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Back to COVID-19: The new normal?

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. 

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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28 July 2020
Al­low­ing or en­cour­aging a re­turn to the of­fice – the po­ten­tial leg­al li­ab­il­it­ies
As the UK con­tin­ues to come out of lock­down, these brief­ing notes con­sider the po­ten­tial leg­al li­ab­il­it­ies around al­low­ing or en­cour­aging a re­turn to the of­fice for em­ploy­ers in Eng­land and Scot­land.
15 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 cor­por­ate crime & reg­u­lat­ory is­sues
22 September 2020
How wed­ding com­pan­ies can re­fuse re­funds in light of COV­ID-19
With the usu­al peak wed­ding sea­son draw­ing to a close, the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“CMA”) has re­cently pub­lished its guid­ance on can­cel­la­tions and re­funds due to COV­ID-19 by wed­ding com­pan­ies....
10 July 2020
Job Re­ten­tion Bo­nus Scheme
Job Re­ten­tion Bo­nus Scheme guid­ance from CMS. Find out more.
12 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide for dir­ect­ors of com­pan­ies
16 September 2020
FCA Up­date and Guid­ance fol­low­ing judg­ment in the Busi­ness In­ter­rup­tion...
The much-awaited de­cision in the FCA’s High Court test case in re­la­tion to non-dam­age busi­ness in­ter­rup­tion (BI) in­sur­ance policies and their re­sponse to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic was pub­lished yes­ter­day...
June 2020
Where do we go from here?
The pub­lic­a­tion provides thoughts an in­sights in­to how de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning in areas like hous­ing, of­fices and care homes are likely to be drastic­ally altered as a res­ult of the Cov­id 19 pan­dem­ic.
27 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to gov­ern­ment sup­port for em­ploy­ers and work­ers
This ex­pert guide ex­plores the ways dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ments have at­temp­ted to al­le­vi­ate the stress the pan­dem­ic has im­posed on both em­ploy­ers and work­ers and en­sure busi­ness con­tinu­ity.
07 September 2020
Health and Leis­ure (Class D Uses) with­in the New Plan­ning Class E Use Class...
Changes to the Use Classes Or­der for Eng­land came in­to ef­fect on 1 Septem­ber 2020 [see 1 be­low] (see our re­cent Law-Now art­icles here and here). The changes in­cluded a new “Class E” which cap­tures...
14 May 2020
Em­ploy­ers’ health and safety re­spons­ib­il­it­ies dur­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic
What are the key health and safety is­sues that an em­ploy­er should con­sider dur­ing the pan­dem­ic? Read our check­list set­ting out em­ploy­ers’ health and safety re­spons­ib­il­it­ies dur­ing the COV­ID-19 crisis.
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's im­pact on IP leg­al tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
07 September 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion gives green light to aid scheme for Ger­man...
In a de­cision of 11 Au­gust, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised a Ger­man aid scheme to sup­port Ger­man air­port op­er­at­ors. The scheme was au­thor­ised partly on the basis of Art­icle 107(2)(b) TFEU and partly...