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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Code of Practice for Commercial Property Relationships
The government published the much anticipated Code of Practice (the ‘Code’) for commercial property relationships on 19 June 2020. This guidance will be appreciated by both landlords and tenants alike, ahead of the June quarter rent payment date.
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates
The UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) has undergone several evolution's in recent months, providing much needed support for employers and employees during lockdown.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What do the extended government protections mean for businesses?
On Friday 19 June, the government announced an extension to its program of statutory protection for commercial tenants, which was designed to protect them during the Covid-19 pandemic.  What do the extended government protections mean for businesses?
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government extends protections for business tenants
With 30 June 2020 (the end date for the government’s moratorium on forfeiture of commercial leases) approaching ever nearer, tenants, landlords and lawyers alike have been waiting with bated to breath to find out whether the government will exercise its discretion to extend that protected period.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): “Roadmap to Recovery” for the UK’s construction industry
The Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Covid-19 Task Force has recently published a “Roadmap to Recovery” for the UK’s construction sector, which contains proposals for a post-Covid-19 revival of the sector while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery.
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South coast law firm Steele Raymond welcomes new Head of Employment Team
A leading specialist employment lawyer has joined South coast solicitors Steele Raymond to head up their experienced Employment Team.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Legal advice for Food & Drink businesses during the pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic and associated “lockdown” has hit the UK economy hard with certain businesses unable to trade at all, whilst others have abruptly lost their traditional customer bases. This applies none-more-so than in the food and drink sector where the production and supply of goods has been largely unaffected but their routes to market, including supplying to restaurants, bars and wholesalers, have been cut off or substantially reduced.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – what does it mean for businesses?
The government recently published its Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which will put in place a series of measures aimed at supporting businesses facing challenges resulting from coronavirus.
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£1 billion Building Safety Fund now open for registrations to replace unsafe non-ACM cladding
The government has now announced more details about its Building Safety Fund and has opened registration for accessing grants in respect of the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to release funds from your pension (SIPP) to fund your business
With businesses facing uncertainty over the length of time before trading returns to pre-Covid-19 levels and dividends in quoted stocks and shares being cancelled, business owners could support their cashflow by selling their business property to their pension scheme and renting it back. But how do you release funds from your pension?
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Force majeure clauses in commercial contracts
Force majeure clauses have been widely discussed over recent months. We have been receiving an increasing number of enquiries from businesses who are having significant concerns about the lack of performance of their contractual obligations, or the other contracting party’s lack of performance of its contractual obligations, as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government warns the Covid-19 pandemic must not delay the replacement of unsafe cladding
The government has announced some additional measures, specifically about unsafe cladding, in relation to improving building and fire safety for multi-storey and multi-occupied buildings.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for independent schools
As the economic fallout from the pandemic continues to increase, many independent schools in the UK are facing considerable challenges during the coronavirus crisis.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance on applying for a Bounce Back Loan
From Monday 4 May 2020, businesses are able to apply for the government’s new ‘Bounce Back Loan’ scheme. Find out some more guidance on how business-owners can apply for a Bounce Back Loan.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government issues further protective measures for Commercial Tenants
On 23 April 2020, the government announced new further emergency measures to protect commercial tenants from certain enforcement action by landlords, in addition to those already introduced by the Coronavirus Act 2020.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Why ‘Lockdown’ is the best time to get your personal affairs in order
As we face unprecedented times in fighting the pandemic, ensuring you have a valid Will in place is vital. The current lockdown provides just the opportunity to do this, before the rush of everyday life returns to some semblance of normality. With this in mind, we have answered some key questions you may have below.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Tenancies – Who should pay for additional cleaning costs?
