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            Our team in the UK have been creating the Insights below to help you navigate through the significant operational and commercial challenges in the country.

            Commercial Insights

            Commercial Insights


            29 April 2020: Modern slavery reporting guidance during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

            In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 and subsequent impact on businesses' supply chains, the Government has issued new guidance advising businesses that they will need to consider how changes to their operating model and fluctuations in demand during the pandemic may lead to new or increased risks of human trafficking or labour exploitation. This article looks at the Government's advice in more detail. Read more >

            23 April 2020: Staying socially responsible in advertising

            We've taken a look at the ASA's position on social responsibility and considered what can be shown in ads in light of social distancing and the regulations placed around shopping. Read more >

            6 April 2020: Covid-19: Top tips for balancing contractual obligations and sustainability

            Our top tips for businesses who are having to balance managing their ongoing contractual obligations with ensuring long term sustainability. Read more >

            30 March 2020: Helping businesses with flexible resource

            In this challenging time, where balancing cost control and business continuity is more crucial than ever, it may not have crossed your mind to use a freelance consultant to help optimise your business' operation. Read more >

            17 March 2020: European Commission confirms it will give "maximum flexibility on State aid" to allow Member States to support businesses affected by Covid-19, while the UK announces a series of measures itself

            The European Commission confirms it will provide "maximum flexibility" on State aid rules to support sectors affected by the Coronavirus pandemic such as aviation, transport and tourism, as the UK Government separately announces a £12bn stimulus package to counter UK Coronavirus shock. Read more >

            10 March 2020: Coronavirus: are your contracts safe?

            Fears of the impact of COVID-19 on commercial contracts have been elevated with the WHO announcing that the world must be prepared for a pandemic and some buyers already declaring force majeure in their contracts. In this article we consider some of the outbreak's potential effects. Read more >

            Data Protection Insights

            Data Protection Insights


            29 April 2020: DWF Data Protection Insights April 2020

            Here is our round-up of the month's top data protection stories, together with practical advice on how to address the legal issues raised. Read more >

            31 March 2020: Technology Solutions Checklist

            To help companies which are developing technology solutions to help predict, mitigate or contain the spread of COVID-19, we have compiled a checklist of points to consider. Read more >

            17 March 2020: Data Protection and Cyber Security issues

            Our experts address key issues for businesses to consider in relation to data protection and cyber security issues. Read more >

            17 March 2020: When all employees work from home

            Working from home, potentially from employees' own devices, has data protection related consequences that employers need to take into consideration. Read more >

            Dispute Resolution Insights

            Dispute Resolution Insights


            13 May 2020: Pandemic Petitions

            What to do if your business is faced with the threat of being wound up. Read more >

            17 April 2020: Time to raise the service game

            Problems arising from the COVID-19 crisis have highlighted the need to allow electronic service of court documents in Scotland. Read more > 

            3 April 2020: UK - Coronavirus and Force Majeure clauses in business to consumer contracts

            This article considers the operation of Force Majeure clauses in business to consumer contracts where a business has been prevented or delayed in performing their contractual obligations as a result of Coronavirus. Read more > 

            Employment Insights

            Employment Insights


            26 May 2020: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Further Treasury Direction issued

            The Chancellor has made a further Treasury Direction providing clarity on the legal framework to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") and addressing some of the inconsistencies with HMRC's guidance. Read more >

            22 May 2020: Stay alert: protect your employees' mental health whilst they work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

            This year, Mental Health Awareness week falls at a time where employee mental health and wellbeing is a prime consideration. We take a look at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health and what employers can do to support employees. Read more > 

            Managing your workplace post-lockdown: A hub of resources for UK businesses

            As the UK prepares for a "new normal" and the relaxation of lockdown restrictions is envisaged, we have created this hub to provide you with research, webinar's and check-lists to help your business prepare.  Read more >

            12 May 2020: Back to work: an overview of the practical implications for employers

            As the UK government publishes its strategy to bring the UK out of lockdown, we explore the key considerations that employers will need to bear in mind when re-opening their workplaces and encouraging employees to return to work. Read more >

