We recognise that these are challenging times for our clients, and we will regularly provide advice and updates on how to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Use the links below to take you to the most recent articles from our team on the legal, regulatory and commercial implications of the current disruption.

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Legal Insights

Chancellor announces new Job Support Scheme

Jack Balmer

On Thursday morning, the Chancellor announced the Government’s latest support measure for employers as a result of the pandemic. The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will come into effect on 1 November 2020 and will run for a period of six months, effectively replacing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and “furlough” leave when they end on... ...

High Court ruling on business interruption claims

Edel McCullagh

The High Court in London has decided in favour of the FCA following an expedited hearing to resolve disputes between various insurers and their policyholders as to whether their Business Interruption policies covered losses sustained as a result of Covid-related lockdowns.   The FCA made the case for policyholders that the ‘disease’ and/or ‘denial of... ...

Coronavirus: Employment law updates for September 2020

Jack Balmer

The support available to employers under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue to decease in September, as the scheme enters its penultimate month before closing at the end of October.   Employers who have furloughed employees should take the following changes into account:   The grant support available under the Scheme will reduce again,... ...

WEBINAR: Covid-19 Business Recovery – Employment Law Update

The second of two webinars delivered in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council.  Many businesses are concerned about the end of the Furlough Scheme and are seeking advice on how to identify options for the business and employees. Topics such as redundancy and how to deal with potential local lockdowns are addressed by... ...

WEBINAR: Covid-19 Business Recovery – Property and H&S updates

The first of two webinars delivered in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council This webinar addresses the property legal framework as well as health and safety measures for businesses, employees and customers. The information is not sector specific and most companies can benefit from the expertise provided by our partners. Details and areas... ...

Coronavirus: Employment law updates for August 2020

Jack Balmer

Employers should take note of several important changes which will come into effect in August, as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme continues to wind down and public health guidance changes.   Job Retention Scheme: The grant support available to employers under the Scheme will reduce in August for the first time. While the Government will... ...

The Use of Electronic Signatures in Property Transactions

Chris Milligan

The Land Registry in England and Wales has confirmed from yesterday, 27 July 2020 and until further notice, it will accept witnessed electronic signatures for registration of certain deeds (including transfers, leases and discharges and releases). This marks a further step forward from the recent announcement that deeds which had been signed using the “Mercury... ...

The Chancellor’s Summer Statement July 2020

Fiona Kirkpatrick

When it was initially announced that a “mini-budget” would take place in July, there was understandable speculation that it would be used as a an opportunity for the Chancellor to raise some much needed revenue to reduce the deficit caused by the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and other emergency measures which have been introduced... ...

Code of Practice for Commercial Property Relationships during the Covid-19 Pandemic

A new Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic was published by the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke MP, on 19 June 2020.  It can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice-for-the-commercial-property-sector/code-of-practice-for-commercial-property-relationships-during-the-covid-19-pandemic   Helpfully, this Code of Practice is expressly stated to apply to Northern Ireland too.  Unhelpfully, it is... ...

Details released on flexible furlough scheme

Jack Balmer

On Saturday 13 June, the Government updated the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with much anticipated details on how “flexible furlough” will operate and further clarification on how the Scheme will wind down. The key details are below.   Scheme updates The Scheme is closed to new entrants, with limited exception. From 1 July, it will... ...