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Guidance issued to assist businesses and consumers impacted by COVID-19
Covid cancellations, refunds and contract terms.
Winter Economy Plan - What is the Job Support Scheme and how will it work?
Chris Cook examines the key points from Rishi Sunak's coronavirus winter economy plan.
Data Protection and workplace coronavirus testing
Managing the data protection challenges of workplace coronavirus testing
Guidance for enabling a safe “return to work”
A guide to returning to work safely for those who are unable to work from home.
Alternative dispute resolution: Why should you mediate (and what happens if you don’t)?
Clare Mackay explains mediation in a commercial setting and how it can be employed to resolve disputes.
EU-US Privacy Shield declared invalid
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield as an appropriate mechanism to meet the GDPR’s cross-border personal data transfer…
BP Fuels Diversity and Inclusion Drive
Partner and Head of Employment & Data Protection Chris Cook comments in Personnel Today regarding BP's announcement of their new Diversity & Inclusion…
Changing a Child’s Name
Family Solicitor, Simran Gupta explains the different ways you can change your child's name and the legal processes you may have to go through.
A new age: working from home and GDPR
What GDPR issues may arise from working from home and what you should do to reduce risk and stay compliant.
Updates to off-payroll working in the private sector
Following the delay to the introduction of off-payroll working in the private sector, the government are introducing some amendments to the original proposals,…
Video-witnessed wills to be made legal during coronavirus
By removing the need for physical witnesses, wills can continue to be drawn up efficiently, effectively and safely by those isolating or shielding.
Surrogacy: The courts flexible approach to the granting of Parental Orders
Two cases that show the courts continue to interpret the Section 54 criteria in a very broad and flexible manner and will, where possible, find a way…
Covid-19 and home-working mental health for the insurance industry
Keely comments on mental health issues faced by home-workers in the insurance industry plus duty of care and handling HR issues remotely during covid-19.
Questions to ask at a redundancy consultation meeting
The best questions to ask at a redundancy consultation meeting, whether you are facing a pool redundancy or a unique redundancy situation. These questions…
Congratulations to SA Law’s newly promoted team members
We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Simon Walsh to Partner, Clare Mackay to Senior Associate and Victoria Thomson to Associate.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: update affecting notice periods
The Treasury has published a further Direction to provide rules that will govern the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Most of the rules in the…
Latest Planning Announcements
Claire Saffer provides an in-depth update on the latest Plannig news including extension of planning permission deadlines, changes to planning appeals…
My Experience as a LGBTQ+ Trainee Solicitor
Lizzy Trueman shares her experience of starting her career in law and advice for fellow members of the LGBQT+ community who are interested in working…
Rectification: The view from the boundary
What anyone who provides their services through a corporate entity or who is entering into follow on agreements based on previous terms can learn from…
COVID19 and the new outlook for insolvency legislation
A look at the temporary and permanent measures under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2019-2021 that aims to reduce the Covid-19 pandemic’s…
The increase in probate disputes
Under what circumstances can families contest a will if they believe they should be entitled to some or more of an estate?
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Updated Guidance on Flexible Furloughing
Under the flexible furlough scheme, employees can work for some of the week and be furloughed for the rest, in proportions decided between employee and…
I'm facing redundancy, what should I do?
A redundancy process is undoubtedly an unpleasant thing to go through, understanding your rights can make things significantly easier.
Covid Law in Action
Insolvency: What lengths the government will go to protect businesses from the economic impact of the pandemic.
Mental health and addiction in divorce and family breakdown
If your relationship has broken down and you, or your spouse, are about to commence divorce proceedings, there may be mental health issues which need…
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Key changes between July – October 2020
Keely explores the key changes to the Covid-19 related furloughing that are set to impact employers and employees between July-October 2020.
An update on the FCA’s intervention in disputes over business interruption insurance coverage
The FCA’s proposed court action for a declaration on the meaning of certain policy wordings to achieve clarity and certainty for SMEs and others involved…
Commercial Landlords in Retail & Leisure
Property Litigation Consultant Solicitor, Amy Sevier comments in Property Investor News about the impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on Commercial Landlords.
"My Career Took a Backseat During Marriage – Can I Be Compensated?"
Compensation claim for relationship-generated disadvantage
Mutual enforceability clauses
The Supreme Court decision in Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent: What the Supreme Court decision in the Duval case means in practice for landlords and purchasers…
Promoting good mental wellbeing during lockdown
Mental Health Awareness Week: Kelly Pike highlights how to support staff.
The Reopening of Schools during the pandemic and the impact of this on Child Arrangements
Simran Gupta talks about plans for certain school for pupils to return to school and the issues for families in the context of family law.
What is responsible contractual behaviour?
Simon takes a look at what constitues as "Responsible contractual behaviour" in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19…
Working creatively with supply chains and the business opportunities created by Covid-19
As has been widely reported the economy and our businesses are dealing with unprecedented issues due to COVID-19 and the lockdown. All businesses are…
Covid-19 and insurance disputes
As news of insurers rejecting claims continue to spread, Simon Walsh shares guidance about look at if you think you have insurance cover that should respond…
Matrimonial Finances and Covid-19 Legal Q&A
Marilyn Bell answers your most important Covid-19 related divorce and finances related questions.
Litigation during and after Covid-19: Do we need more breathing space?
Simon Walsh comments on the call for ‘breathing space’ in litigation and the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts.
Tips for Avoiding CCJs During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Litigator Simon Walsh shares tips for avoiding county court judgements during COVID-19 and a reminder on the time limits.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Direction and Extended Deadline
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended to 30 June 2020, plus The Treasury has also issued a Direction to HMRC which provides legally binding…
COVID-19 Right to Work Checks Adjustment
Adjustments made to Right to Work Checks process for employers during COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 – the impact on residential tenancy agreements
What protections does The Coronavirus Act 2020 offer to residential landlords and tenants?
Domestic abuse – Injunctive orders, Covid 19 and the Courts – the practical bits
Important guidance on the practicality of legal advice to help victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus divorce rate: Staying optimistic
Divorce rates soared in China post-quarantine and some sources are predicting a surge in UK-based enquiries – Kiran Beeharry adds a refreshing view to…
Updated Furlough Guidance provides clarification for employers
Over the weekend the government updated its guidance for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - Keely Rushmore reports.
FAQs Furloughing Employees / Job Retention Scheme
Frequently asked questions on Furloughing Employees to help employers, line managers and employees – answered by SA Law’s employment team.
How the coronavirus outbreak may affect arrangements for children whose parents are separated or divorced
Lexis Nexis asks Marilyn Bell about her thoughts on the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on arrangements for children.
Data protection and the coronavirus pandemic
Good news: The ICO provides clarity on common areas of data concerns during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.
Data protection and school photographs
ICO shares guidance following two schools being reprimanded for distributing photographs of pupils without parents’ consent.
March Quarter Day - To pay or not to pay?
With the March “quarter day” coming just days after the Covid-19 lockdown was announced, it isn’t surprising that many commercial landlords and tenants…
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employment Law Issues
Sick pay, home working and enforcing holiday – Chris Cook discusses the topics that are on HR Teams agendas right now.