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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.

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.

Latest Briefings

Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).

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