ACAS issues guidance on home-working for employers and employees – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has set out the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees when working from home, in response to government advice for many workers to stay away from the office.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th March 2020

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EP 105: Rights in a time of Quarantine – Niall Coghlan – Law Pod UK

Posted March 23rd, 2020 in coronavirus, freedom of movement, health, human rights, news by sally

‘Rosalind English discusses with biolaw expert Niall Coghlan the implications for human rights law of government measures to contain or mitigate COVID-19, focussing on the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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Law Pod UK, 20th March 2020

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Self-isolating litigant in person appears via barrister’s mobile – Litigation Futures

‘A barrister has spoken of how a self-isolating defendant in a fast-track personal injury claim appeared before the court via WhatsApp video.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd March 2020

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COVID-19 and school places for critical sector workers: one parent or two? – Education Blog

‘The new Cabinet Office and DfE Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision states that school places should be provided where needed for children of critical sector workers. One issue which has arisen immediately is whether this means school places should be open where one parent is a critical sector worker, or only where both parents are such workers. I have heard reports of schools seeking to limit their intake to only those children for whom both parents are critical sector workers. In one case, this puts at jeopardy the running of a large special school which itself is essential to the delivery of a large part of this new policy, namely the continued education of children with EHC plans.’

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Education Blog, 20th March 2020

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Prisons ‘could see 800 deaths’ from coronavirus without protective measures – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2020 in coronavirus, death in custody, early release, health, health & safety, news, prisons by sally

‘Failure to protect the most vulnerable inmates in the UK prison system from coronavirus could result in more than 800 avoidable deaths, experts have warned.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2020

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Jury trials on hold in England and Wales due to coronavirus fears – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, delay, health, health & safety, juries, live link evidence, news, trials by sally

‘All jury trials in England and Wales are being temporarily suspended because of the risk of spreading coronavirus infections, the lord chief justice has announced.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2020

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Coronavirus: What Happens To Prisoners? – Each Other

‘The UK government has urged the country to maintain “social distancing” as the coronavirus death toll rises. How does this work for the more than 83,000 people in Britain’s often overcrowded prisons?’

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Each Other, 19th March 2020

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Final hearings to go online “very shortly”, says Lord Chief – Litigation Futures

‘Final hearings and hearings with contested evidence in civil and family cases will “inevitably” be conducted using technology very shortly, the Lord Chief Justice has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th March 2020

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Thoughts on financial regulation in the time of Covid-19 – 11 KBW

‘This note sets out some thoughts and information on the current crisis.’

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11 KBW, 19th March 2020

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Bar students urge BSB to reconsider exam delay – Legal Futures

Posted March 20th, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, delay, examinations, health, internet, legal education, news by sally

‘Students on the Bar professional training course (BPTC) have written a letter to the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to object to its decision to cancel the April sitting of the centralised examinations due to the coronavirus.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2020

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Further Lessons from Lehman Bros: The Court’s Control of Office Holders – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 20th, 2020 in administrators, appeals, banking, chambers articles, coronavirus, debts, insolvency, news by sally

‘When major financial institutions go to the wall the ensuing legal squabbles over the carcases often provide rich seams that can be mined to provide judicial clarification of the law for the benefit of all. The spectacular collapse of the Lehman Brothers empire is no exception and the latest chapter does not disappoint. In Lehman Brothers Australia Ltd (In Liquidation) v Macnamara & Ors (Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration)) [2020] EWCA Civ 321, the Court of Appeal (Patten, David Richards, Newey LJJ) has provided some timely and useful clarification on the correct test for the court to apply when considering the exercise of its inherent jurisdiction to control its officers within the principle of Re Cordon, Ex p. James (1873-74) LR 9 Ch App 609 or through the more specifically targeted statutory provisions for such control, as for example those in para 74 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 (IA 1986) with regard to administrators. In the present climate induced by Coronavirus (COVID-19), any clarity that makes the necessity of going to court less likely is to be doubly welcomed.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th March 2020

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The Corona Virus Bill and Human Rights – British Institute of Human Rights

Posted March 19th, 2020 in bills, coronavirus, human rights, news by sally

‘The UK, and the World, are facing a health crisis that we have not seen the likes of in over 100 years. This is a worrying time for many people and there is a need for governments to respond, including ours here in the UK. At times like these, when so many of us can find ourselves in an unfamiliar (or familiar) position of vulnerability, it is vital that we can be assured safety includes the protection of our dignity and not losing the rules of fairness and respect in the way power is used to respond to this situation. Recognising the need to protect everyone’s human dignity was, after all, born out of World War 2, one of the worst crises in modern history.’

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British Institute of Human Rights, 19th March 2020

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Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 – Parliament.uk

Posted March 19th, 2020 in bills, coronavirus, news by sally

‘The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Thursday 19 March 2020. This stage is formal and takes place without any debate.’

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Parliament.uk, 19th March 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Message from the Lord Chief Justice to judges in the Civil and Family Courts – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 19th, 2020 in civil justice, coronavirus, family courts, news by sally

‘Events have been moving so fast that detailed guidance on how to sustain the administration of justice in these two important jurisdictions would be overtaken by developments very quickly.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 19th March 2020

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Court of Protection Newsletter #18 – Spire Barristers

Posted March 19th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, Court of Protection, news by sally

‘Welcome to the March issue of Spire Barristers’ Public Law Newsletter covering news from around the web, practice updates and case reviews in Court of Protection and Public Law matters.’

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Spire Barristers, 18th March 2020

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First all-Skype trial tests crisis working at CoP – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, Court of Protection, live link evidence, news by sally

‘An entire trial is being conducted over Skype in a legal first that lawyers say could be a model way to ensure court business continues during the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th March 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest environmental law news update Charles Morgan and Christopher Badger consider environmental promises in this week’s budget, effects on the environment from the coronavirus and a new report that says net zero by 2050 is possible.’

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Six Pump Court, 12th March 2020

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Mother sends letter before action to government over coronavirus and strategy for needs of younger disabled people, lack of testing of health and social care workers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 19th, 2020 in children, coronavirus, disabled persons, news, social services by sally

‘Claimant law firm Simpson Millar has sent a letter before action on behalf of the mother of a child with a number of complex health and learning disabilities calling on the UK government to confirm its strategy for “meeting the needs of younger disabled people (children and working age adults) in the context of the current pandemic”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th March 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Housing associations body says no one should be evicted because of coronavirus – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, housing, news, repossession by sally

‘No one should lose their home because of coronavirus, the National Housing Federation has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th March 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Quarter of criminal trials in England and Wales face disruption – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, criminal justice, Crown Court, news by sally

‘A quarter of crown court trials will be disrupted due to restrictions unveiled overnight by the most senior judge in England and Wales to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the justice secretary has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2020

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