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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) content hub

With unprecedented impacts from the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to affect industry, businesses and supply chains, our content hub aims to keep you up to date with legal news during the current climate.

We will continue to provide COVID-19 legal updates to you on a regular basis. If your business or people are impacted, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Business and Commercial tenants

 

Apr 29: Impact of COVID-19 on telecommunications apparatus. Read more

Apr 28:  Lease frustration and COVID-19.  Read more

Apr 27: Retailers: new government measures to provide further protection for tenants against aggressive rent collection.  Read more 

Apr 14: Could I mitigate my losses by using my premises for other purposes?  Read more

Apr 2: Business Rates Reform – Response to COVID-19 and the 2020 outlook.  Read more

Mar 30: Business Tenant Protection from Forfeiture under the Coronavirus Act 2020.  Read more

Mar 25: COVID-19 and Commercial Tenants' Rights Regarding Rent.  Read more

Business restructuring

Jul 13:  M&A - how due diligence is being changed by coronavirus.  Read more

Apr 28:  Carluccio's serves up a rescue recipe.  Read more

Apr 27: Retailers: new government measures to provide further protection for tenants against aggressive rent collection.  Read more 

Apr 20: COVID-19: the supply chain.  Read more 

Apr 14: Could I mitigate my losses by using my premises for other purposes?  Read more

Apr 9: COVID-19: Good news on wrongful trading provisions but why should directors tread carefully?  Read more 

Mar 31: COVID-19 - The suspension of wrongful trading provisions and a moratorium for businesses in restructuring – what is the likely impact on your business?  Read more

Competition enforcement

Jun 01:  COVID-19: The Dairy Sector and Welsh health services granted temporary UK competition law exemptions and the European Commission issues first 'Comfort Letter' to Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.  Read more

Apr 29: COVID-19: What is the CMA's current approach to UK merger assessment?  Read more 

Apr 6: COVID-19: Coronavirus and competition Law - the current enforcement scene.  Read more

Apr 1: COVID-19: CMA provides guidance to business on its approach to co-operation in response to the pandemic.  Read more

Corporate debt and treasury

04 May: New 100% government-backed loan scheme for small and medium-sized businesses.  Read more

Apr 24: Future fund. Read more

Apr 24: The Financial Ombudsman Service's response to COVID-19. Read more

Apr 20: Regulator urges lenders to carefully consider their responses to borrower's potential breaches of covenants owing to COVID-19. Read more

Apr 9: The new Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Read more

Apr 8: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – attempts to address inaccessibility. Read more

Mar 30: The government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Read more

Court hearings

Jul 10: Hong Kong Courts – Further guidance on remote court hearings.  Read more

Apr 23: COVID-19 – Hong Kong Courts set for phased reopening from May. Read more

Apr 15: Hong Kong Courts – In with the old and the new technology.  Read more 

Apr 15: Hong Kong Court of Appeal hears appeal using video conferencing.  Read more

Apr 15: Hong Kong courts begin use of video conferencing.  Read more

Apr 9:  COVID-19: Trials - the show must go on.  Read more

Apr 9: “Tech, lies and video-conferencing”: The Court’s implementation of remote hearings.  Read more

Mar 27: COVID-19 legal update - Virtual hearings - what we've learned.  Read more

Mar 24: COVID-19 legal update - The official guidance on remote hearings; early engagement is key to success.  Read more

Mar 20: COVID-19 legal update - Impact on court hearings.  Read more

Data and privacy

Jul 13: Restarting your business and implementing Government guidance to support NHS Test and Trace.  Read more

Mar 27: Cybersecurity and COVID-19 - Opportunities for change in the face of challenge.  Read more

Document signing

Apr 14: Signing documents during COVID-19 in Hong Kong.  Read more 

Mar 18: Signing documents during COVID-19.  Read more

Hong Kong updates

Sep 02:  Hong Kong Courts – COVID-19 and Typhoon "Higos".  Read more

Aug 10: Hong Kong Courts – COVID-19 Update.  Read more

Aug 10: Hong Kong – Refusal to regrant injunction that lapsed during general adjournment successfully appealed.  Read more

