by David Phelan December-18-2020 in Banking & Financial Services, Healthcare Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Media Law, Property, Advertising and Marketing Law, Commercial & Business, Corporate, Data Protection, Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Regulatory & Administrative Law, Brexit, COVID-19

As 2020 draws to a close, I would like to thank you on behalf of all at Hayes solicitors for your continued support throughout the year. 

What an extraordinary and challenging time it has been.  Throughout the year, the resilience, expertise and sense of togetherness of our clients, and the wider business community, has shone through.  For our part, we have been more appreciative than ever of your support and trust.

We hope that over the course of the year, we provided the service and support you needed.  No doubt, 2021 will bring more uncertainty and challenges - although hopefully not quite as unsettled as this year – and we are here to continue to support you and your businesses throughout. 

In this newsletter, we update you on a number of issues and insights around Brexit, Covid-19 and many other areas relevant to you and your business. 

As always, we welcome any feedback, whether it be on the newsletter or anything else.  Do please feel free to contact me at any stage. 

In the meantime, from all of us, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. 

David Phelan
Managing Partner

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