Coronavirus (COVID-19): practical advice to support your business.

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Coronavirus: If home is not a safe haven for you during the outbreak

The UK is in its second week to stricter self-isolation measures to try and curtail the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The governments restrictions on movement means that victims of domestic abuse are now more vulnerable than ever. Many millions of men and women may be very concerned about what this means for them if they are a victim of domestic abuse.

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Liverpool FC and Waitrose salvage reputations

Ill-judged decisions under pressure are perhaps inevitable. Anyone giving advice about reputation management would hopefully have recommended Liverpool Football Club not to seek to furlough ordinary staff when its playing staff were still on full salaries.

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How to make or amend a will during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown

In English law, to make a valid will, a testator must have their signature to it witnessed by two adult independent witnesses. The current social distancing measures together with self-isolation to protect the particularly elderly and vulnerable, therefore present a challenge for private client practitioners: how do we ensure that wills are valid when we can’t stand within 2 metres of one another?

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Coronavirus: Impact on maintaining contact with care homes residents

A recent Court of Protection decision, BP v Surrey County Council & Anor [2020] EWCOP 17, highlights the difficulties now arising due the Coronavirus pandemic in maintaining contact with our family and friends, especially keeping in touch with those living in care homes.

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Coronavirus: Companies offered potential lifeline

All businesses are now operating in uncharted waters. The government is reviewing its support for businesses on an almost daily basis and, last weekend, the Business Secretary announced a proposed relaxation of the law around ‘wrongful trading’ for 3 months.

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Coronavirus: Impact on commercial rents - Advice for landlords

Unsurprisingly we are hearing from landlords, following the March quarter date, of requests from tenants for rental holidays in the light of a drop in business caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Varying a will after someone has died: what are the rules and how can I do it?

The coronavirus pandemic and the fundamental way in which it has changed everyone’s lives so unexpectedly and so quickly means that more people than ever are thinking about their personal circumstances.

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Coronavirus: essential companies needing a letter of proof

Police forces across the UK have been stopping drivers to check they are making essential-only journeys and that has been causing red-tape headaches for companies.

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Coronavirus: essential business guide

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Covid-19 - legal insights

There's no doubt, the rapid spread of coronavirus is a challenge not only to public health, but it also poses a considerable challenge for everyone trying to go about their day to day life. Every effort is being made to stop and contain the spread of the virus.

However, the impact to businesses is significant. 

The situation is being continually assessed by the UK Government, our clients and our legal team. With the plans we have implemented, rest assured that we are able to continue to deliver our usual high levels of service to all our clients no matter what the issue. 

This situation is changing daily, with new advice and updates coming from the Government. We will keep updating this page regularly to offer clients the most up to date advice.

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Coronavirus: Avoiding reputation mis-steps

As the Coronavirus crisis forces businesses to adapt, reports are filtering through of a number making a series of easily avoidable mistakes either in pursuit of their bottom line; an effort to capitalise on a sales opportunity; or by simple carelessness.

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Coronavirus: Business interruption insurance update

If you purchased business interruption cover (BI), you might have insurance to pay losses while you cannot trade. You will need to have one or two of the most common BI extension clauses and cover will depend very much on the wording of that clause.

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Coronavirus: the impact on construction supply chains

Preserving your supply chains in the wake of COVID-19: the construction industry and builders merchants. On Monday evening, the Government announced the latest raft of restrictions that would apply to businesses and individuals to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: the impact on conveyancing

The news today that the Government has moved to help bring some clarity to the housing market in these unprecedented times has to be welcomed.

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Coronavirus: why should you write a will?

At present, it’s hard to miss the daily news reports regarding the growing number of cases of coronavirus and, sadly, the subsequent deaths. As the situation and lock-down looks set to continue over the next few weeks, or potentially months, we expect to receive increasing numbers of enquiries about making a will.

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Coronavirus: commercial tenants protected from eviction

The Government has announced extra protection for businesses by placing a moratorium on commercial landlords’ sanctions for at least three months so that those who cannot pay their rent because of cashflow difficulties related to the coronavirus will be protected from eviction.

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Coronavirus: Steps to consider when writing your will

The knock-on effect of the spread of coronavirus on all our lives cannot be underestimated and it is not surprising that many of us are worried about our personal safety and that of our families.

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Coronavirus: Impact on child arrangements

It is currently difficult to address issues caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis without worrying that it will have become overtaken by events by the time anyone gets to read it. At the time of writing (25th March) the UK is one day into stricter self-isolating measures in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus: should I be making a power of attorney?

Given the unprecedented times we are facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, your thoughts may be ‘how can my financial affairs be dealt with if I am ill or isolating?’ The solution is a power of attorney.

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Coronavirus: the impact on recovering debts

As the negative impact on the global economy from the coronavirus pandemic is revealed as far more damaging than initially anticipated by commentators at the beginning of the outbreak in China, businesses face important questions about how they can recover debts in these exceptional times.

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Coronavirus: Agricultural supply chains

For many farmers their supply chain is the least of their worries. The biggest worry for many is a labour shortage because of border closures thus preventing many of the foreign workers, on which the industry relies, getting to the UK. The farmer has a market – getting the product to it is the challenge.