Jul 10: Hong Kong Courts – Further guidance on remote court hearings.  Read more

Jun 17: Hong Kong Courts – Expansion of use of remote hearings.  Read more

May 22: Hong Kong Courts – Closing the GAP.  Read more 

Apr 29: General adjournment in Hong Kong does not extend duration of ex parte injunction.  Read more

Apr 29:  New virtual insurer for Hong Kong.  Read more

Apr 23: COVID-19 – Hong Kong Courts set for phased reopening from May. Read more

Apr 15: Hong Kong Courts – In with the old and the new technology.  Read more 

Apr 15: Litigation in the time of Coronavirus (Hong Kong - update).  Read more 

Apr 15: Hong Kong Court of Appeal hears appeal using video conferencing.  Read more

Apr 15: Hong Kong courts begin use of video conferencing.  Read more

Apr 14: COVID-19 HK: Employment update.  Read more

Apr 14: Signing documents during COVID-19 in Hong Kong.  Read more

Apr 9: COVID-19 – Hong Kong Courts handling urgent and essential matters.  Read more

Insurance

Jun 22: International risk team: Practical issues resulting from the impact of lockdown restrictions on BI/DSU losses.  Read more

May 28:  Coronavirus – a bumpy road ahead for D&O.  Read more

May 12: Aggregation issues in COVID-19 related claims.  Read more 

May 05: The Atlantik Confidence precautions.  Read more 

Apr 27: COVID-19: The suspension of wrongful trading provisions and a moratorium for businesses in restructuring: what is the likely impact on Insurers?  Read more 

Apr 24: Remedy of Avoidance.  Read more

Apr 22:  International Risk Team: Arbitration in the time of Coronavirus - should Tribunals suspend proceedings?  Read more

Apr 20: Practical briefing: Marine Products.  Read more

Apr 16: International risk team: The impact of COVID-19 on existing business interruption claims.  Read more 

Apr 14: International Risk Team: To repair or not to repair.  Read more 

Apr 7: International risk team: Mitigation in Trade Credit Insurance.  Read more

Apr 2: FCA's expectations of insurance firms.  Read more

Mar 27: Cybersecurity and COVID-19 - Opportunities for change in the face of challenge.  Read more 

Mar 26: Insurance broker E&O exposures - COVID-19.  Read more

Mar 25: The "war" against Coronavirus - implications for the Life Sciences industry when regulations are loosened.  Read more

Mar 23: COVID-19 – Regulatory Update for law firms.  Read more

Mar 20: Insureds likely face uphill battle in seeking coverage for Coronavirus losses in both US & UK.  Read more

Mar 16: Contingency market Coronavirus briefing - event cancellation.  Read more

Mar 12: COVID-19 risk update for UK insurers.  Read more

Feb 21: Coronavirus and its damage to the health of businesses.  Read more

Feb 20: Novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19") and its potential implications for Business Interruption Insurers.  Read more

IP

Apr 9: COVID-19 prompts changes to working arrangements for the Court of Justice of the European Union.  Read more 

Apr 1: EUIPO issues clarification on COVID-19 extension of time for trade mark and design proceedings.  Read more

Litigation

Apr 15: Litigation in the time of Coronavirus (Hong Kong - update).  Read more 

Mar 23: Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the Impact on Litigation.  Read more

 

Medical and life sciences

Apr 15: Back to the Future - a look ahead at medical malpractice issues for COVID-19-related claims.  Read more 

Apr 1: COVID-19 - the battle between fact and fiction.  Read more

Mar 25: The "war" against Coronavirus - implications for the Life Sciences industry when regulations are loosened.  Read more

Regulatory updates and developments

July 06: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: What's changed for companies?  Read more

June 12: The curse of COVID strikes again – implementation of the Home Survey Standard delayed.  Read more

