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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. Officially declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March 2020, everyone’s primary concern is to minimise the spread of the virus, to mitigate its effects and to protect those most vulnerable in society.

Businesses and organisations have a role to play and a responsibility to their own people. They also confront a wide range of practical, commercial and legal challenges associated with the spread of the virus. 

Rebound and Remodel Insights

Visit our Rebound and Remodel Insight section to find out more about how businesses have used tools to adapt to future challenges and make the most of opportunities caused by Covid-19.

Covid-19 Liquidity, Debt and Employment Measures briefing

The Covid-19 Liquidity, Debt and Employment Measures briefing can be viewed and downloaded here. The briefing contains information about the following: liquidity and working capital support, debt support, tax measures, support for employers and workers. 

 The following insights bring together perspectives on the legal and commercial issues affecting businesses across the globe.

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CMS UK Announcement about COVID-secure risk assessment

CMS has undertaken a COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure its workplaces and operations are COVID-secure.  Affirmation of the completed assessment can be found here. 

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30 April 2021
“Pro­tect­ing young and vul­ner­able people” - ASA pub­lishes its 2020 An­nu­al...
As the ASA and CAP this week re­leased their An­nu­al Re­port for 2020, we round up the key points from a uniquely chal­len­ging year. Cov­id chal­lenges Un­sur­pris­ingly, and des­pite the fo­cus of the re­port be­ing...
22 April 2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­izes the third Itali­an aid to Al­it­alia...
On 26 March 2021, the Com­mis­sion au­thor­ized a third Itali­an aid of 24.7 mil­lion EUR in fa­vour of Al­it­alia as com­pens­a­tion for the dam­age suffered as a res­ult of the pan­dem­ic due to the re­stric­tions im­posed...
21 April 2021
The im­port­ance of ef­fect­ive health and safety meas­ures to suc­cess­fully...
Over the years pre­ced­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, health and safety struggled to make head­line news un­less a ser­i­ous in­cid­ent oc­curred, such as the tra­gic loss of life in the Gren­fell Tower fire. However...
20 April 2021
Im­pact of the pan­dem­ic on busi­ness lease re­new­als
Sum­mary In WH Smith Re­tail Hold­ings Lim­ited v Com­merz Real In­vest­ment­gesell­shaft MBH [2021] the County Court has giv­en im­port­ant guid­ance on the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic on un­op­posed lease re­new­als un­der...
19 April 2021
Sum­mary judg­ment ob­tained for Cov­id Ar­rears
In the first re­por­ted de­cision on ten­ant Cov­id ar­rears the Court held that the ten­ant had no real pro­spect of de­fend­ing the claim to re­cov­er the out­stand­ing rents and awar­ded sum­mary judg­ment. The case...
14 April 2021
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ap­proves Finnish aid for Finavia
On 17 March 2021, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved a Finnish scheme to sup­port air­port op­er­at­or “Finavia” in the con­text of the coronavir­us crisis. Like many oth­er air­port op­er­at­ors, Finavia suffered a sig­ni­fic­ant...
07 April 2021
Com­mer­cial Rent Col­lec­tion and Cov­id-19: Gov­ern­ment’s call for evid­ence...
The tem­por­ary re­stric­tions on land­lords’ rights to take ac­tion against their com­mer­cial ten­ants for non-pay­ment of rents, im­posed due to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, are due to ex­pire on 30 June 2021.  These...
29 March 2021
Busi­ness rates and Cov­id-19: re­stric­tion on ma­ter­i­al change of cir­cum­stances...
On 25 March 2021, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced meas­ures with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to lim­it the use of the Ma­ter­i­al Change in Cir­cum­stances (MCC) pro­vi­sions to achieve re­duc­tions in the rate­able value of prop­er­ties...
26 March 2021
The re­turn to the of­fice…how to en­sure your build­ing is ready
With the UK gov­ern­ment and de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions’ an­nounce­ments on re-open­ing look­ing in­creas­ingly pos­it­ive, now is the time for busi­nesses to start con­sid­er­ing what ac­tions are re­quired to get build­ings...
26 March 2021
The FCA pub­lishes fur­ther up­dated tailored sup­port guid­ance for mort­gage...
The FCA has pub­lished fi­nal­ised tailored sup­port guid­ance (TSG) for mort­gage firms, set­ting out its ex­pect­a­tions on re­pos­ses­sions from 1 April 2021. The reg­u­lat­or also pub­lished the Coronavir­us linked...
24 March 2021
Five les­sons on Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion En­force­ment in the COV­ID-19 era
As we mark the one year an­niversary since the UK Prime Min­is­ter first told the na­tion to “stay at home” here is our round-up of the five key take-away points for busi­nesses in the COV­ID re­lated con­sumer...
16 March 2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion ap­proves aid for Riga, Florence and Pisa...
At the be­gin­ning of March, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved two aid meas­ures to sup­port Riga, Florence and Pisa air­ports, severely af­fected by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. On 2 March, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved...