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Articles & Blogs Conveyancing Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus Restrictions on Moving Home Now Lifted

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The Housing Secretary confirmed that from 13 May, anyone in England can now move home, provided his guidance is followed - welcome news for estate agents, surveyors and individuals looking to move home.

Coronavirus Restrictions on Moving Home Now Lifted

Articles & Blogs Real Estate

Selling Your Residential Investment Property? Watch Out for Tax Changes

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) announced last year came into effect on 6 April 2020. This could lead unwary investors open to extra tax charges and penalties.

Selling Your Residential Investment Property? Watch Out for Tax Changes

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Real Estate

Commercial Landlords and Tenants - Returning to Work After Coronavirus

Monday, 11 May 2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is consulting on proposals to allow people to return to work in offices and shops. Although final recommendations are not yet known...

Commercial Landlords and Tenants - Returning to Work After Coronavirus

Articles & Blogs Commercial Contracts

Tiger King - Battle of the Big Cat Trade Marks

Thursday, 07 May 2020

At the start of the UK's coronavirus lockdown, millions of us found solace in watching the Netflix documentary series Tiger King.

Tiger King - Battle of the Big Cat Trade Marks

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

Government Guidance on Easing of Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions Expected This Weekend

Thursday, 07 May 2020

The Government is currently consulting on a 'roadmap' to reduce social distancing restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is intended to enable more people to return to work.

Government Guidance on Easing of Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions Expected this Weekend

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can a Self-Employed Independent Contractor Be Classified As a Worker Under the Working Time Directive?

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Possibly, however this will depend on the particular circumstances of the case and the working relationship in reality.

Can a Self-Employed Independent Contractor Be Classified As a Worker Under the Working Time Directive?

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

Modern Slavery During the Coronavirus Pandemic - What You Need to Know

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Since 2015, larger organisations have been required to report on modern slavery risks within their supply chains. Last week, the Government issued guidance in view of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Modern Slavery During the Coronavirus Pandemic - What You Need to Know

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

Coronavirus and Off-Payroll Working in the Private Sector - Criticised Reform Is Delayed, But Not Cancelled

Thursday, 07 May 2020

The Government proposed to reform the off-payroll working rules in respect of the private sector with effect from 6 April 2020. However, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the reform has been delayed until 6 April 2021.

Coronavirus and Off-Payroll Working in the Private Sector - Criticised Reform Is Delayed, but Not Cancelled

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Public Sector

The Role of the Monitoring Officer in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Now more than ever, it is essential that the Monitoring Officer (MO) understands the intersection between politics and democracy. What issues should MOs consider during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

The Role of the Monitoring Officer During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Public Sector

Freedom of Information Requests During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thursday, 07 May 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means areas such as information requests are likely to be low-priority for public authorities, but it is important to understand what the ICO has said about their approach to regulation, and what this means in practice.

Freedom of Information Requests During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Articles & Blogs Information Law Public Sector

Full Disclosure - The Difficult Balance Between Privilege and Public Interest

Wednesday, 06 May 2020

Local authorities are often concerned about striking the difficult balance between the protection afforded by legal professional privilege and the need for transparency in public affairs.

Full Disclosure - the Difficult Balance Between Privilege and Public Interest

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Employer Not Vicariously Liable for Employee's Data Breach

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that the supermarket chain Morrisons was not vicariously liable for its employee's malicious data breach.

Employer Not Vicariously Liable for Employee's Data Breach

Articles & Blogs Commercial Contracts

Is It Illegal to Prohibit Online Selling?

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

The High Court has ruled on whether it is illegal for a business to restrict online selling of its products by its retailers under existing competition law.

Is It Illegal to Prohibit Online Selling?

Articles & Blogs Brexit Immigration Pharma & Life Sciences

The Post-Brexit Immigration System - What Do Pharma Businesses Need To Do?

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

The Government has reminded employers of the need to prepare for proposed changes to the immigration system - to be introduced in autumn 2020.

The Post-Brexit Immigration System - What Do Pharma Businesses Need To Do?

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Corporate

Will the 'Bounce Back Loan Scheme' Protect Your Small Business During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

As small businesses faced difficulties securing funding available under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the 'Bounce Back Loan Scheme' launched yesterday and banks have been inundated with applications.

Will the 'Bounce Back Loan Scheme' Protect Your Small Business During the Coronavirus Pandemic?