Monthly Archives: May 2020

ANDREW HOGAN JOINS CHAMBERS TODAY: “COSTS BARRISTER” ARRIVES

Andrew Hogan has joined Kings Chambers today.   Andrew is a well known costs barrister  one of the foremost commentators on costs and litigation funding in his blog Costs Barrister. THE NEWS ON CHAMBERS’ WEBSITE You can read further about Andrew, and find details of his practice and clerking team here. ANDREW’S WELCOME TO CHAMBERS […]

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

The government has updated its Frequently Asked Questions Guidance as to what you can and can’t do. The full document is available here.    1. Public spaces / outdoor activities / exercise 1.1 What can I do from Wednesday 13 May that I couldn’t do before? Things you can do on Wednesday that you cannot do now: […]

THE GOVERNMENT PLAN: COVID-19 RECOVERY STRATEGY: A LINK AND A SUMMARY

The Government has produced a “plan to rebuild”. It sets out the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. It is available here. WHAT IT DOES “This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response […]

PLANNING IN THE PANDEMIC: USEFUL LINKS TO KINGS’ SITE

Kings has produced a whole host of resources for planners over recent weeks.  The Kings’ website has a large number of resources for all those involved in the planning process.   PLANNING IN THE PANDEMIC Plan Making during COVID – 19: Publicity and Consultation Requirements David Manley QC and Piers Riley-Smith Focus on site notices: […]

Disciplinary and grievance procedures during the coronavirus pandemic: Guidance from ACAS

ACAS has produced guidance on Disciplinary and grievance procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.  This is available here, and set out below.   “The law and Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures still apply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes while social distancing and lockdown measures are in place. The employer needs […]

THE HEALTH PROTECTION (CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTION) REGULATIONS CONSIDERED BY THE COURT

The  Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) Regulations 2020  were considered by Mrs Justice Lieven in VE v AO & Ors [2020] EWCOP 23. This case also shows that the courts can determine that it is in the best interests of a person to leave a residential home to be with their family, in very specific (and […]

Rapid Consultation: The impact of COVID-19 measures on the civil justice system

There is a review by the Civil Justice Council on the impact of the measures taken to tackle the spread of COVID-19 have had on the civil justice system.   THE TERMS OF THE REVIEW “The review is particularly interested in gathering feedback from court users in response to the following questions: What is working […]

The importance of maintaining the Rule of Law in the Civil Courts during COVID-19: Recording now available

You can watch  Sam Karim QC in conversation  discussing this issue with leading members of the judiciary including the Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Ryder (Senior President of Tribunals), Mr Justice Hayden (Vice President of the Court of Protection), Mr Justice Waksman (Judge of the Commercial Court and of the Technology and Construction Court) and Mr […]

NE Circuit Pilot Protocol to apply to all non BPC fast track and multi track cases listed in Newcastle and Sheffield and Teesside from 1 st June 2020 – 31st July 2020 (at least)

A protocol has been developed by members of the North Eastern Circuit dealing with (non Business and Property Court) trials in Newcastle, Sheffield and Teeside.  That can be found here and is reproduced below. NEC_Civil Pilot Protocol 1 May 2020   THE PROTOCOL This protocol is to be followed by all NEC Chambers and Counsel […]

HMCTS weekly operational update: week commencing 4 May 2020

HMCTS now issues an operating update every week.   “From Friday 24 April 2020 are issuing weekly updates on our operational position and we’ll email our subscribers each Sunday evening with a reminder. On Monday mornings we’ll also publish a link to the weekly update on Twitter. You can see our previously issued daily operational […]