            7 May 2020: COVID-19: The key challenges facing employers across the globe

            As employers across the globe come to terms with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a look at the key challenges facing employers in a range of jurisdictions across the world. Read more >

            28 April 2020: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Latest amendments

            As the online portal enters its second week, further amendments have been made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") providing some clarity. Read more >

            20 April 2020: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Fifth update made by the UK government on 17 April

            As the CJRS is extended to the end of June the government published a further update to the CJRS guidance. Read more >

            17 April 2020: CJRS - The legal framework for the CJRS

            The Chancellor has made a Treasury Direction providing the legal framework to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Read more >

            15 April 2020: CJRS - Fourth update made by the UK government on 15 April

            The eligibility date of the PAYE payroll scheme has changed from 28 February to 19 March 2020 in the latest update to the guidance. Read more >

            14 April 2020: CJRS - Third update made by the UK government on 9 April

            The latest instalment of the guidance provides welcome assistance for employers. Read more >

            9 April 2020: Why set up or extend the use of an employee share scheme now?

            In this difficult economic climate share schemes could be a valuable option for employee remuneration. Read more >

            6 April 2020: CJRS: Second update made by the UK government on 4 April

            The government has updated its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme after being inundated with queries as to how the scheme works in practice. Read more >

            1 April 2020: Adjusted right to work checks

            We outline how right to work checks are being adapted due to COVID-19 challenges. Read more >

            31 March 2020: Annual leave carry over restrictions relaxed

            The government has amended the Working Time Regulations 1998, relaxing the rules on carrying over annual leave to support key industries. Read more >  

            27 March 2020: New support for the self-employed

            The government has launched new measures to assist self-employed individuals and launched the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.  Read more >

            27 March 2020: CJRS - 1st update made by the Government on 26 March

            The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been introduced as a temporary measure to assist employers and employees. Read more >

            24 March 2020: Gender pay gap reporting suspended

            The decision has been taken that enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines will be suspended for this reporting year (2019/2020). Read more >

            23 March 2020: CJRS - Support for businesses announced through Job Retention Scheme

            The government has confirmed that they intend for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to run for at least three months from 1 March 2020. Read more >

            20 March 2020: Proposed Wage Subsidy

            We outline what we expect the Chancellor will include within the Wage Subsidy. Read more >

            20 March 2020: Employers asked to stick by their employees whilst employment and wage subsidy package is finalised

            The Chancellor is expected to announce the latest fiscal attempt to help protect UK businesses imminently. Read more >

            19 March 2020: Obligations under the new IR35 rules

            Implementation of the rules has now been postponed to 6 April 2021, but businesses will still need to be prepared and ready for the new regime. Read more >

            19 March 2020: Changes to off-payroll working rules postponed

            As part of its response to COVID-19, the Government has postponed the implementation of changes to off-payroll working. Read more >

            18 March 2020: Q&A for employers

            Listen to our webinar where we will discuss the main challenges facing employers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read more >

            17 March 2020: What are the practical implications for employers?

            Employers are facing unprecedented challenges in terms of their business and their people. Read more >

            EU & Competition Law Insights

            EU & Competition Law Insights


            29 May 2020: Project Birch: Treasury plans to use State aid to bail out some of the UK's largest companies as the COVID-19 pandemic bites

            UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has authorised a bold rescue plan named “Project Birch” to provide State assistance to strategically important companies whose failure would "disproportionately harm the UK economy". Reports state that the Government is planning to offer preferential loans or take equity in strategically important companies, but only as a last resort.  This marks a significant change in approach for the UK Government, which has previously been focused on supporting companies through grants and loans. Read more >

            6 May 2020: Government loan to Rugby League in the wake of COVID-19, raises questions about whether other sports should be supported through State aid

            The UK Government has awarded a £16m loan to the Rugby Football League in order to "protect the entire sport" from COVID-19 hardship. The move raises questions about whether public funding should support other sports, such as football and rugby union, and how such interventions can be structured to comply with State aid law. Read more >

            6 April 2020: European Commission approves UK scheme to allow all public authorities to grant Coronavirus related State aid awards of up to €800,000

