‘Blue light’ IHT relief for emergency workers

Introduced around the time of the Napoleonic wars to recognize and support the families of soldiers killed on active duty, this lesser-known death duty (now inheritance tax) exemption, the ‘blue light’ relief, recently regained public attention. The original intent was that soldiers killed during active service are exempt from paying death duties (IHT). If an…

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Rethinking what’s important

The time in lockdown has given people the opportunity to reflect on what’s really important to them. It’s been a time to re-evaluate priorities and think about resetting goals for the future. What about you?  What have you missed? Has it made you want to spend more time with family and friends? Are there places…

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When will the economy recover?

The COVID-19 crisis will push the country into an unprecedented economic slump. Just how big the slump will be is currently unknown but experts’ predictions aren’t optimistic. One independent forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned that the economy could shrink by a record 35% by June, in the case of a three…

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Gemma Underwood (nee West)

Chamberlain Stean & West are proud to be corporate sponsors of the Hospice of St Francis.  We joined their Corporate Partner Network in 2014 and are privileged to have seen how the fabulous work of the hospice helps so many people and their family. The support offered by the hospice became particularly special for us…

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Avoid going stir-crazy during the lockdown

The effects of the government enforced isolation period will be felt across the whole nation. It’s going to be difficult for all of us to spend three weeks (at a minimum!) without leaving home except for essential travel and one form of daily exercise. We’re going to have to adapt and find new things to…

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