challenges and practical and legal solutions, including for employers considering permanent changes in the way staff work.

Read more about the new working norm.


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