            The UK has received approval for a State aid scheme making use of the new options available under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. Read more >

            1 April 2020: CMA guidance on business cooperation during the crisis

            The CMA has published a guidance outlining its approach to businesses cooperating during the COVID-19 crisis and explaining what arrangements could be legal under competition law during the crisis. Read more >

            26 March 2020: UK's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme approved by European Commission

            Two newly approved UK State aid schemes will allow the UK Government to provide loan guarantees for and direct grants to support SMEs. Read more >

            20 March 2020: New emergency framework for State aid of up to €800,000 per undertaking

            The European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to make it easier for Governments to provide State aid. Read more > 

            19 March 2020: UK responds to COVID-19 with £330bn of additional support measures for businesses

            The UK government has announced a major extension to the support for businesses provided for in the budget last week. Read more >

            Financial Services Insights

            Financial Services Insights


            27 May 2020: UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

            On 20 May 2020, the UK government published its draft Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the "Bill") which aims to help companies maximise their chances of survival during the pandemic. Read more >

            7 May 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Bounce Back Loan Scheme

            In this article we outline some of the main features of the UK government's recently launched business bounce back loan scheme which is designed to help small and medium sized UK businesses overcome the financial impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more >

            22 April 2020: Coronavirus: Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

            The UK government has extended the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to medium and large size businesses. Read more >

            9 April 2020: The impact of COVID-19 on share schemes 

            If employers choose to furlough employees under the temporary Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, it is important to understand the impact this could have on existing employee share schemes. Read more >

            9 April 2020: HMRC's response in insolvency situations

            HMRC has confirmed its approach to insolvency during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read more >

            7 April 2020: FCA proposes temporary measures arising from COVID-19

            The FCA have proposed a range of targeted measures to quickly support borrowers of certain consumer credit products who are facing a financial impact. Read more >

            3 April 2020: UK Government Announces Amendments to Insolvency Laws

            The UK Government has announced plans to bring forward legislation to amend the UK's insolvency laws. Read more >

            26 March 2020: How to execute deals in the current situation

            A brief look as to how we can continue to execute deals whilst working remotely. Read more >

            25 March 2020: Funding Arrangements – What Next?

            We provide guidance to businesses in respect of existing funding arrangements, and the newly proposed government backed lending. Read more >

            20 March 2020: PE Funds batten down the hatches

            Read the latest from our Private Equity experts on how COVID-19 is impacting the stock market. Read more >

            20 March 2020: FCA top tips for firms to stay on the right side of the regulator

            We've outlined our top tips for firms trying to maintain business as usual, treat their customers and employees fairly and satisfy their regulator. Read more >

            17 March 2020: Advice for issuers and sponsors of debt capital products

            In response to the threat of potential disruption to financial markets, this article considers what actions issuers and sponsors of debt capital products should take. Read more >

            Insurance Insights

            Insurance Insights


            1 April 2020: Lockdown Police powers: the Police response to the Coronavirus

            On 26 March 2020, the government brought in 'lockdown laws' and the police have been given an unprecedented role in the fight against Coronavirus, with powers they could not have imagined they would use. Read more >

            31 March 2020: Chief Coroner Guidance - COVID-19

            The Chief Coroner has now published guidance for all coroners about the approach to COVID-19. It applies to reports of death and coroner investigations in England and Wales only, and is intended to provide additional guidance for the exercise of judicial decisions "in the context of extraordinary pressures which are present". Read more >

            30 March 2020: COVID-19 For Insurers: Risk, Reputation and Response

            The COVID-19 virus has dislocated every aspect of normal social, family and business life. There are no precedents. There is no guide as to how we should respond. The situation is fast-moving and extremely concerning. For insurers the challenges are enormous. Every class of business is affected. Read more > 

            24 Feburary 2020: Coronavirus: The insurance market impact

            Jonathan Moss, Head of Marine and Trade at DWF comments on the repercussions of the pandemic on the Insurance industry. Read more >

            Public Sector Insights

            Public Sector Insights


            29 May 2020: UK Government COVID-19 update, 29 May 2020

            Issue 9, 29 May 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update. Read more >