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Coronavirus: Preserving your business and protecting the nation

Restaurants are closed for everything except take away services. Supermarkets are struggling to supply staples, but the nation still needs feeding. Most workers will be eating at home rather than in and around the workplace for some time to come. The recipe for feeding the nation has changed with immediate effect, by government order.

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Coronavirus: protecting your business reputation

Whilst most businesses are understandably husbanding every penny and looking to cut costs to survive the coronavirus crisis, you must be strategic about your survival tactics. If not, you may find that your actions mean that you have no business left after the crisis has abated.

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Coronavirus: furloughed workers and what it means for business

The Chancellor has announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, designed to help businesses that would otherwise be forced to lay off staff in the face of the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: financial support for business

The Chancellor has announced a raft of measures to support business large and small through the coronavirus outbreak. Undoubtedly the government will monitor the impact of its support package closely and we anticipate that more changes will filter through as it starts to take effect.

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Coronavirus: available public money to help the construction industry

The construction industry has a number of vocal supporters but, nonetheless, we must keep pushing government to do more. Liquidity and cashflow have never been more important.

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Coronavirus: some practical points for the construction industry

Materials coming from China are likely to be in limited supply given the two or so months of limited to zero production from some plants but, as the virus spreads through Europe, the impact will become more wide-reaching.

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Coronavirus: who are key workers and what happens now?

Yesterday the government published an official guidance note for schools, colleges and local authorities. It covers who key workers are, and under what circumstances their children will continue to attend school.

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Coronavirus - farmers aren’t so isolated!

Many in agriculture will be looking on self-isolation as more of a way of life than an active change. Many can go days or weeks without seeing anyone other than their families, employees and regular callers at the farm, such as the feed lorry driver.

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Data protection in light of coronavirus

A statement recently published by the ICO confirms its understanding that the processing of personal data may be affected by the needs of an organisation when addressing the impact, and attempting to limit the spread, of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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Coronavirus: the impact on the construction industry

In these uncertain times, we are aware that parties operating within the construction industry at all levels need reassurance on how to manage the problems they are likely to face in the near future.

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Coronavirus: questions about your family affairs answered?

We have seen a considerable increase in the number of enquiries from clients over the last few days across a range of issues. Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to share these with you to try and allay any concerns you may have during this very uncertain period.

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Coronavirus and insurance

Many businesses will have insurance to pay losses when their business is interrupted by an unforeseen event. This extends in some cases to illness and we set out below some areas for businesses to consider as they grapple with the current unprecedented challenge of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus and immigration: double trouble for employers

On the day that the Government unveils its long-expected revised Immigration Bill to re-balance the immigration system and end Free Movement for EEA nationals from 2021, it faces another priority: escalating the response to COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: briefing guide for employers

If you are unsure how to handle your employment law matters in light of coronavirus, our employment law team have produced an essential "Briefing guide to coronavirus for employers and absence options" which will give you the insight you need to see you through a variety of issues.

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Coronavirus: the economic implications for businesses

The outbreak of the Coronavirus has caused a serious and evolving health crisis which will continue to present significant challenges to our everyday lives.

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Coronavirus: residential landlords – latest government guidance

On Wednesday 18 March, the government announced measures in an attempt to provide some reassurance for both residential landlords and tenants. We are not sure how reassured either landlords or tenants will be.

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The effect of coronavirus on UK landlords

The World Health Organisation has recognised Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a public health emergency of international concern which has caused the UK real estate market to take a hit.

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Coronavirus: financial pressures for retail, hospitality and other businesses

Commercial leases are unlikely to include provision for rent suspension in circumstances of a health epidemic and tenants will be left to try and negotiate a rent-free period or discounted rent with their landlord.

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Coronavirus: questions for businesses

The impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on business has been unprecedented. At Wright Hassall we have put together a dedicated team to look at all the issues businesses are facing.

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Coronavirus and tech supply chains: dealing with strains and broken links in the chain

Each tech company will have their own way of managing disputes, and each individual supply contract will be probably be on differing terms all the way up and down the chain. Despite this, there are a number of overarching practical and legal considerations that you should bear in mind when making risk-based decisions.

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What does coronavirus mean for commercial contracts?

Now that the World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global health emergency, we consider the impact on businesses that may be affected and what companies should be looking at in order to protect their operations.

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Coronavirus self-isolation; what employers need to know

Public Health England (PHE) has advised that individuals who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. However, for employers, what is the legal position on allowing their employees to do so?

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Coronavirus: questions for individuals

We have put together a dedicated team to look at all the issues you and your family may be facing. These are wide ranging and complex, particularly as the situation changes from day-to-day.

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How coronavirus (Covid-19) might affect charities and not for profits

Charities, like everyone else, may find themselves struggling to adapt to the fast-moving situation created by Covid-19, however it’s incredibly important to ensure these organisations are in a position to provide their services and support in the current climate.

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Coronavirus under the contractual microscope – some potential cures for contract problems

It is not easy to be legally excused from performing contractual obligations, but in some circumstances it may be possible.

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Coronavirus: wrongful trading laws to be suspended

There will undoubtedly be many directors who, increasingly concerned about the solvency of their businesses and their potential exposure to personal liability for trading whilst insolvent, may have been considering whether to shut down during this pandemic.

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