Coronavirus and employer’s liability, some likely issues – Old Square Chambers

Posted April 20th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, health & safety, news by sally

‘Despite the major disruption to daily living and the emergency legislation that has been rushed into effect in response to the outbreak of coronavirus (SARS CoV 2) and the resulting disease (Covid 19), the duty of employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees has remained undiminished. It is at times like these, when the work of many health care workers and others who provide essential services involves exposure to a greatly increased risk of serious injury or death, that the protection of such employees becomes all the more important. The admiration and gratitude of the nation is little consolation if the entitlement to basic health and safety measures is reduced on the ground of force majeure.’

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Old Square Chambers, April 2020

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Health & Safety at Work and COVID-19: Adjusting to the New Normal? – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted April 20th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, health & safety, news by sally

‘How does this new and rapidly changing situation interact with the duties on employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees?’

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39 Essex Chambers, 8th April 2020

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Lessons from a groundbreaking Skype hearing – Litigation Futures

‘As the success of remote hearings sparks discussion – with many lawyers advocating for further adoption of these options post-coronavirus – retaining an even-handed view is key. Considering what stands to be lost as well as gained, and what steps can be taken to safeguard human connection and nuance, will be crucial.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th April 2020

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What About – ‘PPE – Does the Government owe a legal duty to provide it?’ – Nexus Chambers

‘There is no doubt that the Government owes a moral duty to provide those on the frontline fighting this virus with the tools they need to work safely. Beyond the undeniable moral duty, does the Government owe them a legal duty as well?’

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Nexus Chambers, 10th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Ofcom assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments after complaints – BBC News

‘TV regulator Ofcom has said it is assessing comments made by presenter Eamonn Holmes about 5G technology and coronavirus “as a priority”.’

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BBC News, 14th April 2020

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Divisional Court rejects Tesco judicial review challenge over criminal offences and food offered for sale after ‘use by’ date – Local Government Lawyer

‘Supermarket giant Tesco has lost a judicial review challenge over whether it was a criminal offence for a shop to offer food for sale, or otherwise place it on the market, after its labelled “use by” date.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2020

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Inquests into deaths in custody during the COVID-19 pandemic – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Following the sad news of the first death in custody from COVID-19, a question arises: what are likely to be the issues at inquests into the deaths in custody from COVID-19?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th April 2020

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Up to 4,000 inmates to be temporarily released in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘As many as 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales are to be temporarily released from jail in an effort to try and control the spread of coronavirus, the government has announced.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2020

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Personal Protective Equipment: The Basic Legal Principles and Important Government Guidance – Coronavirus: Guidance for Lawyers and Businesses

‘The term “PPE” has become one of general comment and concern. Here our newest recruit at Kings Jasmine Chan explains the Regulations, the duties owed and the government guidance in relation to PPE and coronavirus.’

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Coronavirus: Guidance for Lawyers and Businesses, 2nd April 2020

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Releasing the Pressure on Prisons – Nexus Chambers

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, health, health & safety, news, prisons by sally

‘The Covid 19 pandemic has led to lock-downs of populations the world over. The global has become the local. For our safety we are subject to unprecedented restrictions on our movement. So, it is cruelly ironic that Government inaction has created the situation where Covid-19 has taken a hold on those in our prisons.’

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Nexus Chambers, 3rd April 2020

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Personal Protective Equipment – The Last Frontier? – Old Square Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in care workers, chambers articles, health, health & safety, hospitals, news by sally

‘A look at the legal issues surrounding the provision of personal protective equipment to front line healthcare workers.’

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Old Square Chambers, 30th March 2020

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The impact of Coronavirus, part 1: trial by jury during a pandemic – 6KBW College Hill

‘Covid 19: the current situation is so fast moving that anything written will almost inevitably be out of date by the time it is typed. However, following the effective “lock down” from 8.30pm on 23 March 2020 it may be that there are fewer further changes until restrictions can be eased, and it is useful to reflect on the effect so far.’

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6KBW College Hill, 30th March 2020

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Network of priority courts launched for essential face-to-face hearings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 31st, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, health, health & safety, live link evidence, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice, HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the judiciary have created a network of 157 priority courts and tribunal buildings that will remain open for essential face-to-face hearings during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure the justice system continues to operate effectively.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th March 2020

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Coronavirus: Court fine for Tesco queue rule breaker – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, fines, health, health & safety, news by sally

‘A man has pleaded guilty to breaching coronavirus social distancing rules by repeatedly approaching people in a supermarket queue.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2020

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Draft in haste… Coronavirus restrictions and homelessness – Nearly Legal

‘Here are emergency regulations, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, made today. These, amongst many other things, deal with what commercial premises may open, or must be closed, and – to the point here – restrictions on individual movement.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th March 2020

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Coroners’ Investigations, Inquests and COVID-19 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, coroners, delay, health, health & safety, human rights, inquests, news by sally

‘The following post was written on the morning of 26 of March 2020. Today, 27th of March, the Chief Coroner brought out Guidance 35 on hearings during the pandemic (no. 35), with the proviso that all these issues will be kept under review.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2020

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Police fine people over social distancing – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, health, health & safety, news, police by sally

‘Police forces in England and Wales have fined people for ignoring guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2020

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Remote justice: a family perspective – Transparency Project

‘On Tuesday 17 March 2020, less than 24 hours after the Prime Minister’s announcement to the nation to avoid all non-essential contact due to COVID-19, I attended the first entirely remote hearing for the Court of Protection. I was there in a voluntary, non-official capacity to support someone I’ll call “Sarah”, whose father was at the centre of a serious medical treatment case.’

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Transparency Project, 29th March 2020

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Majority of courts to close from Monday – Litigation Futures

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, health, health & safety, live link evidence, news, tribunals by sally

‘Fewer than half of courts and tribunals will remain open for face-to-face hearings as part of efforts to maintain a “core justice system focused on the most essential cases”, the government has announced.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th March 2020

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Is Covid-19 Changing How We Think About Criminal Justice Reform? – Each Other

‘Barrister Tim Kiely examines the unexpected changes taking place within the criminal justice system amid the Covid-19 outbreak.’

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Each Other, 26th March 2020

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