2 06, 2020

Health & Safety – “COVID secure” workplaces

By |2020-06-02T12:39:04+00:00June 2nd, 2020|

Last updated:  27th May 2020 Last week saw the Government adopt a clear change of emphasis in its address to the public and businesses alike. From what was once a clear message to “stay at home” has now switched to “stay alert”.  The hospitality sector remains closed except for takeaways but for those in the [...]

2 06, 2020

Defaulting Tenants – what are a Landlord’s Remedies?

By |2020-06-02T11:33:49+00:00June 2nd, 2020|

Many landlord's did not receive their rent due on the March quarter day as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and the Government closure of all pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes.  A landlord of commercial premises has several options available when faced with non-payment of rent. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen government intervention that [...]

31 05, 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – the detail

By |2020-06-02T11:58:49+00:00May 31st, 2020|

Reviewed: 31 May 2020 Latest Updates: On 29 May 2020 the Chancellor announced further details of the extended Scheme. This note has been amended to reflect this announcement. In summary the key changes are: The Scheme will be closed to new entrants on 30 June 2020, meaning an employer will need to place any new [...]

29 05, 2020

Insolvency: FAQs

By |2020-06-02T16:32:15+00:00May 29th, 2020|

Last Updated: 29th May The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak has been felt acutely in the hospitality and leisure sectors with outlets being the first to be closed and looking likely to be the last to reopen.  Many businesses will have had no income since 20 March.  The impact is being felt both in terms [...]

27 05, 2020

Social Distancing – could we see a return to free trade loan agreements?

By |2020-05-27T13:14:40+00:00May 27th, 2020|

It is clear that pubs will be amongst the last businesses to reopen as lockdown is gradually eased.  In a sector built around socialising and high volume trade, social distancing will be a challenge.  Even if it becomes viable to reopen pubs with a package of Government support (including reduced furlough and relaxation of beer [...]

26 05, 2020

Insolvency Bill to relieve burden on businesses

By |2020-05-26T15:15:51+00:00May 26th, 2020|

Since Covid-19 led some tenants to withhold the March quarter we have been advising both landlords and tenants on the way forward.  We have been busy with statutory demands which seek to enforce payment of rent and also advising on applications for winding-up petitions.  Towards the end of April the Government announced that it would [...]