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Mental health and wellbeing in the insurance industry

14 April 2020

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Welcome to Insurance Covered! The podcast that looks at the inner workings of the insurance industry with the help of expert guests. This week we have Nick Bloy, Founder of Wellbeing Republic, and the topic of discussion will be mental health and wellbeing with a particular focus on the insurance industry. Nick talks about his career journey, starting as a lawyer before moving into a mental health and well being role.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #4 - investigations panel stage

Published on 14 April 2020. By Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

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Further to our previous three articles which provided (1) an overview of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process and (2) a review of the complaints stage (3) the review stage, this article explains the next stage of a disciplinary investigation against an Architect: the investigations panel stage.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #4 - investigations panel stage

Published on 14 April 2020. By Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

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Further to our previous three articles which provided (1) an overview of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process and (2) a review of the complaints stage (3) the review stage, this article explains the next stage of a disciplinary investigation against an Architect: the investigations panel stage.

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Could I mitigate my losses by using my premises for other purposes?

Published on 14 April 2020. By Catherine Young, Associate

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With the inevitable impact of the coronavirus on retail businesses, many will be looking to mitigate their losses. One obvious way of doing this would be to use their premises, often their single largest overhead, for other uses. But is this possible and what must you consider?

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Could I mitigate my losses by using my premises for other purposes?

Published on 14 April 2020. By Catherine Young, Associate

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With the inevitable impact of the coronavirus on retail businesses, many will be looking to mitigate their losses. One obvious way of doing this would be to use their premises, often their single largest overhead, for other uses. But is this possible and what must you consider?

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COVID-19 HK: Employment Update

Published on 14 April 2020. By Jason Carmichael, Partner and Beverly Yee, Senior Associate

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is anticipated that more and more businesses will need to make plans for cost-cutting measures.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 10

Published on 10 April 2020. By Richard Breavington, Partner and Christopher Ashton, Associate and Rachel Ford, Associate

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Welcome to Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly roundup of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

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

Published on 09 April 2020. By Tim Moynihan, Partner

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The Government has launched a number of initiatives to assist companies and businesses to trade through the current financial stress. But what should directors still be aware of as they steer their organisations through these unprecedented times?

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COVID-19 prompts changes to working arrangements for the Court of Justice of the European Union

Published on 09 April 2020. By Louise Morgan, Senior Associate and Alessandro Cerri, Associate

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Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CJEU announced, on 19 March 2020, that it will be temporarily changing its working arrangements.

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

Published on 09 April 2020. By Alice Kemp, Senior Associate (Employed Barrister)

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Jim Harra, Chief Executive at HMRC, has informed a Treasury Committee meeting that he expects the government's multi-billion pound employee furlough scheme to be targeted by criminals seeking to exploit the £60 billion pledged in Chancellor Rishi Sunak's unprecedented Coronavirus protection package.

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

Published on 09 April 2020. By Alice Kemp, Senior Associate (Employed Barrister)

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Jim Harra, Chief Executive at HMRC, has informed a Treasury Committee meeting that he expects the government's multi-billion pound employee furlough scheme to be targeted by criminals seeking to exploit the £60 billion pledged in Chancellor Rishi Sunak's unprecedented Coronavirus protection package.

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COVID-19: Trials - the show must go on

Published on 09 April 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

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Judges are taking to heart the HMCTS's guidance focused on encouraging judges to maximise the use of video and telephone hearings using current technology. So, while the theatres in the UK remain closed, the theatres of justice continue with their activities.

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COVID-19: Trials - the show must go on

Published on 09 April 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

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Judges are taking to heart the HMCTS's guidance focused on encouraging judges to maximise the use of video and telephone hearings using current technology. So, while the theatres in the UK remain closed, the theatres of justice continue with their activities.

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“Tech, lies and video-conferencing”: The Court’s implementation of remote hearings

09 April 2020

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Perhaps very few legal practitioners would have thought that an establishment so rooted in 19th century custom and tradition would be so willing to adopt comparatively modern means of navigating the logistical challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The new Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Published on 09 April 2020. By Sukh Ahark, Partner and Lauren Murphy, Associate

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The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) is designed to allow larger businesses to access emergency funding and to give banks the confidence to lend to many more businesses which are impacted by coronavirus.

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COVID-19 and tax residence

Published on 09 April 2020. By Ben Roberts, Partner

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This blog considers the potential risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to maintaining offshore tax structures.

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COVID-19 and tax residence

Published on 09 April 2020. By Ben Roberts, Partner

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This blog considers the potential risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to maintaining offshore tax structures.

