Contracting with Coronavirus: JCT contract terms – 39 Essex Chambers

‘This article, the first in a series of three articles, considers the effect of Coronavirus on the contract terms applicable to the JCT form of contract. Other articles cover NEC terms, and the possible impact of the common law principle of frustration.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 26th March 2020

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COVID-19 New Insolvency Rules – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, insolvency, news by sally

‘The Government has proposed imminent new insolvency rules with the aim of helping more businesses weather the COVID-19 storm and avoid entering an insolvency process. The overriding objective is to assist UK companies to keep trading whilst restructuring. The measures proposed to give this breathing space are set to include a suspension of the current wrongful trading provisions and a new moratorium for businesses undergoing a restructuring process.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 30th March 2020

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Coronavirus: Woman ‘wrongly charged under new law’ – BBC News

‘British Transport Police has admitted wrongly charging a woman who was fined £660 under coronavirus legislation.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2020

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Number of potential modern slavery victims in UK rises by 52% – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in forced labour, news, statistics, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The number of potential modern slavery victims identified in the UK has risen by 52% in a year to a record high, official figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2020

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High Court judge quashes refusal by council of disabled facilities grant – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils cannot treat disabled facilities grant (DFG) applications from council tenants differently to those from others, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Papa Don’t Breach: Parental Liability under the Coronavirus Regulations – The 36 Group

‘The new Coronavirus legislation is only a week old and already there is public discussion over the tactics used by the police to enforce it (notable perhaps was former Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption expressing concern that we are sliding into “a police state”).’

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The 36 Group, 2nd April 2020

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Arron Banks fails in effort to use human rights laws to avoid £162,000 tax bill – The Guardian

‘Arron Banks, the businessman and Ukip party donor, has failed in his attempt to use human rights laws to dismiss a £162,000 tax bill.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Social landlord loses appeal over whether it granted inter-generational tenancy – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in appeals, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘A housing association has lost an appeal over whether it granted an inter-generational tenancy to a resident.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

New PD allows parties to agree longer extension of time – Litigation Futures

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has issued a practice direction allowing parties to agree longer extensions of time to comply with procedural time limits due to the coronavirus.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd April 2020

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The Remote Family Court – where does transparency fit in? – Transparency Project

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in coronavirus, families, family courts, live link evidence, media, news by sally

‘The Transparency Project recently assisted the FLBA tech working party to gather some information and feedback in light of the publication of the key judicial guidance on family justice during the pandemic – ‘The Remote Family Court’. That document (now on version 2), sets out a number of unresolved questions at paragraph 8.3. Our contribution to that exercise focused on elements that fell within our ambit – access to journalists and legal bloggers, recording of proceedings, litigants in person, and information for the public.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

How Well Do You Know The New Coronavirus Lockdown Rules? – Each Other

‘Am I allowed to drive to take my dog for a walk? Are shops still allowed to sell Easter eggs? Take EachOther’s quiz to see how much you know about the latest coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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Each Other, 2nd April 2020

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Council wins appeal over tribunal ruling requiring it to issue caravan site licence- Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in appeals, interpretation, local government, news, planning, tribunals by sally

‘The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) acted irrationally and put a council in an impossible position when it ordered it to issue a caravan site licence, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has decided.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd April 2020

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113th CPR Update – Practice Direction Amendments by Paul Dormand – Broadway House Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in chambers articles, civil procedure rules, news, practice directions by sally

‘Some of the amendments are in force from 31st March 2020, others from 6th April 2020. Here is a selection of some of the key points.’

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Broadway House Chambers, 27th March 2020

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The Rise and Fall of Subtle Brain Injury – Rope Walk Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in chambers articles, news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Andrew Hogan gives his insight into the Rise and Fall of Subtle Brain Injury in his latest Personal Injury Update.’

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Rope Walk Chambers, 1st April 2020

Source: www.ropewalk.co.uk

NICE amends Covid-19 critical care guideline after judicial review threat – Local Government Lawyer

‘The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (‘NICE’) has changed the COVID-19 guideline for clinical care after being threatened with a judicial review challenge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st April 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

APIL and FOIL issue guidance on Covid-19 co-operation – Litigation Futures

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in budgets, claims management, coronavirus, costs, electronic mail, law firms, news by sally

‘Personal injury firms should temporarily agree to accept service by email and freeze limitation periods, according to guidance issued to claimant and defendant lawyers today on the conduct of claims during the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st 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

Source: www.oldsquare.co.uk

The Bar in the time of coronavirus – Counsel

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, live link evidence, news by sally

‘The Bar… will it ever be the same again? Melanie Tether and Nadia Motraghi consider some of the immediate challenges – how to assess the suitability of an individual case for a remote hearing; how to ensure full participation of all parties so that cases are dealt with justly, as well as on an equal footing; and how to enable open justice.’

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Counsel, April 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

UK woman wins claim for NHS to pay US surrogacy costs – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in cancer, children, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, pregnancy, surrogacy by sally

‘A woman who wants to have surrogate children through commercial agreements in California has won her claim that the NHS should pay for the treatment.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2020

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Families of disabled children threaten legal challenge over government limit on outdoor exercise – Local Government Lawyer

‘A pre-action protocol letter has been sent to the Government calling on it to reconsider the policy that all citizens are only permitted to leave the house for exercise once per day.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st April 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk