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Blog and comments on the latest Covid-19/coronavirus developments and the impact the pandemic is having on individuals and businesses from a legal perspective. 

Through a combination of agile, remote working and office presence we remain operational and able to assist our clients. We can do this in many different ways and you can read about those here. You can also read our policy on Covid-19

The impact of COVID-19 on our health

Tom Mooney
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As restrictions are gradually eased, and we take our first tentative steps towards a new normal, we are only now able to begin to truly appreciate the significant impact that the recent pandemic has had, and will have, on everyday life. At the time of...

What is furlough fraud?

Correna Platt
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), also known as the furlough scheme, is the provision made by the UK government to assist businesses with retaining workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme pays a percentage of the wages of employees...

Can it be illegal to have consensual sex with your partner who resides in a different household?

Correna Platt
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As of today the answer is yes! On the 1st June 2020 an amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus restrictions) Bill states: No person may without reasonable excuse stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living No...

Increased sentences considered for assaults on emergency workers

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There have been a number of reports in the media of key workers being spat at or coughed on by people telling them that they have COVID-19. Due to this the Independent Sentencing Council are reviewing sentences for assaults on emergency workers. An...

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Stephen Woodhouse
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce today, changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. At present, the scheme allows employers to furlough staff, with employees receiving 80% of their normal monthly salary (up to £2,500) covered in...

Coronavirus Act 2020

Colin Rawson
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The Coronavirus Act 2020 was rushed through parliament earlier this year to grant emergency powers to handle the COVID 19 pandemic. The act was implemented to try and control the spread of the disease. Two provisions of the act allow the government...

Can I make a Will during lockdown?

Jill Rushton
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It may be the worry of the outcome of the pandemic or it may be the case that we just have a little more time to think about what matters to us that is leading us all to think about finally getting around to making a Will or updating an existing...

Is it possible to apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney during COVID-19?

Jill Rushton
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In the last 5 years the number of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) applications made to the Office of Public Guardianship (OPG) has increased dramatically each year and they received just short of 900,000 applications in the last 12 months with there...

Reports of serious speeding offences during lockdown

Paul Loughlin
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As the roads are quieter with less people travelling to work and following government advice to stay home, it would be reasonable to expect a significant fall in the number of speeding offences . Looking at previous annual figures they still remain at...

Rent reductions and rent holidays - guidance for commercial landlords

Kate Bullen
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Do you own an investment property? Are you a landlord of commercial or business premises? Has your tenant asked you for a rent free period or rent payment holiday? We are finding increasingly that our landlord clients are being approached by their tenants...

HSE guidance for businesses during coronavirus pandemic

Brea Carney-Jones
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued  guidance aimed at businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which is helpful for business owners. Among other things, the guidance says that: Only those defined as key workers, where...

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - personal guarantee update

Julie Hunter
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Following the widespread criticism of the requirement for directors to give their personal guarantees to secure lending under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the government has announced that personal guarantees can now only be...

Contact with relatives in care homes during coronavirus pandemic

Sophie Maloney
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The Court of Protection is a specialist court that safeguards the rights of the most vulnerable people in society. With the coronavirus pandemic leading to increased restrictions on vulnerable adults in care settings, including stopping all visits from...

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - advice to owners and directors providing personal guarantees

Julie Hunter
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The government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (BIL) went live on 23 March 2020 and is intended to support SMEs by providing access to loans, overdrafts, invoice and asset finance which they cannot otherwise obtain, of up to £5m...

What to do if your MOT is due during COVID-19

Elizabeth Groom
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Following recent government guidance, an update has been provided in relation to how to deal with the general road worthiness of your vehicle in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, a vehicles MOT would be due every year, once the vehicle is three...

Coronavirus and employment law - what are my rights?

Martha McKinley
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Many businesses and their employees are facing a great deal of uncertainty at the moment. With the government announcing a series of measures to help protect workers and support them through this period, many of us have lots of questions about our legal...

Landlords - how to protect your commercial investments during Covid-19

Neil Marshall
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In response to the coronavirus outbreak the government has put a number of measures in place to support businesses that may have been adversely financially impacted. Boris Johnson ordered all but essential shops to close last Tuesday due to Covid-19 in...

Can I be laid off work during the coronavirus pandemic?

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The government has introduced furlough leave under the newly created coronavirus job retention scheme. This is to enable employers to temporarily ask staff to stay at home without pay but still be kept on the company payroll. The employer can then apply...

Co-parenting advice during the coronavirus pandemic

Emma Roberts
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Emma Roberts , associate solicitor specialises in family law . Here she offers advice around the legal responsibilities of co-parents during the coronavirus pandemic. It can be difficult at the best of times to agree and maintain child...

Buying and selling a property during the coronavirus pandemic

Natalie Bradley
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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been keenly felt in the UK’s housing market over the past few weeks and looks likely to slow down the speed with which people can buy and sell their homes. Government guidance issued on 26 March urges those...

Coronavirus and the rise of racial discrimination

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It has been noted in recent news articles regarding the Coronavirus outbreak that there has been an increase in race discrimination in the UK. One news article published by T he Guardian  referred to an account of one student living...

The impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on social care assessment and support

Sophie Maloney
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The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 25 March 2020. This is temporary legislation which has a huge impact on vulnerable adults in need of, and currently receiving, social care support. Key duties imposed under the Care Act 2014 are now suspended,...

COVID-19 - Commercial property evictions

Beth Middleton
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In light of the current pandemic, the government has introduced emergency legislation which orders a moratorium on commercial landlord sanctions for a period of at least three months. This means that during this time, landlords will not be able to exercise...

Coronavirus and children in care or care proceedings

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With the current health crisis, and government guidance about what we should be doing to stay safe constantly updating, it is a very stressful and uncertain time for everyone. Parents, family members and children in care or involved in court proceedings...

Child arrangements and coronavirus

Emma Roberts
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It can be difficult at the best of times to agree and maintain child arrangements , however we understand this can significantly increase when the government advises everyone to practice voluntary quarantine and schools close. We have put together some...

Published Court of Protection guidance for legal professionals arising from COVID-19

Megan Taylor
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The Honourable Mr Justice Hayden, vice president of the Court of Protection, has recently published guidance for judges and practitioners in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visits to vulnerable clients Many of the individuals subject to Court of...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Impact on possession claims

Andrew Whitehead
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The government has announced that it will be taking emergency measures to suspend new evictions from private or social rented accommodation during the coronavirus outbreak. It is anticipated that there will be a ban on new possession proceeding...

School governance in times of crisis and social isolation

Mike Pemberton
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As the chair of governors at a maintained school, a recent question has arisen as to how we can conduct the governance business required whilst there are recommendations that face to face contact is avoided . The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and...

COVID-19: is your business immune from liability under your contracts?

Julie Hunter
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The outbreak of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to businesses in the UK. The impact on supply chains, transport and international travel is causing businesses to consider the impact of coronavirus on their current...