            27 May 2020: UK Government COVID-19 update, 21 May 2020

            Issue 8, 21 May 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update. Read more > 

            20 May 2020: UK Government COVID-19 update, 15 May 2020

            Issue 7, 15 May 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update. Read more > 

            15 May 2020: Challenges ahead for State aid to airports and airlines

            A perfect storm is developing in the aviation sector with Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary pledging to use State aid law to challenge many of the rescue measures provided to rival carriers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this article we explore the likely impact of such litigation and look at recent State aid approvals relating to airlines and airports. Read more >

            15 May 2020: State aid law: European Commission amends COVID-19 Temporary Framework to faciltate recapitalisation aid and subsordinated debt awards

            In a move which is likely to facilitate multiple European government bail outs of airlines, sports, leisure and hospitality companies and possibly even carmakers and others under the most acute pressure from the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission has further amended its State aid Temporary Framework to allow for recapitalisation aid and subordinated debt instruments. Read more > 

            7 May 2020: UK Government COVID-19 update, 7 May 2020

            Issue 6, 7 May 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update. Read more >

            7 May 2020: £617m Coronavirus top up fund:  Councils given additional funding to support small businesses affected by lockdown

            Small businesses which have seen a significant fall in income due to the Coronavirus lockdown will be able to receive grants of up to £25,000 under a new £617m "top up" fund.  The support will be provided on a discretionary basis by local authorities.  The scheme is focussed upon businesses with less than 50 employees, in particular those who have so far not been eligible for other Coronavirus grant support. Read more >

            6 May 2020: COVID-19 Adult Social Care considerations for Local Authorities

            This note summarises some key considerations for Local Authorities ("LAs") in light of the Care Act 'easements' and the Government's Action Plan for Adult Social Care ("Action Plan"). Read more >

            1 May 2020: UK Government COVID-19 update, 1 May 2020

            Issue 5, 1 May 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update. Read more >

            29 April 2020: UK Government announces "Bounce Back Loans" for small and medium sized businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic

            The UK Government has announced a new public funded initiative, "Bounce Back Loans" under which small and medium-sized businesses may borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 from a list of accredited lenders.  No fees or interest will need to be paid by the recipient of the loan for the first twelve months and the Government will provide a guarantee covering 100% of the loan to the lender. Read more >

            24 April 2020: UK Government announces £1.25 billion "Coronavirus Relief Package" for innovative firms hit by Coronavirus, including £500m Future Fund and £750m additional R&D "innovation" funding for SMEs

            The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, has announced two new Government funds worth £1.25 billion. The Future Fund is worth £500m and will support high-growth companies impacted by the crisis and the £750m Innovate UK fund will offer grants and loans to SMEs involved in research, development and innovation. Read more >

            24 April 2020: CLBILS launched to support medium sized and larger businesses

            Read our FAQs on the key points of the new British Business Bank delivered scheme, including eligibility and State aid implications. Read more >

            6 April 2020: COVID-19 Update for Care Homes: Maintaining care home staffing levels during the current pandemic

            This article covers some of the key staffing issues facing care home providers during the current pandemic, from managing individual staff illness, to meeting the new demand for care provision in a way that ensures residents' needs are met in compliance with regulations. Read more >

            3 April 2020: COVID-19: New government guidelines on care home admissions during the Coronavirus outbreak

            The care sector will be expected to play a vital role in accepting patients from hospitals during this pandemic, ensuring hospitals have enough beds to treat acutely sick patients. Read more >

            27 March 2020: UK Government issues guidance recommending that public bodies continue making payments to "at risk" suppliers

            The Government has issued PPN 02/20 which provides guidance on how public bodies should deal with their existing contractual arrangements so as to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more >

            27 March 2020: The Impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on Public Services

            Parliament has shut down for a month to combat the spread of coronavirus. One of its last acts, in the final session, was to pass through the Coronavirus Bill, which received Royal Assent on Wednesday night. Read more >

