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Welcome to InBrief Summer 2020

Looking ahead to the next few months as we emerge fully from the lockdown there will have been and will continue to be a number of changes for many business owners and individuals and our team is here to guide you through all of the legal challenges this may bring.

We have picked a number of subjects to cover in this edition of In Brief, which we think will be of interest to and possibly will affect many people.  As well as the reminders for keeping your personal interests looked after and up to date with Wills and LPA’s, we also take a look at some of the other issues that families might be considering at this time.

Child residency is usually a matter decided between both parents but the lockdown might have changed how parents want to structure residence in the future, or young people might want to make the decision for themselves. Partner Julie Hobson takes a look at this issue on page 3.

Many people might also be reviewing where they live with a reported increase in the number of town and city dwellers looking to make a move to a more rural location. On page 9 we look at the cost of Stamp Duty on rural homes / missed use land and property and how the previous use of land or buildings can make a significant difference to the amount payable.

There has also been a reported increase in the sales of alcohol during the three month lock down, good news for English wine producers who have benefited from an increase in direct sales to consumers and we take a look at the growth of the viticulture sector here in Kent and its projections to increase significantly over the next 20 years.

There has been some good news during the lock down period and we highlight the fundraising success of the RBLI Tommy in the Window campaign for the 75th anniversary of  VE Day in May.  There is further good news to look forward to in 2021 and the Elmer the Elephant Parade which will take place across Maidstone bringing thousands of visitors to the town centre.

With much to look forward to I hope you enjoy reading this edition and we look forward to seeing our clients and friends very soon in person. Our offices in Maidstone and Ebbsfleet are fully open and if you would like to make an appointment contact our team today.

John Roberts
Managing Partner