COVID 19 UPDATE – Furlough scheme – 9th APRIL 2020

Two matters to update on the furlough scheme. It has been confirmed that staff who TUPE transferred after 28th February 2020 can be furloughed by the transferee. Staff who are on holiday do not qualify for furlough pay and should be paid by the employer their full pay whilst on holiday. This is important as […]

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I am afraid the updates in these difficult times keep on coming thick and fast. There has been some further clarification on the furlough scheme. However there are still a number of issues which have not yet been fully addressed such as taking holiday whilst on furlough, sick pay whilst furloughed and TUPE. For […]

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Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction

Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction A Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction (“TIPD”) drafted by Mr Justice Zacaroli, Chief ICCJ Briggs, Mr Justice Snowden and Mr Justice Marcus Smith came into force on 6 April 2020 and will remain in force until 1 October 2020 unless amended or revoked. TIPD can be found at Its purpose is […]

Tags: Commercial, General Civil, Insolvency

Covid 19 – 3rd April 2020 update

COVID 19 UPDATE 3rd APRIL 2020 Further to my update earlier in the week there have been more developments in relation to Tribunal hearings. The President has now produced an FAQs document. This document states (contrary to what I recommended in my last update to keep on preparing) that all directions in cases to be […]

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On 19th March 2020 it was directed that all in-person hearings (hearings where the parties are expected to be in attendance at a tribunal hearing centre) from 23rd March 2020 onwards are to be converted to a case management hearing by telephone or other electronic means which will take place (unless parties are advised otherwise) […]

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Covid 19 – updated Employment links 27th March 2020

I have set out below some further useful links which I have come across during this rather hectic and difficult week. Here is the link to the Government furlough guidance. The scheme is known as the Corvid Job Retention Scheme. The scheme is self-explanatory. It is worth noting that employment law has not been […]

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Covid 19 – Useful links for Employment Law Practitioners – March 2020

I thought it might be helpful to reproduce in our blog information in an email sent out today by the Employment Lawyers Association containing a number of useful links. Acas: Guidance for employers and employees from Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, an independent body funded by the Government, is available here: NHS: Health-related […]

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THE PAG REPORT  WHAT THE PRACTITIONER NEEDS TO KNOW! Part 7.  OFFSETTING Apples & Pears The PAG report confirms: Most negligence claims concern pension offsetting; The CE is not usually a good way to look at offsetting – especially when there are DB pensions – lawyers should not attempt to ‘estimate’ (guess) the appropriate offsetting […]

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DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION: LONG-TERM REQUIREMENT Section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA)  states as follows: (1) A person (P) has a disability if— (a) P has a physical or mental impairment, and (b) the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on P’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. …..”   Paragraph 2 […]

Landlord Advice Companies in Litigation – Help or Hindrance?

For individual landlords unfamiliar with the courts, recovering possession from tenants must often seem like a daunting proposition. It is therefore unsurprising that many such landlords turn to the wide variety of landlord advice companies that advertise support and assistance. These advice companies often offer different ‘packages’, ranging from simply drafting letters before action to […]

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