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  • U.K. Immigration Update: Coronavirus May 2020imm

    14-Day Quarantine Rules for International Travellers Entering the U.K. International travellers arriving in the U.K. on or after 8 June 2020 will be asked to go into quarantine for two weeks. The Home Office has announced that this measure will come into force on 8 June. There is a separate list of exceptions, including for arrivals from within the Common Travel Area covering the U.K., Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 6:32 PM

  • UK: It's Not Me, It's You – Passing The Liability Buck While Working From Home

    When can employers in the United Kingdom be held responsible for their employees’ actions? This article answers that question with help from a recent high-profile case and applies the lessons learned to manage the potential data and confidentiality risks when a large proportion of the workforce is working from home. (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 6:32 PM

  • May 28, 2020: The Future of US/UK Trade — Who Will Come Out a Winner?

    “We are going to win so much” is a staple soundbite from President Donald Trump, and also is representative of his administration’s mindset to international negotiations. President Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has been optimistically touting the US as the UK’s first FTA partner after Brexit. From the UK’s perspective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson... (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 12:33 PM

  • COVID-19: Key Privacy Concerns Raised by the UK’s “Back-to-Work” COVID-19 Safety Measures

    As businesses in the UK begin to re-open, as the lockdown lifts, they must ensure that they have effective measures in place to combat the spread of the virus within their workplace. This may include physical measures, such as the use of personal protective equipment and restructuring the office or site to enable social distancing.... (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 10:33 AM

  • Census called for March 2021

    The Census (England and Wales) Order 2020 came into force on 21st May 2020. The Order and similar orders across devolved regions provide for the taking of a census in March 2021. The Order details the persons to whom the census returns are to be made and sets out the information to be stated in the returns. The full text of the order can be found here.

    May 29, 2020 8:34 AM

  • UK Insolvency Law changes – What is the proposed new “moratorium”?

    On 20 May 2020, the UK Government introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the “Bill”) to the House of Commons. The Bill introduces a new debtor-in-possession moratorium to give companies breathing space in order to try to rescue the company as a going concern. The Bill is currently only in draft form and therefore... (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 8:33 AM

  • Disclosure of documents in civil proceedings in England and Wales (UPDATED)

    Disclosure - "Disclosure" is the term given to the stage of the litigation procedure when each party may be required to collect and review documents potentially relevant to the dispute and then state to the other parties (usually in a formal list of documents) the disclosable documents which exist or have existed. The other party has a right to a copy of those disclosed documents, subject to certain exceptions. In cases where large numbers of documents are involved, disclosure may be a lengthy exercise involving a significant amount of management time. The cost of that time will not normally be recoverable from the other party. It is nonetheless essential that it is carried out conscienti (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 8:32 AM

  • Checklist for Employers on Handling Collective Consultation in the UK

    Following our recent update on Life in the Time of Corona, Part 3: Handling Collective Consultation in the UK, we have produced a practical checklist that highlights the steps that employers should consider when handling collective consultations in the UK during these challenging times, particularly when staff are working remotely. To download the checklist, please... (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 6:34 AM

  • UK Immigration Updates: COVID-19 Visa Extension, Quarantine Measures, and Others

    Owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the UK government has announced a number of immigration changes, including visa extension and switching measures as well as a mandatory self-quarantine period for those entering the United Kingdom from June 8, 2020. (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 6:33 AM

  • UK COVID-19: The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - New tenant/debtor protections unveiled

    Long awaited insolvency reforms in the UK, plus the government’s COVID-19 proposals on the use of statutory demands – and much more. (See Article)

    May 29, 2020 6:33 AM

  • Key Privacy Concerns Raised by UK “Back to Work” COVID-19 Safety Measures

    On 10 May 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed businesses in England that, as part of the Government’s three-phase strategy for lifting the Coronavirus lockdown, employees that cannot work from home can, and should return to work from Wednesday 13 May 2020. This note from our Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team aims to provide practical... (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 8:33 AM

  • UK Directors’ Duties in the context of Covid-19 – UPDATED

    Following the UK government publishing the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill which sets out temporary changes to the UK Insolvency laws on wrongful trading (see here for further discussion) we have updated our guide on directors’ duties. (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 8:33 AM

  • Governing Law of Arbitration Agreements: Welcome Clarity?

    The English Court of Appeal has provided some helpful guidance as to the relevant test for determining the law applicable to arbitration agreements (as distinct from (i) the governing law of the relevant contract, and (ii) the “law of the seat of arbitration” or the “curial law”). (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 8:32 AM

  • The UK’s Job Retention Scheme (UPDATED)

    On 20 March 2020 the UK government announced its Job Retention Scheme (JRS). The JRS allows businesses to place employees on furlough (temporary leave of absence) and reclaim 80% of their usual monthly wage costs from HMRC, subject to a cap of £2,500 per month. It has been possible to submit claims since 20 April 2020. Please see full publication below for more information (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 8:32 AM

  • Cannabis: a UK Overview

    Introduction: Cannabis and the majority of its derivative substances are controlled drugs in the UK, and their use remains illegal subject to some exceptions. Since November 2018 doctors in the UK have been able to prescribe certain cannabis-based products for medicinal use, but access is still limited because the key UK healthcare provider and regulator... (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:34 AM

