3 02, 2021

Re-opening – directors must beware of wrongful trading

By |2021-02-03T16:55:43+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

The hospitality sector has been one of the sectors worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of the New Year the country entered into a third national lockdown and as yet, it is unclear when restrictions will be lifted. All eyes will be on the now all too familiar daily statistics and the [...]

3 02, 2021

Covid-19 insurance claims – Supreme Court decision is a boost for the industry

By |2021-02-03T13:07:15+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

From the outset, Freeths cast doubt on the media coverage that suggested that business interruption insurance would not provide cover for losses in relation to Covid-19.  In our previous article here we urged operators to check their policies carefully. High Court decision In September, in the test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) acting [...]

29 01, 2021

Covid-19 vaccine – Can you require your staff to have it?

By |2021-01-29T13:10:35+01:00January 29th, 2021|

Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers has publically said that he will rewrite all workers contracts to require them to have the vaccine.  This might sound a good idea as employers try to battle the virus and get their businesses back to profitability but can you force staff to have the vaccine and what are your [...]

1 12, 2020

National Living Wage will be increased and extended from April 2021

By |2020-12-01T13:56:31+01:00December 1st, 2020|

Last week saw another announcement that will be of concern to operators many of whom are struggling to survive in the current climate. The Government announced that the National Living Wage rate is to increase from April 2021. However, acknowledging the stress that businesses are under, the increase will be in line with inflation only [...]

26 11, 2020

Are you ready for post-Brexit immigration?

By |2020-11-26T12:51:34+01:00November 26th, 2020|

For many years now the hospitality and leisure sectors have relied heavily on workers from outside the UK.  High staff turnover, Brexit and the future new immigration system are ongoing concerns for operators. Will I be able to recruit bar and waiting staff under the immigration system? When the future immigration system was first proposed [...]

16 11, 2020

Takeaway – A lifeline for the sector

By |2020-11-16T15:25:17+01:00November 16th, 2020|

Pubs, restaurants and cafes can offer takeaway service The temporary measures introduced in March allowed restaurants, pubs and cafes to provide a food takeaway service without having to apply for planning permission.  These measures have been extended until 23 March 2022. This extension aims to allow businesses to plan ahead and adapt to changes in [...]