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Is lockdown lawful?

England had been in “lockdown” for more than 100 days when the High Court heard submissions from both parties in the crowdfunded judicial review case known as The Queen on the application of Dolan -v- The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (1) The Secretary of State for Education (2) concerning a challenge […]

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The Business and Planning Bill

The Government has now laid the Business and Planning Bill before Parliament which includes more details of the planning measures, outlined in our previous blog ‘New planning measures to boost construction post lock down’. Extending the Implementation Deadline of Full Planning Permissions Full permissions in England which are subject to conditions which require development to […]

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Contracts of Supply: Retention of Title Clauses

With the government beginning to lift some of the restrictions imposed after the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of businesses are able to trade again for the first time in three months. However, the severity of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic is likely to hit many businesses hard and some will not survive. When […]

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New planning measures to boost construction industry post lockdown

Extending Planning Permission Deadlines All planning permissions include a planning condition which requires work to begin within a specified period of time. For full planning permissions this period is usually three years from the date of the planning permission. Outline planning permissions usually require reserved matters to be submitted within three years of the date […]

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Furlough fraud

HMRC reported last week that, since April, it has received over 3,000 reports of ‘furlough fraud’ whereby employers are alleged to have abused the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme). Given the nature of the Scheme and the speed with which it was introduced, it is hardly surprising that it is open to abuse. Some may […]

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Business Tenancies and Coronavirus: Rights of re-entry

Our previous blog post, ‘Stay on possession and enforcement proceedings extended to 23rd August’, considered how the current moratorium on possession proceedings brought in the courts under part 55 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR 55) was recently extended. There is however a further possibility which should be considered in respect of business tenancies: whether […]

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COVID-19: The future of business

As we move towards the lifting of the lockdown restrictions, predicting the timing or robustness of the economic restart is somewhat akin to looking into a translucent crystal ball. What COVID-19 has done however, is provide an opportunity to clearly identify the rising trends. Life after lockdown may well have some semblance to life before […]

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Flexible furlough guidance issued

On Friday evening the government issued further guidance on how the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) flexible furlough arrangements will work from 1 July 2020. The key points to note are: Only employees who had been furloughed for a minimum of 3 weeks prior to 30 June 2020 are eligible to be furloughed. However, […]

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Stay on possession and enforcement proceedings extended to 23rd August

Renters across England and Wales have been granted a further reprieve from any possible evictions after the government announced that the moratorium on residential possession claims and evictions is to be extended until 23 August 2020. The extension applies to both private and public sector landlords. The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020, […]

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Does Covid-19 herald a right to disconnect from work at home?

Since lockdown was imposed on the UK and employees were encouraged not to attend work if they were able to work from home, many employees have experienced a new, and in some cases alien, way of working. Spare rooms and kitchen tables up and down the country have been converted into makeshift offices for who […]

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