  • COVID-19 in the UK: A New Direction

    The UK Government has, in keeping with past practice, used the arrival of the bank holiday weekend to update the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It has now published a second iteration of the Treasury Direction, which we have reviewed. To read our commentary on the updated Direction, please visit MayerBrown.com. (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Tenant Insolvencies in the UK and Contaminated Land Liability Risks Due to COVID-19

    The negative economic effects resulting from efforts to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have put financial pressure on many businesses.  In the worst such cases, businesses may face the risk of insolvency.  In an environmental law context, this raises the question of what the potential implications may be for those businesses’ environmental... (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Join Us on May 28, 2020: The Future of US-UK Trade — Who Will Come Out a Winner?

    “We are going to win so much” is a staple soundbite from President Donald Trump, and also representative of his administration’s approach to international negotiations. President Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has been optimistically touting the US as the UK’s first FTA partner after Brexit. From the UK’s perspective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also... (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Over 190 Law Firms Impacted by Data Leak

    CPO Magazine reported on May 18 that a major UK software company exposed personal information belonging to over 190 law firms through an unsecured online database. TurgenSec security firm discovered the leak and contacted the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Following the Responsible Disclosure Policy, the firm contacted the impacted law firms which confirmed the... (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Future Fund: FAQs

    #TeamOrrick thanks the nearly 200 people who attended our webinar on Wednesday morning on the #FutureFund convertible loan notes. We tried to answer all of your questions, but they kept on coming, so here is the promised FAQ based upon the most common questions asked by attendees and others that we have received since. (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:33 AM

  • Latest COVID-19 Taskforce Update Sets Out CMA’s Response to Principal Areas of Concern

    The taskforce continues to receive and monitor complaints about unfair practices in relation to cancellations and refunds and potentially unjustifiable price rises. On 21 May, the CMA released a further update setting out the work of its COVID-19 Taskforce in responding to complaints regarding competition and consumer protection problems arising from the novel coronavirus and measures taken to contain it. (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:33 AM

  • COVID-19: New UK Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring Tools and Reforms

    Executive Summary - New legislation will introduce permanent and temporary reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime. (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:33 AM

  • Blog: Reinsurance in the time of Corona – Part 1

    The World Health Organization classified the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and, since that time, the pandemic has caused unprecedented socio-economic disruption across the globe with a profound impact on businesses and civil liberties. In such times of dramatic economic instability, it is natural that companies and individuals are more than ever seeking coverage under their insurance policies. (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:33 AM

  • Re-open for business in the UK – How to safely re-open shops and retail outlets

    The UK government has set out a three-stage plan to ease the 'lockdown' restrictions implemented due to COVID-19. The first stage commenced on 13 May, with some restrictions on who can go to work being lifted and clarified, the ability to meet one other person from another household outside, and the allowance of unlimited exercise. It is expected that the second stage, involving the reopening of 'non-essential retail shops', could be implemented from 15 June. In anticipation of this, the government has issued guidance on how to safely re-open shops. Please see full publication below for more information. (See Article)

    May 28, 2020 6:33 AM

  • The Shape Of Insolvencies To Come: Scrutinising The Corporate Insolvency And Governance Bill 2020

    On 20 May 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government published the text of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2020 (the “Bill”), a 238-page document which sets out some of the most sweeping reforms to insolvency law for 20 years... (See Article)

    May 27, 2020 6:32 PM

  • Have Finney and the coronavirus pandemic turned section 96A into a town and country planning superpower?

    Progression of all stages of a development are likely to be challenging for the foreseeable future, particularly decisions around whether to implement valuable planning permissions that are due to expire during the pandemic period, or to let them lapse. Whilst the Government continues to consider the position, it is a quandary that has brought into focus questions about if and how planning permissions can be extended, which we discuss in this blog. (See Article)

    May 27, 2020 8:32 AM

  • UK Government Introduces COVID-19 Bill to Aid Businesses and Reform Restructuring Law

    On 20 May 2020, the U.K. government published the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the bill), which includes measures designed to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic and features important substantive reforms to U.K. restructuring law, whose introduction has been accelerated by the crisis. (See Article)

    May 27, 2020 8:32 AM

  • Second Treasury Direction on the UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    The Chancellor has made a further Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). At its simplest, the Direction formally extends the CJRS to 30 June, as previously announced. It was presumably drafted before the recent extension to 31 October and so does not deal with the latest announcements. The new Direction also clarifies certain points about the CJRS and effectively replaces the original Direction. We summarise the key points you need to know. (See Article)

    May 27, 2020 8:32 AM

  • FDA sends warning letters to companies in New Jersey, California, and the UK

    As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company... (See Article)

    May 27, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Cum-ex Investigations: the UK Impact

    Tax partner Andy Howard and Rob Mason, a partner at Forensic Risk Alliance, co-authored a Tax Journal article that examines cum-ex investigations, including the UK impact. Please click here to read the full article. (See Article)

    May 27, 2020 6:34 AM