HMRC and furlough fraud

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) has supported over nine million jobs in the UK and is due to end on 31 October 2020, having cost the Treasury over £30 billion. Whilst most companies are using the Scheme lawfully, some are not passing furlough funds onto their workforce, making fraudulent claims or expecting their employees to continue working whilst on furlough. Our Employment team explores the issue of furlough fraud.

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New LCIA Arbitration Rules: In force on 1 October 2020

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) recently released its updated arbitration rules (the “2020 Rules”) which will come into force from 1 October 2020 and will apply to any arbitration commenced under the auspices of the LCIA on or after this date. The 2020 Rules, in the LCIA’s own words, aim to make the arbitral processes “even more streamlined and clear” for arbitrators and parties alike. We summarise nine key changes and one omission.

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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Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”

Why now is the time for a first-class outsourced switchboard

Where others see obstacles, let us see opportunities. Now we are starting to move back into our offices, we’re all looking for ways to make improvements and savings. Especially with additional measures in place to receive staff and visitors. Here is how outsourcing your switchboard can greatly improve your front of house team. And ultimately, your firm’s operations.

Employers should prepare for long-term changes to the world of work

There are of course many negatives arising from the crisis presented by COVID-19. However, there could be real benefits for businesses and their staff if we take some of the opportunities that have been presented and do not just look to revert to the old ways of doing things.

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