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COVID-19 – Hong Kong Courts handling urgent and essential matters

Published on 09 April 2020. By Charles Allen, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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On 8 April 2020, the Hong Kong Judiciary announced that the general adjourned period ("GAP") for court proceedings will continue until at least 3 May 2020. During the GAP, court registries and offices are, for the most part, closed. However, the GAP does not apply to "urgent and essential court hearings and/or matters".

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International risk team: Practical suggestions for prompt payment on complex claims

08 April 2020

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In the current climate, settling claims and getting funds to an assured promptly is as vital now as it ever was.

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Parental controls: when does standing consent put subsidiaries' documents within its parent's control?

Published on 08 April 2020. By Tim Brown, Partner and Karina Plain, Associate (Australian qualified)

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A parent company does not exercise control over the documents of, or held by, its subsidiaries merely by virtue of its shareholdings in those subsidiaries.(1).

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Sports Ticker 10 – Mercedes F1, Newcastle Falcons promotion and Tokyo 2020 delayed

Published on 08 April 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – attempts to address inaccessibility

Published on 08 April 2020. By Sukh Ahark, Partner and Lauren Murphy, Associate

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The UK Government has implemented changes to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme in recognition of barriers faced by SMEs attempting to access the scheme.

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Fisher – TOAA rules not applicable to sale of business from a UK company to a Gibraltar company

Published on 08 April 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In S Fisher and Others v HMRC [2020] UKUT 62 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) allowed the taxpayers' appeals and held that the transfer of assets abroad rules did not apply to the sale of a business from a UK company to a Gibraltar company, which was under the control of the same directors and shareholders.

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Architects and COVID-19 – Practical Advice on complying with your Professional Standards

08 April 2020

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Since the UK Government announced its lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have asked their employees to work remotely and that has affected many businesses where physical attendance of clients and sites is important. A recent RIBA survey reported that as many as 81% of architects are now working from home.

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International risk team: Mitigation in Trade Credit Insurance

Published on 07 April 2020. By Paul Baker, Legal Counsel

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The measures taken by governments around the world to halt the spread of COVID-19 are already having a significant impact on the global economy. The prohibitions on trade, and closures of businesses, unfortunately mean that an increase in defaults and insolvencies is inevitable.

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SM&CR temporary arrangements extended to 9 months for FCA solo-regulated firms

Published on 07 April 2020. By Jonathan Charwat, Senior Associate

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As well as giving general guidance on its expectations on how solo-regulated firms should be complying with SM&CR during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCA has announced that it will permit unapproved individuals to cover for Senior Managers for up to 36 weeks. In a separate joint statement, the FCA and PRA confirmed that this rule change will not apply to dual-regulated firms but that the position is under review.

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Cyber Bytes - Issue 11

Published on 06 April 2020. By Richard Breavington, Partner and Christopher Ashton, Associate and Rachel Ford, Associate

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Welcome to Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly roundup of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

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Tax breaks to promote insurance sector

Published on 06 April 2020. By Antony Sassi, Managing Partner, Asia and Andrew Carpenter, Partner

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On 30 March 2020 the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) published its paper “Insuring Hong Kong’s Future –Tax Recommendations to Enhance and Grow Hong Kong’s Insurance Industry”. This is a further step taken by the FSDC to enhance the competitiveness of the Hong Kong insurance market as a key global risk management centre and regional insurance hub. The several proposed tax measures would extend to both (re)insurance companies, brokers and individual policyholders.

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Singapore's COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 – Highlights and Commentary on Key Provisions for Temporary Relief for Inability to Perform Contracts

Published on 06 April 2020.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a severe contraction in economic activity on a global scale, as a result of supply chain disruptions, manpower shortages, travel restrictions and a swift decline in demand. Singapore is likewise grappling with the economic symptoms of these ongoing waves of COVID-19 outbreaks, which will continue to dampen global economic growth.

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SC double decision on vicarious liability

Published on 03 April 2020. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

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Handed down on 1 April, the two, separate, Supreme Court judgments on vicarious liability were no April Fool's jokes; they are serious and welcome responses to a difficult issue.

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COVID-19: The groceries sector - temporary competition law exemption comes into force

Published on 03 April 2020. By Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner and Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate

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In light of "exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy" arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Secretary of State (the "SoS") has announced temporary competition law arrangements in the groceries sector.

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Business Rates Reform – Response to COVID-19 and the 2020 outlook

Published on 02 April 2020. By Ben Taverner, Associate

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This year's budget, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 11 March, attracted particularly high levels of attention from the media and business community. The spread of COVID-19 has put enormous pressure on British businesses in the short-to-medium-term and bricks-and-mortar retailers are especially strained, having come into the crisis on the back of their worst trading conditions for a decade.

