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6 November 2020

COVID-19 puts the spotlight on the UK’s Statutory Sick Pay

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of statutory sick pay (“SSP”) in our society.  As other countries around the globe have improved SSP in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help workers stay at home, we examine the SSP regime in the UK, the changes the government has made and whether SSP will be increased as we continue to live with the pandemic.

Employment Law Blog

Natasha Forman (née Koshnitsky)

5 November 2020

Covid Regulations and the Property Market

The Government has published the most recent Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”), taking us into a second lockdown, which will likely remind buyers and sellers of the months in which they could not view houses and building sites, and added complications to exchanging contracts, or completing  transactions. 

Real Estate Law Blog

Bethan Owen

2 November 2020

Welcome, Furlough Part II – what took you so long?

Just when we thought we were saying goodbye to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) (the furlough scheme) and welcome to the new Job Support Scheme (“JSS”), the Government announced over the weekend that the CJRS is being extended until December and that the JSS would be suspended until then.

Employment Law Blog

Andreas White

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

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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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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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