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Coronavirus Guidance

Our lawyers are here to answer your questions and bring you peace of mind during this uncertain time. If you have a question as a result of the coronavirus outbreak that you would like answering please submit the form below. This can be in relation to you, your family or your business. We will then aim to write a future publication answering your question to be shared on our website and social media. For information on our plans in relation to Coronavirus please click here.

We would like to thank all those working at the frontline for doing an amazing job to support and care for people during the Coronavirus crisis. We would like to show our appreciation by offering a discount of 15%* on our services to individuals (excluding disbursements) until September 2020. This offer is available from our family, inheritance protection and residential property teams. *Our discount on commercial, employment and litigation services to individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and a member of the team will be happy to talk through your situation. You can read more about this here.

 

Corporate Commercial

Commercial Dealings

The coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact on commercial dealings. The biggest challenge that each business will face in relation to the virus is understanding what effects the outfall of the virus will have upon them. Please read our corporate and commercial team’s briefing which provides general guidance on this issue and highlights ways in which you can review certain aspects of your business in light of the challenges ahead here.

Data Protection

It is highly likely that the way businesses are now working will have changed following the coronavirus pandemic, in light of the government announcement of social distancing and working from home measures. Businesses should consider the potential data protection challenges they may face and how they can address this with their current workforce, customers and suppliers. For further guidance on data protection, click here.

Commercial Property

The economic impact of coronavirus is already affecting all businesses, the majority of which are now required to re-evaluate every aspect of their operations. A particular area of focus for many businesses is to review obligations and financial liabilities in respect of let business premises. Please read our commercial property team’s general guidance on this issue which highlights ways in which tenants and landlords can review certain aspects of the challenges ahead here.

Dispute Resolution

Crime

With financial concerns heightened and restrictions on daily living arrangements imposed, many people are feeling anxious and unsettled. Although there has been a drop in offences such as retail burglary and violence from pubs since the lockdown was imposed, police chiefs are already seeing a rise in criminal activity in other areas. Read our criminal specialist’s overview here.

Debt Recovery

Cash flow is a vital need for any business and ensuring invoices are paid on time is critical to this. Unfortunately there may be times when a customer fails to pay your invoices and therefore, it is important to know what options are available to you. Please read our guidance on recovering outstanding payments here.

Employment

Our employment team are here to support you and provide peace of mind during this difficult and unfamiliar time. Since the Coronavirus outbreak the government has implemented new schemes and delayed reforms to try to protect the economy during this uncertain time. Read a summary of the key points employers and employees need to be aware of here.

For guidance and answers the the most FAQs on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme please read here.

Health and Safety

With more and more people working from home in the current situation, employers still retain responsibility for the health and safety of their employees. We are on hand to provide advice in respect of your policies or procedures or complying with legislation. For further guidance see here.

Family

During this time we know that it is more important than ever that we are available to advise and support you. For couples who are struggling in their relationship, or trying to manage co-parenting, anxiety levels are likely to be heightened. We are available to communicate with you discreetly and in a method that best suits your circumstances including via video conference, phone or email. Read here how our family team can support you during this time.

The government has advised that children under the age of 18 can be moved between their parent’s homes where their parents are separated but there has been confusion about this and issues arising. For guidance on child arrangements during this time please click here.

Inheritance Protection

If you are considering making your own Will or need advice on assisting a relative in making one during this time our Inheritance Protection team are here to support you. To find out more about their services including trusts and inheritance tax advice, powers of attorney and estate administration please click here.

Charities

Like all business having to adapt to the current norm, we understand that charities may be feeling real uncertainty. We have an established and dedicated charity team who can support you through these unsettling times. We will be sharing updates here as the official guidance develops to provide you with practical guidance.

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