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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. 

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Covid-19 Liquidity, Debt and Employment Measures briefing

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Pan­dem­ic ar­rears: first ar­bit­ra­tion award fi­nally pub­lished
In March the Gov­ern­ment en­acted the Com­mer­cial Rent (Coronavir­us) Act 2022 (CRCA) which gave ten­ants a fi­nal six months’ re­prieve against for­feit­ure ac­tion.  The six month win­dow was to en­able land­lords...
Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate: The fu­ture of the world's towns and cit­ies
A rad­ic­al re­think for glob­al prop­erty – and where we live, work and play As the real es­tate world emerges from the pan­dem­ic it is clear that all around us the urb­an land­scape is chan­ging. Many prop­er­ties are ob­sol­ete but also have ex­cit­ing fu­tures with new uses. Our town centres and cit­ies are un­der­go­ing fun­da­ment­al change – which all adds up to a world fo­cused on Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate.Now in its tenth year, our Real Es­tate Thought Lead­er­ship series has covered top­ics such as the rise of in­ter­na­tion­al in­vest­ment in the UK, the growth of tech, the fu­ture of the of­fice, the rap­id rise of in­dus­tri­al & lo­gist­ics and the ar­rival of build-to-rent as a ma­jor as­set class.This year, with the Gov­ern­ment hav­ing pub­lished its Lev­el­ling Up & Re­gen­er­a­tion Bill, we fo­cus on the fu­ture of towns and cit­ies not only in the UK but in a series of key glob­al in­vest­ment hubs: Ger­many, France, the Neth­er­lands, Spain, Singa­pore and the United Ar­ab Emir­ates.After two years of lock­downs, work­ing, shop­ping and so­cial­ising at home, a de­bate is ra­ging about the fu­ture of town and city centres. Will they re­cov­er? How will they look in ten years? Will urb­an­isa­tion go in­to re­verse? And what does this mean for the real es­tate world?In `Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate’ we provide the first an­swers hav­ing polled more than 300 lead­ing in­dustry pro­fes­sion­als and al­most 15,000 glob­al con­sumers.The res­ults are fas­cin­at­ing: al­most a third of real es­tate is ear­marked for con­ver­sion – with re­tail and of­fices to hous­ing the most pop­u­lar choices. Con­sumers want more green and open space, hav­ing spent too long con­fined to their own homes.But the good news is that in­vestors, hav­ing come through the pan­dem­ic, are still con­fid­ent in real es­tate as an as­set class. The big changes will be in what prop­erty they in­vest in, mean­ing the places we live, work and play in may be very dif­fer­ent in the years to come.
Work in pro­gress: Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment pub­lishes up­dates on their In­fra­struc­ture...
The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has pub­lished three up­dates on its In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Plan (IIP). The IIP was pub­lished in Feb­ru­ary 2021, dis­cussed in our pre­vi­ous art­icle, and con­firmed a five-year plan...
Gov­ern­ment failed care home res­id­ents with ‘un­law­ful’ hos­pit­al dis­charge...
The High Court re­leased their judg­ment yes­ter­day in the ju­di­cial re­view pro­ceed­ings brought by Dr Cathy Gard­ner and Fay Har­ris, whose fath­ers Mi­chael Gib­son and Don­ald Har­ris, died in care homes after...
Up­dated ICO guid­ance on data pro­tec­tion and COV­ID-19 fol­low­ing re­lax­a­tion...
As a res­ult of the re­cent re­lax­a­tion of gov­ern­ment meas­ures around COV­ID-19, the In­form­a­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice (“ICO”) has pub­lished new guid­ance re­gard­ing what to do with ad­di­tion­al per­son­al...
Em­ploy­ment law dates and changes for April 2022
With in­creases in Na­tion­al Min­im­um Wage rates, em­ploy­ment tribunal awards, stat­utory pay, re­port­ing dead­lines, changes to guid­ance and more, April is an im­port­ant month in the em­ploy­ment law cal­en­dar...
Up­date on the Com­mer­cial Rent (Coronavir­us) Act 2022 (the “Act”)
The draft Bill passed its third read­ing in the House of Lords on Tues­day, with the House of Com­mons due to con­sider the fi­nal (cla­ri­fic­at­ory) amend­ment in ses­sion on 23 March 2022.   Ac­cord­ingly, the...
Re­vok­ing the man­dat­ory Cov­id-19 vac­cine – has the dam­age already been done?
Since our art­icle in Oc­to­ber 2021 there has been much change in the health and so­cial care sec­tor in re­la­tion to man­dat­ory Cov­id-19 vac­cines. By way of back­ground, all those work­ing with­in a care home...
The Road to the (Autonom­ous) Fu­ture
It is no longer pos­sible to dis­cuss the fu­ture of trans­port without the ques­tion of autono­ma­tion be­ing raised. The ques­tion of ‘how long’ un­til Autonom­ous Vehicle (AV) de­ploy­ment be­comes a real­ity...
SSP – Tem­por­ary changes to med­ic­al evid­ence re­quire­ments
To qual­i­fy for stat­utory sick pay (SSP) eli­gible em­ploy­ees must provide their em­ploy­er with evid­ence of in­ca­pa­city to work where re­ques­ted.  Em­ploy­ers can­not re­quire em­ploy­ees to provide med­ic­al evid­ence...
Call for evid­ence on new Com­mer­cial Rent (Coronavir­us) Bill: act quickly!
The Gov­ern­ment has launched a call for evid­ence on the new Com­mer­cial Rent (Coronavir­us) Bill. The Bill (to­geth­er with the ac­com­pa­ny­ing new Code of Prac­tice) provides for a new ar­bit­ra­tion scheme to deal...
Fu­ture Fund con­ver­sions
Data re­leased by the Brit­ish Busi­ness Bank show that the Fu­ture Fund provided a total of £1.14 bil­lion worth of Con­vert­ible Loan Agree­ments (“CLAs”) to 1,190 com­pan­ies who com­pleted their ap­plic­a­tions...