May 28:  Lockdown inspections: Guidance from the RICS.  Read more

May 14: COVID-19 Secure – Government Guidance released.  Read more 

May 12:  RICS Guidance and Key Developments for Surveyors: #2 Coronavirus, valuations and "material uncertainty".  Read more

May 05: Regulated Activities Order amendments for the new Bounce Back Loan Scheme.  Read more

Apr 29: COVID-19: What is the CMA's current approach to UK merger assessment?  Read more

Apr 24: The Financial Ombudsman Service's response to COVID-19. Read more

Apr 20: Regulator urges lenders to carefully consider their responses to borrower's potential breaches of covenants owing to COVID-19. Read more

Apr 8: Architects and COVID-19 – Practical Advice on complying with your Professional Standards.  Read more 

Apr 7: SM&CR temporary arrangements extended to 9 months for FCA solo-regulated firms.  Read more

Apr 6: COVID-19 - Coronavirus and Competition Law - The Current Enforcement Scene.  Read more 

Apr 2: Managing SM&CR during the Coronavirus crisis.  Read more 

Mar 31: COVID-19 key financial workers.  Read more 

Mar 30: COVID-19 forces POS and FOS office closures – what does it mean for complaints?  Read more

Mar 27: New FCA signposting travel insurance rules.  Read more

Mar 27: Key regulatory guidance following COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

Mar 26: COVID-19 legal update – FCA's update for consumers.  Read more 

Mar 23: COVID-19 – Regulatory Update for law firms. Read more

Mar 23: COVID-19 legal update - FCA's update for firms. Read more

Retail

 Jul 07: Restarting your business and implementing Government guidance to support NHS Test and Trace.  Read more

Jun 29: COVID-19 Update on Commercial Tenants' Rights Regarding Rent.  Read more

May 12: Return of the MAC (clauses): renegotiating or exiting your supply chain contracts.  Read more

Apr 16: Give retailers a break, lawyers tell creditors.  Read more 

Apr 14: Could I mitigate my losses by using my premises for other purposes?  Read more 

Apr 3: COVID-19: The groceries sector - temporary competition law exemption comes into force.  Read more

Mar 24: COVID-19 legal update - help for supermarkets and other retailers with competition law compliance in challenging times.  Read more

Mar 9: Transformation and risk – what the future holds for retail.  Read more

Singapore updates

Apr 6: Singapore's COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.  Read more

Tax

Jul 31: The summer of discontent? Read more

Jul 02:  HMRC powers to tackle furlough fraudsters – take action now!  Read more

Apr 16: COVID-19 – Now is not the time for businesses to be complacent.  Read more 

Apr 9: COVID-19: Your workforce – furloughing - act to mitigate the risk of exposure to tax evasion offences as scheme could be open to abuse.  Read more 

Apr 9: COVID-19 and tax residence.  Read more 

Mar 26: COVID-19 forces HMRC to temporarily change its stamp duty processes.  Read more 

Mar 19: Spring budget 2020 - COVID-19 and "time to pay" arrangements.  Read more

Your workforce

Jul 31: The summer of discontent? Read more

May 20:  COVID-19 legal update – Your workforce: Could workers who can work from home (and their employers) break the law by returning to the workplace too soon?  Read more

Apr 9: Your workforce – furloughing - act to mitigate the risk of exposure to tax evasion offences as scheme could be open to abuse.  Read more 

Mar 27: COVID-19 legal update - Your workforce: a Q&A on claiming for wage costs through the Job Retention Scheme.  Read more

Mar 27: COVID-19 legal update - Your workforce: a caution against putting equality on the backburner.  Read more

Mar 24: COVID-19 legal update - Your workforce: pay and costs - practical ideas our clients are exploring.  Read more 

Mar 24: COVID-19 legal update - Your workforce: supporting mental health when home working.  Read more 

Mar 24: COVID-19 legal update - What on earth is "furlough"?  Read more