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Mind the gap – How to effect a safe return to work

As the UK remains in lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty abounds about when a return to “normal” life can be expected. Government commentary suggests social distancing may continue for the rest of the year, raising questions about how to effect a safe return to work.

Coronavirus: Credit lines for businesses (Portugal)

The credit lines announced by the Government to cope with the impacts of the pandemic Covid-19 are already fully operational. This briefing is to set out in a single document the principal terms and conditions of each of the lines available to support businesses.

Guernsey cash box structures

The unprecedented effects of coronavirus, and the consequential widespread travel restrictions and ‘stay-at-home’ measures, are causing severe pressures on the cash flow of many trading companies. This is causing listed companies to consider alternative ways of raising capital on an urgent basis, resulting in a resurgence in the popularity of cash box structures. This note sets out a summary of cash box transactions and the benefits of using a Guernsey cash box company.

Podcast: 3 key considerations for homeworking

By Charlotte Smith There’s lots of talk at the moment about the potential return to the office, what that will look like and how it will be implemented. But businesses should also consider what they’ve learned from this huge homeworking experiment. Charlotte Smith, Senior Associate in the Employment Team at Walker Morris offers three key […]

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