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Business Interruption Insurance Test Case – Resounding Victory for Policyholders

On 15 September 2020, the High Court held that the majority of businesses who were forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and whom hold business interruption (BI) insurance policies are entitled to compensation from their insurers. Subject to limitations under the relevant policies, businesses may now be entitled to a pay-out which would effectively put them back in the position had the pandemic never occurred.

UK secures first major trade deal post-Brexit with Japan

On Friday 11 September the UK and Japan agreed a free trade deal, which is the first major trade deal secured by the UK as an independent nation. The deal took just over three months to conclude and the full text will be available in October.

Data – how does Brexit affect data coming from the EU?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal then it’s likely that we’ll become a “third country” under EU data protection laws. This means that, despite having implemented the GDPR, the UK will no longer be deemed to offer adequate protection of European personal data.

The UK National Data Strategy: a new strategy for a new beginning?

On 9 September 2020 the Government published its new national data strategy for consultation. This follows EU policy reviews in the key areas of cloud computing and AI along with the publication of its own data strategy in February of this year, raising important questions about alignment with the bloc post-Brexit.

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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.

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Revealed: The Lawyer Awards shortlist 2018

Today The Lawyer reveals the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2018, in association with Travelers, the legal industry’s biggest night of the year. This year, over 70 judges across private practice, in-house and the Bar debated entries from a record number of law firms and companies to narrow down the shortlist for the 28 categories. Our panel of judges […]

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