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The Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced today that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Furlough Scheme) will end as planned on 31 October 2020. However, he has provided some much needed relief for employers who have been hard hit by the Coronavirus in announcing the Government’s new initiative to support struggling employers, the Job Support Scheme (the Support Scheme). The stated aim of the Support Scheme is to support viable businesses to retain viable jobs in what will undoubtedly be a continued period of significant economic uncertainty.

Sending in the bailiffs… no longer an option for landlords

On 15 September 2020, the government announced further measures to protect commercial tenants from recovery action by restricting the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent by utilising the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process (“CRAR”).


Birmingham jobs safe

* Birmingham City Council confirms that its lawyers are not affected by the redundancy programme involving nearly 600 staff. The authority is being forced to shed jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Lack of funds threatens advice shop

A LEGAL advice centre is facing the threat of closure after its local council refused a request to increase its maintenance grant. Southall Rights Legal Advice Centre, west London, is complaining that Ealing Council has only provided a £7,000 grant for a service which has annual running costs of £60,000. Kashminder Bhogal, barrister and co-ordinator […]

In brief: Correction

Andrew Page, the firm associated with McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner in Glasgow, is acting for Guardian Newspapers Ltd and two Observer journalists in a libel action launched against the newspaper group by six PowerGen directors. Last week’s issue of The Lawyer incorrectly stated the firm was acting for the PowerGen directors, who are suing […]

In brief: Martineaus advises on student discipline

Sixty delegates from colleges and universities throughout the UK have attended workshops on student discipline organised by the education department of Birmingham practice Martineau Johnson. The workshops were staged in response to a recent report published by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals which gave guidance to universities on action to take when they […]

Planning expert's dual role

The head of planning and environment at a Staffordshire solicitors’ firm has taken up two influential positions in the world of local government law. Stewart Titchener has been elected legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and admitted to the Law Society’s planning panel. Titchener heads the planning and environment unit at Knight & […]

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