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COVID-19 and force majeure

COVID-19 and force majeure The COVID-19 pandemic is placing considerable strain on businesses, making it difficult or impossible to meet pre-existing contractual obligations. Contracts routinely contain a force majeure clause, that is, a clause that sets out the consequences of what happens if a party is prevented from performing the contract in circumstances that are […]

Tags: Commercial, General Civil

COVID 19 UPDATE 16th APRIL 2020

COVID 19 UPDATE 16th APRIL 2020 I have set out in full in this blog what is believed to be the final version of the Covid Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). I have not had the opportunity to read it in any detail however it does appear that there are now two key dates 28th February […]

Tags: Employment

Covid Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – 14th April 2020

There is a webinar which HMRC are running at the moment on the Covid Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). I have copied the link to a page where you can sign up for the webinar. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19 The webinar was informative and I would recommend it to all those who are advising on or considering using the […]

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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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COVID 19 UPDATE 6th APRIL 2020

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. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 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 https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Temporary-IPD-April-2020_.pdf 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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COVID 19 UPDATE 1st APRIL 2020

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. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme It is worth noting that employment law has not been […]

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