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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Covid-19: Chancellor announces Job Support Scheme

Katherine Maxwell

25.09.2020

The government has been under increasing pressure to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which is going to stop providing support to employers at the end of October. With infection rates of Covid-19 on the rise and anticipation of continued disruption to the economy, the Chancellor has outlined new measures in order to try and […]

Employment

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Debt Recovery Update: Enforcement of debts via High Court Enforcement Officers

Benjamin Millward

02.09.2020

Back in April 2020, we wrote about the impact lockdown was having on debt recovery in this article Debt recovery during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. As part of that guidance, we advised that High Court Enforcement Officers (“HCEOs”) had suspended attendances at both commercial and residential properties. On 25 April 2020, the Taking Control of […]

Debt recovery

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Moore Barlow and RoadPeace join forces to provide support for crash victims impacted by COVID-19

Moore Barlow

01.09.2020

National law firm Moore Barlow has joined a regional legal panel launched by charity RoadPeace in the wake of Covid-19, to continue the provision of tailored legal services to victims of road crash who have been either seriously injured or bereaved. Whilst lockdown reduced the number of vehicles on the roads, there remained a high […]

Personal injury

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Covid-19: New legislation for redundancy and notice pay of furloughed employees

Katherine Maxwell

31.07.2020

The government has announced new legislation to ensure that furloughed employees who are made redundant will receive a statutory redundancy payment based on their normal rate of pay and not their reduced furlough pay. The same will apply in respect of notice payments for furloughed employees. The new legislation is to come into force today (31 […]

Employment

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NHS Resolution annual report and accounts summary

Rheannie Madden

28.07.2020

This summary outlines the new indemnity schemes and clinical negligence cases handled by NHS Resolution. It includes the new measures undertaken in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The full report can be viewed here: NHS Resolution annual report and accounts 2019/20 which details the performance and future plans of the NHS. New indemnity schemes 2019/2020 […]

Clinical negligence

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Business contracts: best by design, not by accident

John Warchus

28.07.2020

The massive disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many more people working from home resulting in the number of face-to-face business meetings to drop to virtually zero.   This has led to an explosion in the use of video conferencing technology.  Whilst the benefits of these technologies are immense, they are not without […]

Commercial

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Coronavirus: will I have to wear a face mask at court?

Sarah French

24.07.2020

It has been announced that from 27th July Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) will ask everyone going to court in England to wear a face mask. In Scotland and Wales, wearing face masks will not be compulsory. If you have a valid reason you may be excused from wearing a face mask. These […]

Family and divorce

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Family courts to offer better protection in domestic abuse cases

Erin Lyon

22.07.2020

The often stressful, protracted and adversarial process currently in place in the family court can have the effect of worsening conflict between parties, which in turn can cause further trauma for victims of domestic abuse and their children. The family courts often have to conduct cases involving some of the most vulnerable in society, and […]

Family and divorce

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Coronavirus: weddings can now take place, but should you also consider a pre-nuptial agreement?

Sarah French

14.07.2020

The Government recently announced that from 4th July couples can now get married in England with up to 30 guests and enjoy their wedding ceremonies with rules in place, such as all individuals from different households being at least 2 metres apart, or one metre with risk mitigation if this is not possible.

Covid recovery | Family and divorce

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Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday: can this kick start our housing market at last?

Clare Andrews

09.07.2020

Clare Andrews looks at the cut in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and what it means for the housing market. Following a couple of months of uncertainty in the property market as a result of Covid-19, the government has now provided some good news for home buyers, with changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax taking […]

Real estate | Residential property

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Travelling by e-scooter: what are the rules?

Anna Silcox

08.07.2020

In an attempt to help mitigate the reduced public transport capacity due to the Covid-19 social distancing rules, it became legal on Saturday 4 July 2020 to use E-Scooters on roads if they are obtained through a share scheme. This is initially thought to be a trial but it is hoped that this legislation can […]

Personal injury

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Making your workplace Covid-19 secure

Michelle Tudor

01.07.2020

As the stay at home rule relaxes and businesses get the green light to re-open, employers are making plans to bring their staff back into the workplace. All employers have a statutory duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees as far as reasonably practicable. The government’s message remains that employees should […]

Covid recovery | Employment