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President of the Family Division: Guidance as to the replacement of affidavits with statements of truth in non-contentious probate processes

On the 17th April the President of the Family Division issued Guidance which allows statements of truth to be used in place of affidavits in non contentious probate proceedings. PRESIDENT’S GUIDANCE   1. This guidance is issued to assist the courts and practitioners in relation to the use of statements of truth as a replacement for […]

SETTING ASIDE DEFAULT JUDGMENTS: SOME COVID-SPECIFIC ISSUES

  During the Covid-19 lockdown, businesses are at risk of failing to respond in time to legal proceedings. Some will be understaffed and slow to deal with post; others may have closed down completely, with limited or no access to their normal premises. It remains to be seen whether this will result in a higher […]

FURLOUGHING: OPTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

At the weekend the government updated the terms of its job retention scheme, and provided clarity about what furloughed employees may do for the business.  Helen Gardiner looks at the options. Work that employees cannot do Employers cannot ask furloughed employees to do any work that: · makes money for the organisation; or · provides […]

THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER’S GUIDES TO CORONAVIRUS ISSUES: SOMETHING TO BE COMMENDED (AND READ)

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s coronavirus information hub has been established to help individuals and organisations navigate data protection during the coronavirus pandemic.   The ICO is one of the organisations that has responded extremely well to the current situation. It has continued to give advice in a detailed and measured way, realised that there will be difficulties, […]

Articles 3 and 8 in the time of Coronavirus: a new case with implications for local authorities using the Care Act ‘easements’

The Care Act ‘easements’ were brought into force on 31 March 2020. Per the statutory guidance, local authorities may take a decision to apply the new and much higher threshold for receiving care. That threshold states that a person is not entitled to receive care and support from a local authority as a matter of […]

TEMPORARY PRACTICE DIRECTION SUPPORTING THE INSOLVENCY PRACTICE DIRECTION: THE KEY POINTS HIGHLIGHTED

The Temporary Practice Direction supporting the Insolvency Practice Direction is reproduced in full below. Eleanor Temple summarises the key points.  Eleanor’s detailed summary can be found on the Kings’ website here. Points of note.   * New Guidance of appointments of administrators * NOI and NOA which are electronically filed when the court is open […]

THE TEMPORARY INSOLVENCY PRACTICE DIRECTION – IN FORCE IMMEDIATELY

A temporary IPD which has been drafted by Mr Justice Zacaroli with Chief ICCJ Briggs, Mr Justice Snowden and Mr Justice Marcus Smith is in force from today. Eleanor Temple explains its purpose.   Application It applies to all insolvency proceedings throughout the Business and Property Courts, subject to any variations outside London as directed […]

FURLOUGHING AND THE FOOTBALL WORLD: WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO THE WAGES OF PLAYERS WHO ARE LEFT BACK HOME?

Ben Williams tackles the question of the impact of furloughing and the Football world. There’s been a lot of noise in the press of late about football players across Europe taking wage cuts. There has also been a lot of criticism about clubs furloughing non-playing staff yet still paying their multi-millionaire players, a scenario which […]

Local Government Decision-Making During Lockdown

John Hunter reviews the difficulties of local authority decision making during the coronavirus crisis. This short article is taken from a special bulletin of the Encyclopedia of Local Government Law dealing with the ramifications of CV19 due to be published this month. I am very grateful to Sweet & Maxwell for allowing it to be […]

Coronavirus Act amendments to the Care Act now in force and guidance on adult social care duties published

Arianna Kelly looks at the newly-published guidance on social care during the Emergency Period.   The Secretary of State made regulations on 31 March to bring into force extensive changes to the Care Act 2014. Guidance on the application of these changes has also been published: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities  Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities – […]