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The importance of Shareholder Agreements in family businesses

What is a Shareholders Agreement? A Shareholders Agreement is a contract made between all or some of the shareholders of a company, and usually the Company itself, in order to govern the relationship between the shareholders and to set out their rights and obligations. Why should my company have a Shareholders Agreement? When setting up…

Furlough and Fraud – A Perfect Storm?

The government’s Covid019 Job Retention Scheme went live on 20 April, enabling employers to make claims of up-to £2,500 per month, per employee, until at least the 30th of June. HMRC have already expressed concerns that the scheme will be targetted by orgainised criminals looking to profit illegally from payments on offer. A spokesperson was…

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Portal Opens and HMRC Updates Furlough Scheme Guidance

There have been two important developments for businesses. Firstly, and importantly HMRC have from today started accepting applications for payments under the Job Retention Scheme (JRS). HMRC chief executive Jim Harra told the BBC’s Today programme that employers had made 67,000 job claims in the first 30 minutes of the scheme operating. The portal can…

Child Arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the current COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an increasing number of parents approach us with worries and concerns about child arrangements. Whether these were official arrangements that were applied through the courts, or individual arrangements agreed outside the court system, parents are unsure how the government restrictions apply to their current situation and could…

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Lockdown Law: A Practical Overview

Three weeks in and a fast-tracked set of laws are upon us all. Although the issue is a public health one, the new legislation imposes rules and restrictions on behaviour- with the scope for penalties if we do not conform. The key legislation is the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. Here, we present…

Is NOW the time to restructure your Business?

Covid-19 is an unprecedented risk to health, but also to the economy and businesses. Understandably therefore many business owners are anxious about what the future holds. However, what we are already seeing is that many businesses are finding ways to adapt, to diversify, to thrive in these challenging times. It is said that ‘necessity is…

The Yorkshire Law Firm – Here when you need us

Why Ison Harrison? With 14 offices, from our Leeds City Centre office, from Ilkley to Pontefract, from York to Barnsley, from Garforth to Huddersfield we have bases all across Yorkshire As will writers we are key workers. We are therefore able to be here for you during these difficult times. We have twelve fully trained…

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Guidance On Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

The Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice, has published guidance on compliance with family court child arrangement orders during the Coronavirus outbreak. His statement reads: During the current Coronavirus Crisis some parents whose children are the subject of Child Arrangements Orders made by the Family Court…

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The New Job Retention Scheme, How Will It Work?

On Friday 20 March 2020 the government implemented a new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to combat the economic effects of the Coronavirus and prevent businesses from being forced to make redundancies. It will be implemented for an initial period of 3 months backdated from 1 March. The government has not ruled out extending the period…

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Ison Harrison Appoints New Family Lawyer at Barnsley Office

Press Release – March 2020 Yorkshire law firm Ison Harrison has appointed an experienced family solicitor at its Barnsley branch. Abbie Churchill joins Ison Harrison’s expanding regional team having previously been at Howells Solicitors in South Yorkshire for seven years and Raleys in Barnsley for nine years. This latest appointment brings 16 years of family…