Stephen Loxton explains our planning for the coronovirus crisis and the steps we have taken to ensure that our staff, clients and barristers are protected and still able to continue   The word unprecedented has been used many times when describing recent events and the monumental changes that we have been forced to adapt to […]

This is the start of a monthly round up of articles about coronavirus law.  It covers many areas of law and practice, including planning, local government, construction and employment.    CORONAVIRUS LAW WHAT THE CORONAVIRUS BILL WILL DO: DETAILED GUIDANCE THE CORONAVIRUS BILL IN FULL THE CORONAVIRUS BILL 1: DEFINITIONS THE HEALTH PROTECTION (CORONAVIRUS, BUSINESS […]

These Regulations came into force at 12.01 am this morning (and were published about 18 minutes before they came into force). They limit the number of persons who can meet in one household. 2020 No. 986PUBLIC HEALTH, ENGLANDThe Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2)(England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020Made – – – – on 13th […]

This order came was laid before Parliament today. It allows wills to be witnessed by video transmission. Note that the Order backdates to the 31st January 2020. THE ORDER The Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020Made – – – – 4th September 2020 Laid before Parliament 7th September 2020Coming into force in […]

These Regulations came into force on the 27th August 2020.  The one major issue to note is the increase of the size of the fine for contravention of the restrictions to £10,000. STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS 2020 No. 907 PUBLIC HEALTH, ENGLAND The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 Made […]

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 5) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020  extend the stay on possession proceedings from the 23rd August to the 20th September 2020.   THE RULES The rules can be found here. WHAT THE RULES DO The mechanism is simple “Amendment of the Procedure Rules 1998 2. In Part 55 of the Civil Procedure Rules […]

Government guidance as to attending a court or tribunal in person was updated earlier this month. Contents Overview If we confirmed your hearing is going ahead On the day of your hearing Overview HMCTS has introduced social distancing measures and extra cleaning in courts and tribunals to protect you and our staff. This guide will help you […]

In Chichester District Council v Sullivan & Ors (Rev 1) [2020] EWHC 2154 (QB) HHJ Auberbach considered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on a decision to grant a mandatory injunction requiring the removal of  caravans and mobile homes in place in breach of planning restrictions. The judge held that the impact of the pandemic […]

A copy of the Regulations is available here.    The Regulations are to be laid before Parliament on the 10th August 2020. However they state that they are coming into force on the 8th August 2020.   THE EFFECT OF THE REGULATIONS The Regulations extend the restriction on gatherings of two or more people in  […]

These Regulations came into force on the 8th August 2020. They: Extend the range of places at which face coverings have to be worn to include, amongst other venues:  indoor places of worship, community centres, crematoria, concert halls, cinemas, museums, bingo halls and public libraries. Provide additional exemptions to the definition of a shop. Amendment […]

These Regulations were made today (4th August 2020) and come into force on the 5th August 2020.  They place increased restrictions on meeting in households in large parts of north of England including Greater Manchester, Bradford and Kirklees.  A gathering of two or more persons in a private house, of people from different households, is […]