Covid-19 and outside space: considerations for leisure and hospitality operators

With the easing of lockdown, we are seeing proposals across the UK to create pedestrian-only zones. They aim to not only alter how people travel safely but also make space for outdoor dining and drinking. The Government, through its Business and Planning Bill 2019-21, looks to make the latter easier. Here we explain some key considerations the leisure and hospitality operators need to keep in mind when using outside space.

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New regulation supports businesses using online platforms to trade

On 12 July 2020, the P2B (Platform to Business) Regulation became applicable in the UK aimed at online marketplaces and search engines and their dealings with the businesses that use their platforms. We provide an overview of the provisions and the impact it could have on your business.

UK Sanctions – the start of a new era

After the Brexit transition period, EU sanctions will no longer apply in the UK. The UK’s various sanctions regimes will come into force in their place under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (the “SAMLA Act”). Gurpreet Chhokar looks at how the new sanctions will look in the post-Brexit world.

Agency Workers Regulations: Is your business compliant?

The government has recently introduced changes to the regime affecting the rights and entitlements of agency workers which have significant implications for those businesses which employ them. Our Employment team provides an overview of the changes and prospective changes.

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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.

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