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Welcome to InBrief Winter 2022

The start of a New Year is always a great time to take stock of both your personal and business affairs to ensure everything is in order and up to date, and this year there are changes in the law which may affect you in different ways.

On page 4,  Alex Astley looks at the change in rules for probate reporting for non-tax paying estates which came into force on 1 January 2022.  It is important make time to review and update your Will every few years, or when there are changes to your circumstances such as getting married, divorced, having a child, or buying a property and it is never too late to make your first Will.

On pages 6 and 7,  Sarah Astley looks at the various ways the law can help your business to get ahead this year,  as well as some of the key factors which will increasingly impact your day to day business operations.

On page 8,  Paul Burbidge reviews  The Environment  Act 2021 which came into force in November and the key points for farmers, landowners, and the rural economy.

Exciting news for English wine fans, as the very first Wine Weekend is being held in Maidstone on Saturday 16th July and we are delighted to be supporting this event.  Viticulture is a valuable and growing sector of the Kent economy and we look forward to supporting the growers and wine makers and of course tasting their many delicious wines.

And on page 12, find out more about one of our recent new starters,  Associate Solicitor Krishna Patel who has joined our private client team and brings with her a wealth of experience.

As always if you would like any more information about any of these or other legal issues, please get in touch with our team today.

John Roberts

Managing Partner