Though the government has not stipulated any Covid-19-specific cleaning obligations for commercial landlords, many have begun implementing enhanced cleaning measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support from the Government for start-up businesses
On the evening of Monday 20 April 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the government’s £1.25bn package to support start-up businesses across the U.K which are facing financing difficulties.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Spousal maintenance – Your questions answered
Over the last few weeks our experienced and expert family solicitors have been approached to help guide clients through a wide range of family law issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The latest government guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Since 20 March 2020, the government has released a significant amount of additional guidance and also a HM Treasury Direction to provide further information on the availability and implementation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Read the latest updates from Alice Toop.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Tenancies – Five Things You Should Know
In a time when the nation should be pulling together it is not unexpected to see that there remain those who see the outbreak as an opportunity to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of others.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Pursuit of Debt and Commercial Mediation
In the current climate of the coronavirus pandemic, it can feel like many aspects of commercial life have been placed on hold. The temptation for business owners may be to postpone pursuing a debt until the situation becomes clearer.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Rise of Coronavirus Scams
In a time when the nation should be pulling together it is not unexpected to see that there remain those who see the outbreak as an opportunity to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of others.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance on Business Interruption Insurance
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recognised the unprecedented challenges facing us all as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and has released new guidance on data protection regulation.
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Coronavirus (COVID 19): Assistance for Landlords and Tenants under the Coronavirus Act 2020
The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the 'Act') received Royal Assent on 25 March 2020 and attempts to alleviate the financial pressures on both tenants and their landlords. The Act temporarily alters the rules surrounding possession and forfeiture proceedings for both residential and commercial tenancies.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The effect of COVID-19 on M&A transactions
COVID-19 and its effects arrived very quickly meaning there was very little time for those planning or currently engaged in M&A transactions to plan for the likely consequences of the virus.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Employer Obligations and Data Protection
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recognised the unprecedented challenges facing us all as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and has released new guidance on data protection regulation.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Implications for Commercial Lenders and Borrowers
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused enormous financial implications globally, from eroded equity values on national stock markets to reduced central bank interest rates and beyond.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Self-isolation and Sick Pay
The rapidity with which the Covid-19 pandemic has swept through the population has left many employers and employees unsure as to their legal obligations regarding employee absence.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ongoing Help With Wills, LPAs, Estate administration and Tax Planning
At this time of sweeping uncertainty, we are, as individuals and collectively, taking the necessary steps to protect one another from the spread of Covid-19.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangements Orders
The President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice has released the following guidance on compliance with Family Court Child Arrangements Orders [‘CAOs’] in light of the Coronavirus crisis.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Additional Support From the Government for Self-Employed Individuals
On the evening of Thursday 26 March 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the government’s “Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, following calls that the measures that he had previously announced did not go far enough to support self-employed individuals.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Summary of the Latest Guidance for the Construction Industry
There has been a significant amount of confusion and concern within the construction industry about how those working within the industry should respond to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Construction Solicitor, Alice Toop provides a summary of the latest guidance to the industry.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Working to minimise the spread of COVID-19 whilst maintaining quality service
The ability of our solicitors and support staff to work remotely is central to Steele Raymond’s continuity arrangements. Many of our staff members have already been working from home effectively since the UK Government advised measures on 16th March 2020, which has enabled us to provide an uninterrupted service to our clients.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Summary of Government Assistance for Businesses, the Employed and the Self-Employed
On Friday evening, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced further unprecedented measures to help individuals and businesses cope with the financial strain caused by the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Interruption Loan Scheme
On Tuesday, 17th march, Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated that the Government is extending the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for Businesses with Outgoings
There has been much commentary around the Government’s proposals to inject cash into struggling businesses. However, business owners should also consider seeking agreements with third parties to delay or restructure outgoings.
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Coronavirus (COVID19): Small Business Grants
In the recent 2020 Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that small businesses in England, which are currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief, will be eligible for a one-off grant of £3,000 to help meet their ongoing business costs through the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Residential Property Transactions and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Over the last few weeks our Residential Property Team have been involved in detailed discussions and negotiations with solicitors acting for buyers and sellers of residential property in an attempt to keep property transactions moving despite the disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Update to clients
Supporting you through challenging times.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Impact on Commercial Contracts
The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion has led many businesses to consider whether they are able to seek relief from the performance of contractual obligations. One common mechanism to seek relief in such a situation is through reliance on a force majeure clause.

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