            20 March 2020: UK Government publishes procurement guidance notes to assist public authorities in emergency purchasing requirements in light of the COVID-19 crisis

            The UK Government has recognised that there will be a range of emergency purchasing needs from public authorities in responding to the impact of COVID-19. Read more >

            20 March 2020: COVID-19: Competition law issues from the coronavirus crisis

            Government announcements to facilitate cooperation between competitors at a time of crisis and other Competition law issues emerging from COVID-19. Read more >

            5 March 2020: Could the government use state funds to help businesses affected by the Coronavirus?

            Jonathan Branton, Head of EU/Competition at DWF, comments on whether Governments may step in to help businesses affected by the Coronavirus. Read more >

            Real Estate Insights

            Real Estate Insights


            1 May 2020: Commercial Real Estate - Registers of Scotland new digital submissions service

            Read the latest update from our Scottish Real Estate team. Read more > 

            28 April 2020: COVID-19: How to comply with the 2m rule on construction sites

            Read the latest from our Real Estate team as they discuss the 2 metre rule, how it can be applied, what to do when you can't apply it and risk assessment considerations on construction sites. Read more > 

            28 April 2020: Updated Guidance Note: can business tenants stop paying rents?

            Read our updated guidance for business tenants with regard to paying rent, lease provisions and other considerations. Read more > 

            28 April 2020: COVID-19 Guidance Note: Building Regulations – application during COVID-19 pandemic

            Read the latest from our Real Estate team as they discuss building regulations, with some practical guidance to follow during the pandemic. Read more >

            8 April 2020: The Future of Offices

            The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the breadth of our socio-economic landscape, forcing all businesses to adapt quickly to the 'new normal'. Notably we are now seeing an obligatory homeworking experiment taking place globally, with millions of people now forced to carry out their day jobs from their own homes in order to comply with social distancing rules. Read more >

            6 April 2020: COVID-19 paints a dark picture for construction sector

            Kate Kirby, Construction & Infrastructure Partner at global legal business, DWF, comments on the CIPS/IHS Markit construction PMI figures for March 2020. Read more >

            3 April 2020: COVID-19 Guidance Note: what does is mean for real estate in Scotland?

            Our team assess the impact of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 and issues for landlord and tenants in Scotland against the background of many tenants ceasing  to continue rent payments following compulsory closure of shops and other business on account of COVID-19. Read more >

            2 April 2020: COVID-19 Guidance Note: access to residential properties for Landlords to carry out repairs/maintenance

            The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges for both landlords and tenants, with much uncharted territory ahead. Read more >

            27 March 2020: Construction contracts, COVID-19 and Force Majeure

            A quick summary of the potential impacts and what Contractors and Clients should look out for in light of COVID-19 under popular construction contracts. Read more >

            26 March 2020: Coronavirus Act 2020: what does it mean for real estate?

            Our team assess the passing of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and what it means for the real estate sector and businesses. Read more >

            23 March 2020: COVID-19 & Contractual Obligations: A Strategic Approach

            This note considers the effect of COVID-19 on contractual relationships with a focus on force majeure and the doctrine of frustration under English law. Read more >

            23 March 2020: Applying lateral thinking to your current real estate planning considerations

            The outbreak of COVID-19 has required some lateral thinking and application of common sense to the approach to planning rules, such as  temporary rights to changes of use for pubs and restaurants, relaxations in delivery times and changes to the Planning Inspectorate's approach to appeals. Read more >

            19 March 2020: COVID-19: Can business tenants stop paying rents?

            Read our latest update on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting rental payments. Read more >

            19 March 2020: Considerations around rent concessions

            Many Landlords and Tenants of commercial properties have been having a tough time in the current economic climate and now COVID-19 has added a further unwelcome and major dimension. Read more >

            19 March 2020: The Impact of COVID-19 within the Real Estate Sector – what we know so far

            As we are all aware the impact of COVID-19 has had far reaching impacts on the global economy and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We are very aware of the struggles and concerns of our real estate sector clients at this time. Read more >

