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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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 […]

Employment

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Bracing your company for redundancies

Katherine Maxwell

01.07.2020

The president of the employment tribunals for England and Wales has said that he expects a big increase of unfair dismissal claims by reason of redundancy as the government’s furlough scheme is wound up. We know that for many employers the furlough scheme has simply been a means of delaying the inevitable. With changes to […]

Employment

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Flexible furlough scheme confirmed by Treasury Direction

Esmat Faiz

29.06.2020

The Treasury Direction covering the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been updated to cover the amendments to the original CJRS to allow for flexible furlough from 1 July 2020 until 31 October 2020 when the scheme is wound up. Like the previous Treasury Directions dated 15 April and 20 May this document – The […]

Employment

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Teachers’ Pensions: returning to the fray

Adam McRae-Taylor

25.06.2020

Whilst most of the attention recently has understandably been on the COVID-19 crisis, the past few months have seen a number of developments regarding the on-going impact of increases in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) on the independent schools sector. An ever increasing number of independent schools have left (or are leaving) […]

Education | Independent schools | Schools and charities

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Updated COVID-19 toolkit for independent schools

Ben Collingwood

25.06.2020

In March we produced our toolkit to help independent schools manage the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  As society starts making steps towards a return to normality and schools prepare to welcome back pupils, we have updated this key resource for independent schools as they continue to navigate their way through the next […]

Education | Independent schools | Schools and charities

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Keeping Children Safe in Education – new changes for September

Olivia Stanton

25.06.2020

The Government has just released the updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), which will come into force on 1 September 2020.  You should continue to refer to the current version of KCSIE until 31 August 2020, but schools will want to start preparing for the upcoming changes.  The key new developments are […]

Education | Independent schools | Schools and charities

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Are remote hearings here to stay in the Family Court?

Laura Sanderson

23.06.2020

The President of the Family Division has announced that the functioning of the Family Court is unlikely to return to full and ordinary operation until Spring 2021 and, even by then, there may be a new normal to the court working environment. Most of the court buildings have been closed to the public as a […]

Family and divorce

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A surge in Business Interruption Claims due to Covid-19

Rachel Hetherington

16.06.2020

On 23 March 2020, the Government mandated non-essential businesses to close and ordered individuals to stay at home except in a few limited exceptions. This had a monumental impact on the UK’s economy, with airlines, retail, hospitality, sporting and tourism sectors suffering unprecedented disruption and financial loss. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development forecasts […]

Commercial | Dispute resolution

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Flexible Furlough Scheme

Katherine Maxwell

16.06.2020

Over the weekend, the government released guidance about upcoming changes to the coronavirus job retention scheme (also known as the furlough scheme). The changes relate to new flexible furlough arrangements that will be available for employers to operate as they ease out of lock down and before the scheme closes as the end of October. […]

Employment

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Free online legal clinics on Coronavirus and Commercial Law for Businesses

Moore Barlow

15.06.2020

With many businesses struggling to deal with the impact of coronavirus on their business and working practices Moore Barlow is offering businesses, business owners and entrepreneurs a free 30 minute legal clinic by phone or video conference to help mitigate the impact of coronavirus.  

Commercial