Covid-19

We have brought together on this site insights from our lawyers covering a range of issues. This site will be updated regularly as the situation evolves. We have spoken with many of you, but if there are questions you have, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and fast-moving situation. The challenges we face nationally, as well as individually and within our families and communities, are immense.

As a firm, our focus continues to be on the health and wellbeing of our people and on making sure that we can continue to service the needs of our clients to our usual stanness challenges and we will support our clients through these. It is vital that all our responses are proportionate and responsible. As you would expect our decisions are informed by government guidance and feedback from the market.

Open communication is vital so we are always be pleased to hear from you. We will do our best to keep you abreast of the fast moving developments and provide you with relevant advice and recommendations.

Featured articles

Summer Statement reflections

The level of unemployment will depend upon how quickly we return to normal life which, in turn, will depend much more on progress in combating Covid-19 than any fiscal measures available to the Chancellor.

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Covid-19 proposed changes to UK insolvency laws

The UK government has announced amendments to certain aspects of insolvency law, designed to enable businesses which have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak to continue trading while they explore options for rescue or to restructure.

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Covid-19 and its effect on employment

Employers and employees are facing considerable difficulties due to Covid-19. Guidance is being constantly updated, particularly in relation to returning to work as the UK starts to ease its lockdown. Read our FAQs and subject guides for further information. 

In depth

Trending themes

Governance, regulation and compliance

Incoming President of global money laundering body sets out priorities for new term

More time needed: SFO granted another extension to seize London properties

UK Government acts “without fear or favour” to introduce new human rights sanctions, effective immediately

The SFO gets agreement in principle for its eighth DPA

Dirty money should have nowhere to hide: the EU’s continued emphasis on the fight against money laundering

Furlough fraud: HMRC makes its first arrest

Change in emphasis: the government’s roadmap for easing the lockdown

The FCA and Covid-19 preparedness

Short-selling bans and calculating short selling positions

EU restricts exports of safety equipment due to Covid-19

Telephone recording and Covid-19: some relief for FCA authorised firms?

Will Covid-19 unwind global sanctions regimes? UN calls for change

Initial margin – industry calls for delay in compliance dates for Phases 5 and 6

SFTR reporting update – regulatory forbearance for backloading obligation for all phases

Rescues of companies in serious financial difficulty and dispensations under the Takeover Code

The impact of Covid-19 on competition law

Coronavirus has made AGMs much, much harder

Corporate law update: 3 April 2020

Initial margin - delayed

Corporate law update: 17 April 2020

The Coronavirus Act 20-19-2021: criminal law consequences

Covid-19: warning - cybercrime and fraud are on the rise

Who knew? Company directors may soon be jointly liable for furlough fraud

To test or not to test: considerations for offering antibody tests to employees.

HMRC relax ADR policy following tribunal statement

Co-ordinated global anti-corruption settlements

Unexplained Wealth Orders: NCA set to continue use of UWOs despite recent setbacks

The Council of the EU calls for greater financial crime powers

Russian courts and the exclusive jurisdiction over sanctions related disputes

U-Double-No: the NCA has been denied the chance to appeal their first UWO defeat