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Spotlight on private wealth - April 2020

Published on 02 April 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Geraldine Elliott, Global Head of Commercial Disputes and Davina Given, Partner and Emma West, Senior Associate

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Our quarterly update is designed to keep you up to speed with developments in the private wealth world. In this edition we explore sham trusts, heritage property and removing trustees. We also keep pace with the latest developments in the art sector. If you have any feedback on this update or would like to know more about the issues covered, or anything else, get in touch.

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FCA's expectations of insurance firms

Published on 02 April 2020. By Jonathan Charwat, Senior Associate

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Over the last couple of weeks, the FCA has been publishing information and guidance for firms in relation to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to its general update on COVID-19, the FCA has set out specific expectations of insurance firms.

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Tax update - April 2020

Published on 02 April 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month’s update we report on (1) HMRC’s updated guidance on certain arrangements which purport to avoid the ‘managed services companies’ legislation; (2) recently published draft legislation on voluntary restitution in the context of the loan charge; and (3) the Government’s decision to suspend the extension of IR35 to the private sector.

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Managing SM&CR during the Coronavirus crisis

Published on 02 April 2020. By Jonathan Charwat, Senior Associate

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This blog considers the challenges caused by CV-19 in relation to the governance and SM&CR compliance of regulated firms in the UK.

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EUIPO issues clarification on COVID-19 extension of time for trade mark and design proceedings

Published on 01 April 2020. By Alessandro Cerri, Associate and Ben Mark, Partner

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The EUIPO has issued a clarification in respect of Decision No EX-20-3 noting that the extension of deadlines in trade mark and design EUIPO proceedings to 1 May 2020 applies automatically.

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Health and Safety Bulletin – March 2020

01 April 2020

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Health and Safety update.

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COVID-19: the battle between fact and fiction

Published on 01 April 2020. By Emma Kislingbury, Senior Associate

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In the era of fake news, and at a time of global panic, how is the government responding to the daily spread of unauthorised health claims around COVID-19?

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Back to Brexit – House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Committee recommendations on financial services after Brexit

Published on 01 April 2020. By Lucy Kerr, Senior Associate

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The House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Committee has published recommendations on the financial services industry post-Brexit. The Committee recognised that this may not be a government priority due to COVID19, but EU negotiations and the future of the UK's financial services industry will be important issues in future months.

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COVID-19: CMA provides guidance to business on its approach to co-operation in response to the pandemic

Published on 01 April 2020. By Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner and Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate

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Businesses, which do not benefit from the specific competition law exemptions granted by the Secretary of State (in the groceries, Solent Ferries and healthcare services sectors), may co-operate without fear of enforcement action by the Competition and Markets Authority (the "CMA"), provided that this co-operation is undertaken "solely to address concerns arising from the current crisis and does not go further or last longer than what is necessary".

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Booth – Penalty appeal struck out

Published on 01 April 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In CF Booth Ltd v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 35 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) struck out the taxpayer's appeal against penalties imposed for deliberate inaccuracies in its VAT returns, on the basis that the appeal amounted to an 'abuse of process'.

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COVID-19: key financial workers

31 March 2020

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has released guidance on steps financial services firms should take to help identify 'key workers'.

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The role of an insurance broker

31 March 2020

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Welcome to Insurance Covered! The podcast that looks at the inner workings of the insurance industry with the help of expert guests. This episode we are joined by Steve Ray, Director at Howden Group and our topic for discussion is the role of an insurance broker.

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Sports Ticker 9 – Fury, NASCAR and Sky Sports pause

Published on 31 March 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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

Published on 31 March 2020. By Paul Bagon, Partner and James Whelan, Associate

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COVID-19: On 28 March 2020 the Business Secretary announced further new far-reaching measures to help businesses combat the financial impact of COVID-19. What it the likely impact of the suspension of wrongful trading provisions and a moratorium for businesses in restructuring on your business?

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The government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

30 March 2020

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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is part of a package of temporary measures to support businesses during these challenging times. The CBILS is intended to give lenders confidence to continue to provide finance to SMEs.

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Business Tenant Protection from Forfeiture under the Coronavirus Act 2020

Published on 30 March 2020. By Ben Taverner, Associate and Elizabeth Alibhai, Partner

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Following the Government's 23 March press release in which it was confirmed that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rents "because of Coronavirus" would be protected from eviction, legislation is now in force which goes some way to clarify what this means in practice.

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COVID-19 forces POS and FOS office closures – what does it mean for complaints?

Published on 30 March 2020. By Ashley Daniells, Associate and Christopher Cole, Associate

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The COVID-19 outbreak (and the subsequent UK lockdown) continues to impact our daily lives and it seems the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and The Pensions Ombudsman (POS) are not immune. With office closures announced, we look at the impact this will have on outstanding complaints and those yet to be made.

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