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PRESTON SUBJECT TO INCREASED LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings) (North of England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

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  […]

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020

These Regulations come into force on the 24th July 2020.  They impose a duty to wear a face covering in certain places, primarily shops. KEY DEFINITIONS “face covering” means a covering of any type which covers a person’s nose and mouth; “shop” means any building, room or other indoor establishment which is open to the […]

NO VARIATION TO COURT ORDER BECAUSE OF CORONOVIRUS

It is probable that the Coronavirus epidemic is going to give rise to many issues in litigation.  Some of them unusual and unprecedented.   An example can be seen in the judgment today in Dinglis v Dinglis & Ors [2020] EWHC 1363 (Ch) (Adam Johnson QC sitting as a High Court Judge). A respondent to a case wanted […]

HAVE A BREAK AND READ THE NO-NONSENSE GUIDE TO BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN

After a busy day of remote-working and home-schooling, the kids are in bed and you have 10 minutes to spare. What do you really need to know about BNG?  Jonathan Easton & Constanze Bell present the no-nonsense guide to BNG; ideal when there is a glass of wine waiting and you have limited time and […]

Download Skype to join a court hearing: HMCTS GUIDANCE

There is a useful step by step pictorial guide from HMCTS which shows how to download Skype to join a court hearing.   THE GUIDE The guide, which is available here takes you through the steps of downloading Skype onto your computer and installing it. It also includes downloading Skype on to a mobile phone […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): planning update

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published an update on planning matters, including temporary measures to make it easier to operate the planning system during the coronavirus crisis. THE GUIDANCE The Chief Planner newsletter of 23 March gave initial advice on the implications for local planning authorities of the current COVID-19 restrictions. We have […]

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020: (As amended): All the amendments colour coded

The Regulations have now been amended twice.  These are important Regulations which govern all of our conduct at the moment and for the foreseeable future. To make these easy to follow the first amendments are set out in red and the second in green.     The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020   […]

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 […]

CORONAVIRUS AND CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE

Nigel Poole QC considers the question: how will the Coronavirus pandemic affect clinical negligence litigation in England and Wales? It may seem insensitive even to address this issue whilst the NHS and healthcare professionals are doing such amazing work, risking their own lives and health, on behalf of the nation. However, those same professionals may […]