Information and guidance surrounding the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing every day, causing uncertainty for businesses, families and communities.
Whilst the world attempts to navigate these uncertain circumstances, our expert lawyers are providing regular updates and ongoing commentary to provide you with the key legal information you need in this unique situation.
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- Our support for airspace developers during lockdown – how property developers could place themselves in prime position once lockdown as lifted.
- The power of the option agreement –guidance on the different avenues available to housebound property developers.
Corporate and Commercial
- Coronavirus: a force majeure event? – can commercial parties invoke the force majeure clause in their contracts?
- Wrongful trading and director duties during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced plans to suspend the wrongful trading provisions
- Termination or suspension of a contract, what are my rights? – many businesses will need to look at their existing contractual relationships
- The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: COVID-19 – the Act seeks to ease the burden on companies during the pandemic
- Helping to make your terms and conditions ‘COVID-secure’ – the landscape of how we do business with one another has changed drastically
- Protecting employees’ mental health as they return to work – an employer’s duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of their staff extends to mental health
- I have been asked to return to work, but I have no childcare. What can I do? – Joanna Sutton details the different options available to you to assist with balancing childcare responsibilities with working
- Government starts to wind down Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – from 1 September 2020, employers must contribute at least 10% of the cost of those on furlough leave
- Does an employer’s duty of care extend to the employee’s commute? – employers have a statutory duty to provide a safe place of work and a general duty of care to anyone who may be accessing or using their place of business
- Furlough fraud: HMRC suspects up to £3.5 billion claimed fraudulently – between 5-10% of the money paid out under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is suspected to have been paid out wrongly
- Workers told ‘work from home if you can’ as strict restrictions return – the announcement comes amongst a raft of new restrictions being introduced
- New rules on face coverings in the workplace – failure to comply with the new rules is a criminal offence
- Government announces new Job Support Scheme – the new scheme is intended to support businesses in bringing staff back to work
Family and Relationships
- Challenges of relationships in lockdown – there is no doubt that the pandemic has had some impact on relationships – whether positive or negative
- Living together (cohabiting) during lockdown – many couples have made the decision to move in together following the COVID-19 restrictions
- COVID-19 court delays: can I still get a divorce? – the usual court delays have been significantly extended
Landlords and Tenants
- Further protection for commercial tenants – the government is further extending the rent protection period for commercial tenants
- Debt management during COVID-19 – since the lockdown implemented on 23 March 2020, businesses have faced increased difficulties
- COVID-19: what is its impact on different types of contract? – the impact of the coronavirus on economies, supply chains and workforces is well known
- A message from our Conveyancing Team – Karen Chui shares her insight on how COVID-19 is impacting on property transactions and how her team can help you
- Moving home: witnessing documents during lockdown – Kirstie Philpott answers some of our most frequently asked questions relating to witnessing documents during lockdown
- Green light for the property market – the green light has been given for people to move, estate agencies to open and construction to finally begin anew
- Government announces stamp duty holiday – in a move to boost the property market, the government has announced a temporary stamp duty holiday