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Wrongful trading laws relaxed, but directors’ duties remain

Company directors will have taken some comfort from the recent Government announcement that wrongful trading provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 (IA 1986) will be relaxed. However, the details of exactly how the laws will be relaxed are not yet clear, and directors still need to be mindful of their duties under the Companies Act […]

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Is the Coronavirus a “Force Majeure” event?

Businesses around the world are being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak due to supply disruptions, workforce constraints from sickness and self-isolation measures, as well lockdowns and the restriction on the movement of people imposed by the Government. Where possible, businesses are asking their employees to work from home. However, in light of these difficulties businesses, […]

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Covid-19: Residential buyers and sellers, what can you do?

With Easter approaching and summer just around the corner, now may usually be the time that you look forward to having a spring clean or even a fresh start. However, the Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise, putting many of our plans on hold. We are currently being flooded by realms of information, and […]

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Coronavirus & Corporate Transactions: Looking to the Future

There is no denying that the Government enforced business closures and significant decrease in footfall and spending, as a result of the Government #StayHome initiative, have adversely impacted most sectors within the UK economy. This downward trend has been mirrored across the globe and reflected in the markets. Our blogs over the last couple of […]

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Furlough: Some of your questions answered

The announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, with the Government promising to pay 80% of employees’ wages capped at £2,500, left many employers asking a lot of furlough related questions. The Government’s formal Guidance, whilst going some way to providing employers with clarity, has still left many questions unanswered and it remains to be […]

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Domestic Abuse: Protection from harm during ‘lockdown’

The Government’s guidance has now evolved to ‘Staying at home and away from others’. For those in a situation of domestic abuse or at risk of domestic abuse, and home is often not a safe place, there may be questions about the services available and how the guidance will impact them. It’s important to remember […]

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Apprenticeships and Coronavirus: Considerations for Employers

In recent years, the uptake of apprenticeships in many different industries has increased. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many employers are uncertain as to the rules surrounding apprenticeships. What factors should an employer take into consideration when making decisions about apprentices? The Government has given the following specific advice: Training providers are encouraged to […]

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Coronavirus: Business Continuity Planning

Like most countries, the UK has been significantly impacted over the last couple of weeks and continues to face unprecedented challenges.  Here is our summary of five key areas to address when continuity planning for your business. Look after your employees With the current Government guidance requiring everyone to work from home, except where it […]

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Residential Landlord v Tenant v Covid-19

It’s reassuring to hear stories of people rallying to help one-another in these difficult times.  However, in relation to matters involving hard cash, the warmth of human kindness can become a little cool. When it comes to property rentals, landlords and tenants will still want to get the best possible deal out of any tenancy. […]

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The Coronavirus Self-employed Income Support Scheme

Following the announcement that employers can receive help from the government through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, ministers were criticised for the lack of help that was being provided to Britain’s 5 million self-employed workers. Last night Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced measures to support self-employed people who have suffered a loss of income as a […]

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