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

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... ...

WEBINAR: Planning a Return to the Workplace

On Thursday 11 June, Tughans continued with the successful series of webinars in partnership with IoD NI, this time focusing on considerations for employers who are planning a return to the workplace. Participants heard from industry experts on how NI businesses have pivoted to react to the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges they have faced and how... ...

Reopening the Land Registry of Northern Ireland

Gavin Robinson

As the Land Registry begins to resume some of its functionality, Gavin Robinson (Associate Solicitor) keeps us up to date on how it proposes to deal with applications, going forward from 8 June 2020 (the “Reopening Date”):   any priority note currently registered with an expiry date falling between 25 March 2020 and the Reopening... ...

Government announces plan to wind down the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Jack Balmer

On Friday evening the Chancellor announced further details on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will wind-down before closing at the end of October. The key points are as follows.   The Scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June 2020, and claims can only be made for employees who have been furloughed for... ...

Returning to the Workplace: Health & Safety Guidance for Employers

Pauline Walker

It is currently anticipated that we will see some of the restrictions on businesses being relaxed over the coming months with employees returning to the workplace where possible. The UK Government has already confirmed that those working in the construction and manufacturing industries in England and Wales can return to work if the required health... ...

WEBINAR: Legislative Changes that will Impact your Cash Flow

Andrew Kirke

On Tuesday 18 May, Tughans teamed up with Digital DNA to deliver a webinar providing an overview of some key support measures and strategies available to help NI businesses manage cash flow during the coronavirus lock down. It is based on an original Tughans article, which you can access here. The webinar was hosted by DDNA... ...

WEBINAR: The Impact of Coronavirus on Manufacturing

James Donnelly

This webinar first aired on Friday 24 April 2020, hosted by Kirsty McManus (NI Director, IoD) and features Tej Parikh (IoD Chief Economist), Stephen Kelly (CEO, Manufacturing NI), Anna Beggan (Employment Partner, Tughans), James Donnelly (Corporate Partner, Tughans) and Andrew Kirke (Contracts & IT Director, Tughans). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRESENTATION WITH Q&A LASTS 60... ...

Update on the Future Fund

Brendan Donnelly

The UK Government has now provided some further detail around the Future Fund which opens for applications from Wednesday 20th May. Rather than reiterate some of the basic eligibility criteria as outlined in my previous article (available here) I thought it would be useful to provide a quick summary of the key updates.   Application... ...

Can an employer commence a redundancy process whilst staff are on furlough?

The employer must have a valid ground for redundancy e.g. that unfortunately, the business will close, or can identify a clear reduction in work to be undertaken by employees. If there is a genuine risk of redundancy, the Company could commence consultation whilst staff are furloughed.   The employer must review how many staff are... ...

Director’s duties during lockdown

Ellen Forester

The Business Secretary, Alok Sharma announced on 28 March 2020 plans to amend insolvency legislation in England and Wales to allow breathing space for directors to include the temporary suspension of the wrongful trading provisions from 1 March 2020 for three months which would apply retrospectively. However, these provisions are yet to come into force... ...