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What The Coronavirus Act 2020 means for society’s most vulnerable

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The Coronavirus bill introduces a wide variety of emergency powers that are set to have a huge impact on support for disabled people, their carers, and their families.

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Domestic abuse during Coronavirus lockdown – legal support and guidance is here

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Contributing authors: Katherine Lauder

As social distancing and self-isolation rapidly become the new normal, we are very mindful that not everybody is able to retreat to the safety of their home. Adjusting to confinement is proving challenging for all of us but lockdown can have dramatic consequences for individuals in abusive relationships, who suddenly find themselves confined with their abuser, often without respite.

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Social care workforce: new recruitment lifeline?

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Social Care: Now hiring

New government guidance provides a possible lifeline to care providers struggling to recruit staff.

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Oxford Genetics joins the coronavirus testing effort

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Testing is currently on top of the Government’s agenda in its efforts to slow down the coronavirus pandemic.

The spotlight is now very much on the UK’s life sciences sector and we’re very proud that our client Oxford Genetics (trading as OXGENE) has formed a strategic partnership with The Native Antigen Company Limited (NAC), another portfolio company backed by Mercia Asset Management, to scale up production of Covid-19 antigens to test for the disease.

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Residential tenants – Is rent still payable during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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While the government is supporting tenants by preventing them from being forced out of their homes during the pandemic there is no exemption from paying rent. Tenants are reminded that they do not have a right to pay a reduced rent or no rent. They remain under a legal obligation to pay rent in full.

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What is the affect of Coronavirus on ongoing inquests and coroner’s investigations

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Coronavirus is having a major impact on nearly all aspects of our lives. But what if you were already due to have an inquest hearing to find out how a loved one died? What do you do if you were awaiting information from the coroner just before the outbreak?

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Furloughing and EMI schemes: unexpected consequences for option holders and their employers

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Tax issues

Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) option holders who have been furloughed by their employers may be facing tax issues, warns our Corporate team.

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Coronavirus and your tenants: a commercial landlord’s guide

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Guide for commercial landlords

Commercial landlords: our Real Estate team offers guidance on dealing with tenants in these unprecedented times.

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Business alert: Guidance on virtual board meetings

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The Chartered Governance Institute (“ICSA”) has published guidance for companies on holding virtual board meetings.

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Guidance on Job Retention Scheme leaves key questions unanswered

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Coronavirus and social care

On Thursday 26 March the Government released new guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which provided some useful clarification but unfortunately left some important questions unanswered.

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Beyond the forfeiture moratorium: reinstating your lease

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As a commercial tenant, you’re safe – for now. However, the forfeiture moratorium under the Coronavirus Act 2020 is not a rental holiday. Unless you’ve agreed alternative arrangements with your landlord, your rent still falls due under the terms of the lease.

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3 big questions on your employment rights during Coronavirus lock down

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The Coronavirus outbreak has caught many employers off guard and in the weeks that have unfolded there have been a few hero employers and unfortunately a few villains. Here, David Israel, Partner and Employment Lawyer speaks to TalkRadio about some of the big questions regarding your employment rights during this difficult time.

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