Monthly Archives: March 2020

The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

These Regulations came into force at 2.00 pm today. They amend the Working Time Regulations 1998.  They allow the worker to carry leave forward where two years if additional time was not taken because the worker could not take leave because of working through coronavirus.   THE REGULATIONS Amendment to the Working Time Regulations 1998 […]

DIVIDEND PAYMENT CONSIDERATIONS IN THE PANDEMIC

Mark Harper QC and Louis Doyle QC look at the litigation risks inherent in a company’s board acting on a dividend policy which fails to take account of the changing pandemic landscape   1. Owner/directors paid by dividends are not helped by the Self-Employment Income Protection Measures. 2. The income and future profitability of some […]

Covid-19 Insolvency Law Update: Emergency Changes and Court Hearings

Louis Doyle QC  provides a review of emergency legislation to aid businesses at home and abroad.   Kings Chambers’ insolvency team remains open for business, fully functioning and able to react to instructions at speed. We are working remotely and utilising platforms including Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and Zoom for conferencing and court hearings. […]

Emergency Covid-19 Guidance on DOLS is awaited

One of the first pieces of guidance to appear in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 was NHS’s COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements  , published on 19 March 2020, which at page 29, states:   “Duties under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 still apply during this period. If a person is suspected to lack the relevant […]

Frustration and force majeure: a dam about to burst?

Issues of frustration and force majeure are likely to come to the fore in the light of the problems caused by coronavirus.  Dr Nathan Smith looks at a recent case and the factors Given the disruptive effect that the coronavirus has had on economies around the world, it is inevitable that it will have a […]

KINGS CHAMBERS IS STILL OPEN AND ABLE TO HELP: STEPHEN TELLS US HOW AND WHY

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 […]

GUIDANCE IN CIVIL CASES FROM THE DCJ FOR NORTHUMBRIA AND DURHAM

HHJ Jeremy Freedman, DCJ for Northumbria and Durham, has given the following guidance for courts within that area. Note: (1) The extension of time for the parties to agree variation of the timetable to 90 days; (2) Electronic signatures will suffice.     “Guidance RE. Civil Cases (COVID-19) Small Claims & Fast Tracks All Small […]

SUCCESSFUL ONE DAY TRIAL BY SKYPE TODAY

We are reporting on ongoing online developments and hearings as they go.  Today a one day trial was successfully completed by Skype.     One day Skype hearing today Today Andrew Singer QC appeared in the TCC, London on 25/03/20 representing the Claimant in a one day Part 8 trial conducted using the Skype for […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses trading internationally

The Guidance was recently updated to reflect the constant changes that are being introduced by the government. In this post we explore the various points of guidance the government have provided to business to try an minimise as much disruption as is possible given the current climate. Pupil barrister, Shaylla Shabbir, reviews the guidance and […]

THE CORONAVIRUS ACT AND THE CARE ACT: THE KEY POINTS

The former Coronavirus Bill is now the Coronavirus Act 2020. The bill was not significantly amended in relation to the proposed changes to the Care Act – however, per s.87(2) of the Coronavirus Act, the changes relating to the Care Act will not come into force until further regulations are made to that effect. Arianna […]