            Retail, Food & Hospitality Insights

            Retail, Food & Hospitality Insights


            5 May 2020: Guidance on cancellations and refunds during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

            With a rapid increase in the number of consumer complaints regarding cancellations and refunds due to the impact of COVID-19, this article examines new guidance provided by the CMA regarding this developing issue. Read more >

            23 April 2020: Staying socially responsible in advertising whilst staying socially distanced in life

            We are all at home, shops are largely closed and advertising is minimal. We've taken a look at the ASA's position on social responsibility and considered what can be shown in ads in light of social distancing and the regulations placed around shopping. Read more >

            16 April 2020: Pricing practices guidance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

            With the rapid global spread of COVID-19, the sudden demand and consequent strain on supply chains has had a significant impact on the retail sector. This article looks at the CMA's approach to price inflation. Read more >

            14 April 2020: Food supply chains & COVID-19: New power to investigate disruption

            Analysis of an as yet untriggered power provides an insight into how the Government and Devolved Administrations could compel participants in food supply chains to provide information in the near future. Read more >

            7 April 2020: Good news for large retail businesses as the Expanded Retail Discount 2020-21 is declared not to constitute "State aid"

            It has been announced that the "Expanded Retail Discount" initiative shall be awarded on a 'no aid' basis, following discussions with the European Commission, which is good news for larger retailers who had been concerned that the new business rates relief measure announced to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown may have been subject to a €800,000 cap. Read more >

            3 April 2020: FAQs: the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Food and Hospitality Grant Fund

            The Government has launched the Small Business Grant Fund ("SBGF") and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund ("RHLGF") which shall make grant awards to eligible businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >

            23 March 2020: Avoid scaremongering and advertise responsibly

            The ASA published its regulatory approach in the context of COVID-19; Katharine Mason, Director in our Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations team spent a weekend absorbing ads and considering what steps advertisers need to take to remain responsible. Read more >

            23 March 2020: Repurposing of Hotel and Leisure Premises – Key Considerations

            Recent reports suggest that hotel and leisure premises may need to be repurposed to support emergency and essential services in light of the COVID-19 crisis, we consider the implications on such businesses. Read more >

            Transport Insights

            Transport Insights


            7 April 2020: COVID-19 contract disruption routes to success

            Assessing the key challenges of disrupted construction projects -- force majeure is just one consideration under COVID-19 conditions. Read more >

            7 April 2020: Furloughing a Transport Manager: When is it ok?

            The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is available to the road haulage industry, but when can a Transport Manager be furloughed? Read more >

            7 April 2020: COVID-19: Annual Inspections for Dangerous Goods Vehicles

            This update provides guidance surrounding the exemption from dangerous goods (ADR) annual inspections for hauliers until further notice. Read more >

            26 March 2020: Senior Traffic Commissioner Guidance on the Maintenance of Vehicles

            As the UK enters a period of lockdown, the Senior Traffic Commissioner has issued vehicle maintenance guidance for operators who are essential transport services. Read more >

            25 March 2020: COVID-19 - Contingency and Emergency Planning in Transport

            We take a look at what the recent Senior Traffic Commissioner legislative guidance document means for operators following the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more >

            24 March 2020: Press Release: Pandemic-travel lockdown

            In the second phase of the UK's management of the Covid-19 pandemic, Covid-19 continues to demand global businesses' attention and now takes first place on the Government's agenda.
            Read more >

            Tax Insights

            Tax Insights


            1 May 2020: Coronavirus: Tax reliefs and support for businesses in Scotland

            The Scottish government has announced specific measures to support Scottish businesses and protect the Scottish economy. Read more >

            23 April 2020: Coronavirus: Tax reliefs and support to businesses in Wales

            In addition to the relief provided by the UK Government, the Welsh Government has announced financial support in the sum of £1.9 billion to assist businesses and workers in Wales to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Read more > 

            9 April 2020: The impact of COVID-19 on share schemes

            If employers choose to furlough employees under the temporary Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, it is important to understand the impact this could have on existing employee share schemes. Read more >

            9 April 2020: HMRC's COVID-19 response in insolvency situations

            HMRC has confirmed its approach to insolvency during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more > 

