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Coronavirus and child contact: Update following ‘lockdown’

Further to our previous blog post on this topic, dated Wednesday 18 March 2020, the circumstances have undoubtedly moved on and the Government has now extended the advice and requirements surrounding Covid-19. It’s important that you keep up to date with the advice from the Government and the NHS and know the current updates, which […]

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UK in lockdown: What we know so far

Last night the nation listened as the Prime Minister set out stricter measures to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Boris Johnson made it clear that we are to leave our houses only for essential food shopping and the collection of medication, to exercise, and, assuming you cannot work from home, to travel […]

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Covid-19: Buying and selling your home

It’s safe to say that our homes are sacred to us, and if buying and selling your house wasn’t difficult enough, as a nation we now face new challenges. Over the last 15 years the housing market has had to deal with a great level of turmoil and uncertainty including a global recession, political turmoil, […]

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Furlough: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Friday afternoon the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced an unprecedented package of measures to support the UK economy through the COVID-19 crisis. The government aims to help employers to retain their staff when they may otherwise have had to make them redundant. At the time of writing we have scant information on how the Coronavirus […]

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Covid-19 Expanded Retail Discount

As the Covid-19 crisis has started to unfold, the Government has taken steps to alleviate economic suffering for many retail, leisure and hospitality businesses that are paying business rates, in the form of the Expanded Retail Discount. The Government had previously announced that there would be a discount on business rates for retail businesses and […]

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GDPR Compliance: Implications of working from home for employers

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this week, many employers have followed government advice to allow employees to work from home to reduce the spread of Covid-19. However, employers should be aware that despite this advice, they still have a responsibility to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We have listed below some points for employers […]

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Coronavirus: Commercial Considerations

On Wednesday 11 March 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was elevated to “pandemic” status by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This was then followed by the announcement of Rishi Sunak’s budget for 2020, which included a number of policies aimed at helping businesses navigate through the rising panic, and which has been coined “The Coronavirus Budget”. […]

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School closures: home working, flexible working & parental leave

The majority of UK schools – and nurseries – will be closed by the end of this week in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. But what are working parents’ rights to change their way of working or to take time-off? Boris Johnson has confirmed that schools across the UK will shut by the […]

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Coronavirus and your child contact arrangements

This is undoubtedly a period of adjustment for us all. However, for parents who are separated and have spent time carefully considering the arrangements for the children following their separation, or are still navigating the court system to finalise the arrangements, this period of disruption is likely to throw up additional challenges. To help you […]

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Coronavirus: Lay-offs and short time working

With the anxiety surrounding Coronavirus escalating, employers are becoming increasingly concerned about business continuity. Will they be able to pay staff if sickness absence or self-isolation substantially affects cash flow? If, as is widely speculated, schools are closed and large public gatherings banned, and this causes business closures, will employees still have to be paid? […]

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