The purpose of this bulletin is to provide practical information and guidance, at a glance and in one place, about the impact that COVID-19 is having within our practice areas. Contributions are from our specialist members of chambers. We will be reviewing this, and updating it as necessary, on a daily basis.
Employment Law & Coronavirus
Ben Mitchell and Michael White’s note on how the Employment Tribunals are dealing with Coronavirus in light of the Presidential Guidance issued on 18 March 2020 and the Presidential direction of 19 and 24 March 2020 – click here – 24 March 2020
Jen Coyne’s note on Furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme here – 24 March 2020
Zac Sammour’s note on Can employees be compelled to attend public-facing work where they are worried about catching the virus? Click here – 20 March 2020.
Peter Oldham’s note on Emergency Volunteering Leave – click here – 19 March 2020.
Information & Coronavirus
Please find Timothy Pitt-Payne’s note here – 20 March 2020
Local Authorities & Coronavirus
Please find Peter Oldham’s note regarding new guidance from the Government of relevance to Local Authorities here – 26 March 2020.
Please find Peter Oldham’s note here – 18 March 2020.
Peter Oldham’s note on Coronavirus and Local Authorities – some issues – click here – 23 March 2020.
Financial Regulation in the time of Covid-19
Please find Thomas Ogg’s note here – 19 March 2020.
The Coronavirus Bill – Schedule 11
Please find Jonathan Auburn and Joanne Clement’s note here – 20 March 2020
Consultation in a time of social distancing and self-isolation
Please find Jonathan Moffett’s note here.
Notices to Court Users
Please find a notice from the Royal Courts of Justice Fees Office here. (25 March 2020)
Please find a notice regarding Queen’s Bench Masters Hearings and QB Action Department from the Queen’s Bench Division here. (25 March 2020)
Please find a notice regarding applications for immediate/urgent consideration from the Administrative Court here. (24 March 2020)
Please find an Amendment to the Practice Direction issued by the Employment Tribunal Presidents on 19th March here (24 March 2020).
Please find a notice containing the Protocol Regarding Remote Hearings from the Civil Courts here.
Please find a notice containing the Protocol Regarding Remote Hearings from the Business and Property Courts here.
Please find a notice from the President of the EAT here.
Please find a notice regarding Issuing and Filing in Administrative Court here.
Please find a notice for Queen’s Bench and Administrative Court users setting out changes to the telephone service here.
Please find a notice for Queen’s Bench and Administrative Court users and practitioners here.
Please find a notice from the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on Civil and Family Courts here.
Please find a statement from the Lord Chancellor on the running of courts during the coronavirus pandemic here.
Please find guidance on how HMCTS will use telephone and video technology during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak here.
To all our clients: COVID-19: Essential Information about our key services
The pandemic crisis is changing almost hourly, creating anxiety and uncertainty. Many of you may be in need of urgent advice.
We want to reassure you that we are here to provide urgent advice on a 24-hour basis. We are holding telephone conferences and are in the process of implementing video conferencing capabilities. We are also available for urgent court business.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.
Lucy Barbet: 020 7632 8502
Mark Dann: 020 7632 8503
Main switchboard: +44 (0)20 7632 8500
Outside of office hours: +44
Alternatively, contact: +44 (0)7917 247577