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We have all had to adapt in our business and personal lives to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Our legal experts consider the implications and provide informed and pragmatic commentary on the key issues, considering all the latest Government updates and advice.

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29/07/2020

Employers face difficult decisions about pay when employees returning from Spain are forced to quarantine

With air bridges collapsing and many employees needing to quarantine on their return from their summer holidays, Employment expert Abigail Maino questions what this means for employers

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24/07/2020

Furlough Monopoly - if you pass January will you collect your £1,000?

Employment expert Greg Burgess sumarises the changes to the furlough scheme from 31 October and questions whether this will really be enough to curb unemployment

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24/07/2020

What reliefs are available from inheritance tax?

Sarah Higgs, expert solicitor in our Private Client team, explores what reliefs are available from inheritance tax and encourages clients to use them before they change

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13/07/2020

Government’s Coronavirus response: CIL changes

Planning Partner Chloe Karamian discusses the Coronavirus CIL amendment regulations designed to reduce cash flow issues for developers

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30/06/2020

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2019-21 comes into force

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2019-21 has completed its passage through Parliament and received Royal Assent, and the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2019-21 has been published.

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23/06/2020

Getting advice on Inheritance Tax and the timing of it cannot be under-estimated for business owners

Olga Powell considers why succession plans should be top of the agenda for a lot of private businesses as Inheritance tax changes may affect businesses in a way that they do not anticipate.

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10/06/2020

A time to give?

Camilla Bishop discusses asset planning to save on Inheritance Tax costs during the current crisis

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09/06/2020

Updated Q&As in relation to shareholder meetings

As restrictions continue to be lifted, Corporate Partner Nick Williams discusses further changes to AGMs during COVID-19

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08/06/2020

Legal Challenges by Airlines to UK Government plans for 14 day quarantine

Jonathan Compton, Partner considers the Legal Challenges by IAG and Ryan Air to the UK Government's plans for a 14 day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country.

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02/06/2020

The scaling back of furlough, in a nutshell

Employment Partner Adam Williams highlights the changes the Government has made to the furlough scheme

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26/05/2020

Coming out of lock down – quick tips for business leaders planning for investment/growth

Jonathan Grant gives a quick guide to the issues buyers and investors will consider when targeting opportunities as we emerge from lockdown.

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22/05/2020

Injunction Obtained at Lightning Speed In Spite of Covid-19 Restrictions

Robert Ganpatsingh explains that in spite of COVID 19 restrictions injunctions can be obtained at lightning speed.

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21/05/2020

The Government publishes the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill

The Government has published the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill 2019-21. Corporate Partner Nick Williams breaks this down further for you.

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15/05/2020

Update on Government measures to enable the holding of AGMs and other meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

Corporate Partner Nick Williams discusses the Government's new legislation, providing further comment on AGMs

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13/05/2020

Earn-outs and Coronavirus – what happens if the terms of your earn-out can no longer be achieved?

Danos Athanasi considers the options if your earn-out can no longer be achieved

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13/05/2020

Managing Resourcing in a Covid-19 world

As the Government announces that it is extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Employment partner Rebecca Thornley-Gibson provides her thoughts on returning to work during the crisis

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11/05/2020

Regulation of personal data in the Covid era

Jonathan Compton considers the implications for the regulation of data in the Covid era.

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05/05/2020

Land Registry response to COVID-19: identity verification and signing deeds

Katie Layton summarises some of the key measures put in place by HM Land Registry to verify a person's identity and sign deeds

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04/05/2020

Airlines refuse and delay refunds….during Covid 19 crisis

As many of us face the trials and tribulations of our cancelled holidays due to Covid-19, Jonathan Compton explains the legal position of customers vs aviation authorities

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01/05/2020

My customer won’t pay – blaming Corona for cash flow

Dispute Resolution expert Jonathan Compton comments on the recent "breathing space" suggested by Lords Neuberger and Phillips

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30/04/2020

Locking down your IP in a time of Covid-19

Head of Commercial John Yates takes a look at some key considerations for security during home working

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28/04/2020

New 100% government backed bounce back loan scheme for small business

Michael Wrigley and Katie Layton look in more detail at the new scheme announced by the government to help smaller business through the pandemic

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28/04/2020

The effect of COVID-19 on commercial contracts

Dispute Resolution Partner, James Colvin, offers his practical tips for your commercial contracts during the current pandemic

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23/04/2020

Planning and making redundancies

Greg Burgess explores the key points to consider when planning and making redundancies.

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21/04/2020

Business Interruption Insurance – are you covered?

Simon Elcock looks at whether companies refusing to pay out business interruption insurance may be in breach of their contract

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21/04/2020

Furlough: Time for a Break?

As the Government finally answers some questions on annual leave during furlough, Employment Partner Rebecca Thornley-Gibson reviews the main points

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20/04/2020

Companies House support for businesses hit by COVID-19

Banking expert Katie Layton comments on the most recent update from Companies House

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20/04/2020

The Government announces the Future Fund initiative making loans available to early stage privately invested companies

Corporate Partner Nick Williams looks a how the Government's new scheme may help unlisted UK-based companies

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20/04/2020

Q&A published on Government measures to facilitate company meetings and filings

Nick Williams looks at some of the answers published surrounding Annual General Meetings

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20/04/2020

Contractual issues and COVID-19

Does the current outbreak amount to a frustrating event which will allow a contract to be discharged? Kelly Mills explores further

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17/04/2020

Withdrawing a job offer due to a downturn in work caused by COVID-19

Will Walsh, Employment Partner considers the question – whether you can withdraw a job offer as a result of reduced work caused by COVID 19

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16/04/2020

Private equity backed businesses face challenges on access to government packages

Could PE backed businesses miss out on some of the safety nets put in place by the Government to save companies during the crisis?

