Insights: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus and your Construction Contract – One Year On

Michaela Patterson, Judith Davidge |

When we published our article Coronavirus, Force Majeure and your Construction Contract (JCT, NEC) on the impact Coronavirus, and specifically the lockdown in China, may have on construction operations we did not envisage that a year later we would be on our third lockdown in the UK. The disruption caused by Coronavirus is far more […]


Rescue of distressed retail business in the new environment: what are the procedures?

Sophie Burke |

Where the business requires a formal insolvency procedure, the main choices are company voluntary arrangements (or “CVA”s) or administration – usually a pre-pack administration. How do these work? CVAs A CVA is an agreement between a company and its creditors, which, if approved by 75% of creditors by value, binds all creditors. They can be […]


Can employers force workers to have the Covid-19 vaccine?

Michael McCartney, Mike Tremeer, Taj Rehal, Caroline Philipps, Ingrid Hesselbo |

At the time of writing some 4.61 million people in the UK have received their initial Covid-19 vaccination, most over the age of 70 and in the main retired. With the aim of the government to ensure that all over 18s have been offered the vaccine by September, increasingly employers will be thinking about how […]


Covid-19 – Landlord remedies: What now?

Rachael Studman |

Seven months into the Coronavirus pandemic, it is almost certainly safe to say that both landlords and tenants have become well acquainted with the restrictions aimed at protecting tenants struggling to pay their rent. The legislation which was hurriedly introduced following lockdown has left landlords with their hands metaphorically tied, taking away the array of […]


Kids, COVID and Quarantine – QUELLE HORREUR!

Teresa Cullen, Ronnie Mortimer |

Just when you thought that the rules for returning travellers to the UK were about to ease, it was announced at 11pm last night that France, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Aruba and the Turks and Caicos Islands will be removed from the ‘Travel Corridor’ from 4am on 15 August 2020. Anyone travelling from these countries […]


Stakeholder Capitalism – Will it become the “New New Normal”?

Amy Collins |

Stakeholder Capitalism is not new:  but is this management theory (popular in the 1950s and 1960s) poised to make a comeback as the world seeks to recover from the Covid-19 crisis? What is Stakeholder Capitalism? Investopedia refers to it as “a system in which corporations are oriented to serve the interests of all their stakeholders. […]


COVID 19 & Employee Share Schemes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Gemma Grunewald, Helen Cox |

The Good? With the economic impact of COVID-19 likely to be felt for many months (and perhaps years) to come, companies may look to alternative methods of remuneration as a way to incentivise key members of staff.  Share schemes offer an efficient way of rewarding employees without companies having to make cash payments, and with […]


Unopposed Lease Renewals in a Covid Market

Kirsty Smith |

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (“the Act”) A tenant under a business lease will have a statutory right to a lease renewal (provided that certain qualifying criteria are met and the lease has not been contracted out of the Act). A tenant who wants to terminate its current lease and put forward proposals for a […]


Covid-19 and interim rent

Armel Elaudais |

While the full impact of the Covid-19 crisis on commercial rental levels is not yet known, landlords and tenants may be able to capitalise on the market fluctuations caused by the pandemic by making use of the interim rent mechanism under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (the Act). In broad terms, interim rent is […]


The Code for Covid

Gavin Whitney |

Over the past few years, there has been a desire in Government to encourage the property industry to regulate itself under the veiled threat that it would legislate if this was not done.  In response, RICS have introduced a number of different codes and the most recent are the 2007 ‘Code for Leasing Business Premises’ […]


COVID-19: UK Government to issue fresh indemnities to manufacturers of ventilators

Tim Wright |

In March 2020, as part of the Cabinet Office-led Ventilator Challenge, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published a specification[1] for a “Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System” setting out the clinical requirements for a ‘minimally acceptable’ ventilator for use in hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak (the RMVS Specification). The RMVS Specification is designed to enable […]