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26 October 2020

Furlough Fraud - what about the other £2bn?

The headlines of 23 October 2020, reported the staggering estimate that between 5 and 10 per cent of the £39 billion paid under the Government’s job retention scheme has been claimed fraudulently.

Criminal Law Blog

Nicola Finnerty

23 October 2020

Coronavirus business loan scheme fraud

In response to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, the government introduced a number of loan schemes in order to assist businesses struggling financially.  Recent reports suggest that these schemes, as outlined below, have become a target for fraudulent loan applications, by both genuine businesses and also organised criminal enterprises.  This blog briefly examines the various loan schemes in place and the criminal offences which are likely to be the focus of investigating authorities in the coming months.

Criminal Law Blog

Philip Salvesen

28 September 2020

The Rule of Six and restrictions on businesses - what are they and what is allowed?

As the number and rate of new infections in the UK has increased over recent weeks, new statutory measures have come into force to limit the number of people who can participate in gatherings and to limit the opening hours of some businesses.

Public Law Blog

Stephen Parkinson

24 September 2020

Coronavirus return to work u-turn causes mental health and redundancy concerns - Niki Southern quoted in HR Magazine

Niki Southern, Partner in our Employment Law team, was quoted in HR Magazine on Wednesday 23 September 2020. Niki was commenting on the updated government guidance urging workers to once again work from home where possible. Niki warned of the risk of further redundancies in certain sectors, as well as potential claims for unfair dismissal should employees lose their jobs for refusing to return to the workplace due to safety concerns.

Employment

Nikola Southern

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Can you get out of or suspend a contract because of Coronavirus?

Alex Torpey covers the key things to look out for if you are relying on the Force Majeure clause.

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Overcoming the challenges of co-parenting for separated and divorced parents

Rachel Freeman, Partner in our Family Law team, addresses some issues that we are seeing arise for separated parents in the current crisis.

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Tech in Two Minutes - Episode 7 - The Coronavirus challenge for tech coworking spaces

Andrew Solomon speaks about the challenge for tech companies and coworking spaces during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Property done Properly - Episode 1 - COVID-19: Tips for documenting a Rent Concession

Rent Concessions are on the rise during the outbreak of COVID-19. In the first Property done Properly podcast, David Newnham discusses six of the practical considerations when documenting Rent Concessions

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The legal basis for lockdown

Alun Milford, Partner in our Criminal Litigation team, provides an in-depth look at the legal basis behind the current lockdown.

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Managing your Migrant workforce in the COVID-19 crisis

On Friday 3 April, immigration partner and head of department, Nick Rollason, hosted a webinar looking at urgent issues employers are facing during the COVID-19 crisis and answered some of the key questions being raised.

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Furlough leave and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: key legal considerations for Employers

On Thursday 9 April, Andreas White, Partner in our Employment Law Team, delivered an overview of the scheme with a focus of the key legal issues for UK employers.

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Coronavirus and the perils of signing your Will

Will instructions have apparently risen by 30% since COVID-19 reached our shores. What effect does COVID-19 have on Will signings? James Ward and Diva Shah in our Private Client team blog.

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The juggling act of a single mother, home school teacher and head of a family team

Charlotte Bradley, Head of our Family Law Team, reflects on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected working parents like her.

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The future public inquiry into COVID-19

Calls for a public inquiry are continuing to mount and are likely to prove difficult to resist. In this blog, Sophie Kemp considers the framework for such inquiries, and the key issues likely to form the core of its terms of reference.

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