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16/04/2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – updated guidance and legal framework published

On 15 April 2020 the Government provided further guidance regarding eligibility for, and payments under, the CJRS

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15/04/2020

Commercial tenants – beware!

Keith Pearlman comments on the lingering concerns for commercial tenants surrounding The Coronavirus Act 2020

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15/04/2020

What does COVID-19 mean for corporate borrowers and their loan facilities?

Katie Layton discusses the effects on businesses that may lead to a breach of loan agreement terms during the current pandemic

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15/04/2020

Consumer credit debts see three month moratorium: credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans

Our banking experts offer advice on the new guidance published by the Financial Conduct Authority

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06/04/2020

Furlough and workforce planning

Employment Partner Rebecca Thornley-Gibson offers further furlough guidance and plans for Phase 2 of the scheme

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06/04/2020

What does the Coronavirus pandemic mean for licensed sponsors of UK work visas and the employees they sponsor?

Employment Partner Adam Williams discusses the challenges for visa holders and their sponsors during COVID-19

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06/04/2020

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19

Help is available for victims of domestic abuse during lockdown. Family lawyer, Samantha Jago, highlights the options

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03/04/2020

Companies House accounts: coronavirus prompts filing extension

Banking experts Gwen Godfrey and Katie Layton look at one of the schemes to help businesses through COVID-19

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31/03/2020

Licence to trade wrongfully – false comfort for directors and LLP members?

Insolvency expert Tim Symes considers the government’s suspension of wrongful trading legislation: pragmatic, yes, but it’s not carte blanche

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30/03/2020

Planning for planning: how the system can carry on

Be practical, be pragmatic, plan for the recovery: Fay Goodson looks at the advice being given to planning authorities

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30/03/2020

Further measures and guidance for companies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Government, regulators and representative bodies have been responding swiftly to the challenges COVID-19 has been presenting for companies. Nick Williams reviews the latest updates.

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27/03/2020

Sign on the dotted …? How to execute a contract without a signature

Rebecca Leeves looks at the logistical issue of executing contracts in a crisis

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27/03/2020

Further Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As further details are published regarding the Coronavrius Job Retention Scheme, Employment Partner Rustom Tata discusses the key points raised.

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26/03/2020

Top Tips for managing cash-flow in challenging times

Kelly Mills offers some top tips for managing cash flow in these difficult times

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26/03/2020

Covid Corporate Financing Facility (“CCFF”): supporting liquidity in larger firms

Jonathan Compton looks at a new funding stream available to support large corporates

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26/03/2020

Wills and Powers of Attorney – ordering your affairs during the coronavirus pandemic

Lorna Fairbairn and Jennifer Charlton are thinking outside the box to ensure that making or updating a will or power of attorney is easy even when the signature of several different people is required

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26/03/2020

AIM Regulation supports Government coronavirus initiative on the delayed filing of company accounts

AIM Regulation has announced temporary measures whereby an AIM company will be able to apply for a three month extension for the publication of its annual audited accounts.

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25/03/2020

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (“CBILS”)

Gwen Godfrey and Michael Wrigley comment further on the new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme which went live on 23 March 2020.

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25/03/2020

Impact of coronavirus on licensed premises

As just one word continues to dominate the headlines, Maria Guida considers the latest guidelines for licensed premises  

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25/03/2020

Workforce planning - who to furlough

Employers may face difficult choices when deciding which employees should be furloughed, retained in the business and possibly made redundant. Rebecca Thornley-Gibson takes a further look at these options.

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24/03/2020

Coronavirus and commercial leases - a moratorium on evictions, but rent still due

The Government is doing what it can to support businesses; Maria Guida looks at what a moratorium on evictions means for landlords and tenants

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24/03/2020

Contact and the coronavirus – can I still see my children?

Whilst business and employment matters receive attention, Samantha Jago considers how family contact might be affected by the coronavirus crisis

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24/03/2020

Government steps in with crisis funding during pandemic

‘Unprecedented’ is the word of the moment, with multiple measures to support businesses through a unique situation

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23/03/2020

EISA recommendations for mitigating the impact of coronavirus on early stage businesses

Nick Williams and Nuria Ashmore Barrios look at the recommendations that can assist businesses in their early stage

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23/03/2020

Urgent Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Chairman and Employment Partner, Rustom Tata explains what we know about the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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20/03/2020

AIM’s reaction to coronavirus

AIM specialist Nick Williams highlights the temporary measures being adopted to support AIM companies during COVID-19 crisis

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20/03/2020

Business rates – the only holiday option

Will “whatever it takes” get close to saving retail, leisure and hospitality industries?

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20/03/2020

Helpful guidance on holding AGMs during the COVID-19 outbreak

Corporate Partner, Nick Williams provides insight into how your business can host AGMs during the COVID-19 outbreak

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19/03/2020

Evictions banned during national emergency

Emily Wood considers the emergency legislation proposed to protect tenants from possession proceedings during current pandemic

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18/03/2020

Coronavirus: key issues for employers #2

The coronavirus outbreak raises a host of difficult legal issues for employers. Will Walsh addresses the most common.

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05/03/2020

Can your business take the strain?

The impact of coronavirus on distribution and supply chains will be felt from some considerable time; Rebecca Leeves shares her thoughts on how to protect your business

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27/02/2020

Coronavirus: key issues for employers

The coronavirus outbreak raises a number of difficult legal issues for employers of staff who have travelled from or with plans to visit affected areas. Employment Partner Will Walsh addresses the most common questions.

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