            4 April 2020: Why set up or extend the use of an employee share scheme now?

            In this difficult economic climate share schemes could be a valuable option for employee remuneration. Read more >

            27 March 2020: New COVID-19 support for the self-employed – a new dawn in employment taxes?

            The Government has announced a new self-employed income support scheme to support self-employed individuals whose trading profits are impacted  by the current crisis. Read more >

            24 March 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government Support for Growth Capital Companies

            Confirmation that the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is available to SEIS/EIS investee companies and a summary of the grants and reliefs made available by the Government as a result of COVID-19 that could be utilised by such companies. Read more >

            23 March 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tax Reliefs and Support to Businesses

            A summary of the key measures and packages introduced by the Chancellor on Friday to support and assist businesses and employers during this difficult period. Read more >

            19 March 2020: IR35: changes to off-payroll working rules postponed

            As part of its response to COVID-19, the Government has postponed the implementation of changes to off-payroll working. Read more > 

            Further Insights

            Further Insights


            27 May 2020: UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

            On 20 May 2020, the UK government published its draft Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the "Bill") which aims to help companies maximise their chances of survival during the pandemic. Read more >

            26 May 2020: COVID-19 - the impact on corporate governance, administration and reporting - an update

            The latest update on corporate governance, administration and reporting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >

            12 May 2020: Government issues guidance urging parties to contracts impacted by COVID-19 to act responsibly and fairly in order to protect the UK economy

            The UK Government has released guidance setting out recommendations for parties to contracts materially affected by COVID-19 to act responsibly and fairly to protect jobs and the economy. Read more > 

            12 May 2020: The role of "Spot Checks" in ensuring workplace safety

            A key part of the Government's plan to get the UK's workforce safely back to work is the newly published COVID-19 Secure guidance. Following comments that the safety of the nation's workforce will be enforced through "spot checks" of workplaces we look at what this might entail and how businesses can prepare for them. Read more >

            12 May 2020: DWF Adjusting - Post COVID-19 Construction Design

            How is COVID-19 going to change building design and how should designers/contractors/consultants provide advice in this new world? Read more >

            7 May 2020: Governments across the globe announce COVID-19 financial support packages for businesses

            In light of the global pandemic COVID-19, governments around the world are offering financial measures to support businesses. This is intended to ease the impact economically on these countries. Our report covers multiple jurisdictions and the measures introduced in their respective countries. Read more > 

            7 May 2020: COVID-19: FCA guidance for consumers and firms regarding complaints handling

            The FCA has published guidance on their website for consumers and firms regarding complaints handling during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more >

            7 May 2020: COVID-19 Advice to businesses: Lock up in lockdown

            We take a look at the measures businesses can put in place to protect themselves against the risk of criminal or civil proceedings being brought against them by trespassers entering vacant sites during lockdown. Read more >

            6 May 2020: Connected Services - Assisting insurer clients on business interruption claims

            As one of the key speakers at the forthcoming Virtual Cat PI and Occupational Health Insurance Conference, Simon Murray explains how DWF's Connected Services is supporting our insurer clients during these complex times and how we are helping clients to create response plans to the current crisis. Read more > 

            1 May 2020: DWF Regulatory Consulting - The FCA updates COVID-19 guidance

            As  part of its support for  regulated firms during the COVID-19 crisis, the FCA has updated it website and issued guidance on the requirements around getting “wet-ink signatures” (i.e. signing a document by hand using a pen) for client or other agreements and when submitting FCA forms. Read more >

            16 April 2020: In the land of coronavirus cash is still king

            The role of the Credit Department in managing credit risk and maximising cash collection for businesses has never been more critical to a business's survival than in the face of coronavirus. Read more >

            30 March 2020: DWF Resource - Helping businesses with flexible resource

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            19 March 2020: DWF Advantage - Helping employees develop their skills while working from home or self-isolating

            As we all know we are facing some challenging times over the coming weeks and months and we at DWF, our clients and the majority of the UK are looking at innovative ways of keeping business going, giving people the opportunity to work from home where possible, limiting travel and providing the support people need to look after their families. Read more > 

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