Coronavirus: legal guidance & support

As the coronavirus crisis continues to impact the UK, we are all having to adapt to a rapidly changing and challenging environment, both in business and as private individuals.

Your business may be facing a number of different legal issues to deliver ‘business as usual’ – from the impact of COVID-19 on employees and staff, your business contracts and arrangements, your buildings and premises, increased bad debt and commercial disputes, and insolvency issues. You may also be struggling to take advantage of existing and new corporate opportunities.

Coronavirus has also had a big impact on everyone’s daily lives and our legal experts are here to keep you apprised of any legal changes that may affect you or your family – from family matters and employment rights, to settling disputes, trusts and tax planning, or updating your will.

To help support you and your business with these new challenges, our legal teams are staying on top of the latest government guidance, to provide you with up-to-date advice and practical tips – as found below.

Watch out for further updates

We are continuing to monitor information and guidance from the government and Public Health England about COVID-19, and will be updating this page with the latest guidance and support on an ongoing basis.

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Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to life and COVID-19

David Foster

29.05.2020

Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights states: “Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one should be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of the sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law”. Everyone’s right to […]

Regulatory and Public Law

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Are more Londoners moving out of the capital as a result Covid-19?

Sally Rolton

28.05.2020

Since lockdown began in March this year, we have generally all spent far more time at home than we would usually as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It has given us time to think, consider and explore not only the space we live in but also the area we live. Some have been luckier and […]

Residential property

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New Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rules for government tracing initiative

Katherine Maxwell

28.05.2020

The government has launched its contact tracing service in England (similar initiatives available in the rest of the UK). The purpose of the initiative is to try and reduce the spread of Covid-19 by tracking down anyone that has been in contact with a person who tests positive for the virus and asking them to […]

Coronavirus | Employment

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Arkin v Marshall – The effect of Practice Direction 51Z on possession proceedings

Ashley Moughtin

27.05.2020

On 26 March 2020 Practice Direction 51Z (PD 51Z) came into force in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19). The effect of PD 51Z was to place a stay on all existing and newly issued possession claims until 25 June 2020. This has clearly had a big impact on Landlords and Mortgagees who are seeking […]

Financial services litigation

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What to consider when selling your home in the “the new normal”

Sara Abou-Jaoude

20.05.2020

The Government’s amendments to the COVID-19 Regulations on moving home will have come as a relief to those who have seen their sales and purchases stall since the beginning of the lockdown, as well as those in the property industry.  Public Health England is keen to emphasise that these changes do not represent a return […]

Residential property

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Government guidance for commercial contracts impacted by Covid-19

Daniel Baker

15.05.2020

Through the Cabinet Office, the government recently published its guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency. The guidance applies with immediate effect to parties in the private and public sectors operating in England (although notably not in the other devolved UK nations). The key takeaway […]

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An extension to the Furlough Scheme – but at what cost?

Michelle Tudor

14.05.2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a further extension to the Job Retention Scheme until 31 October 2020. In his speech to Parliament, the Chancellor reported that 7.5 million jobs have been furloughed and the scheme has helped to support nearly one million businesses. It is reported that the scheme has paid out £10 billion so […]

Employment

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How to move house during the COVID-19 lockdown

Charlotte Davison

13.05.2020

This week the government changed their COVID19 guidance for the housing market, including some key actions to get the housing market moving again in England. The housing market was put on hold at the end of March due to the government lockdown, and an estimated £82 billion house sales were put on hold, according to […]

Residential property

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Extension to the Furlough Scheme

Katherine Maxwell

12.05.2020

The Chancellor has today announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Scheme”) will be extended for four months, until the end of October 2020. There will be no changes in relation to how the Scheme is run between now and the end of July 2020. Between August and October 2020 the Scheme will be continue […]

Employment

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Coronavirus: Real estate disputes

Chris Marsden

11.05.2020

If you have a dispute concerning property or land, then strategic advice at the earliest stage can help you resolve issues.

Real estate

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Guidance for Employers Coronavirus (COVID-19) and employment law

Katherine Maxwell

11.05.2020

We have prepared a guidance note to assist employers through the uncertain times caused by the coronavirus outbreak.  You will find answers to common questions below but if you have any concerns which are not addressed here then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Employment

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Remote Board Meetings: How to get board resolutions passed amidst the COVID-19 crisis

Cherie Lawson

07.05.2020

One of the challenges that directors of companies may face during these unprecedented times is holding board meetings and passing board resolutions whilst still adhering to the social distancing rules and keeping safe. Virtual board meetings are an efficient and relatively straight forward solution to this, and you may even find that you prefer to […]

Commercial