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Coronavirus Knowledge Centre

Coronavirus Knowledge Centre

6th April 2020 - Published by Kuits COVID-19 Advice Taskforce

Kuits is continuing to monitor the evolving outbreak of COVID-19, ensuring we can speedily adapt to the changing needs of our people and our clients. The support to our clients continues unabated and Kuits remain committed over the coming weeks and months to provide the best trusted legal and commercial advice as needs and objectives develop and change. Read our updated Business Continuity statement here.

COVID-19 advice taskforce

Kuits has put together a taskforce to support clients through this crisis in the areas they are most likely to need our help. We can help with:

Your workforce: Contact Mark McKeating on 0161 838 7810 / markmckeating@kuits.com

  • Advising on furloughing measures (including communications with staff and letters of variation to contracts) to
    prevent risk of discrimination claims
  • Advice on lay-offs and redundancies.

Your properties: Contact David Moroney on 0161 838 7866 / davidmoroney@kuits.com

  • Advising landlords and tenants on strategies for renegotiating lease terms in light of the government’s temporary
    measures on protection against forfeiture.
  • Advising on construction contracts in this ever-changing landscape, plus material supply issues.

Your contracts and supply chain: Contact James Wall on 0161 838 7996 / jameswall@kuits.com

  • Advising on contractual clauses, in particular application of force majeure and other clauses to the current
    situation.

Your funding arrangements: Contact George MacMillan on 0161 838 7998 / georgemacmillan@kuits.com

  • Providing independent legal advice (ILA) and guidance to directors of businesses on applications for the
    Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (“CBILS”).

Advice for directors: Contact Richard Palmer on 0161 503 2996 / richardpalmer@kuits.com

  • Advice to boards on directors’ duties and how they protect themselves around decision making in navigating the crisis
  • Advice to companies if suppliers, customers, landlords or tenants enter an insolvency process
  • If necessary, advising on insolvency proceedings.

Claims and disputes: Contact Andrew Weinberg on 0161 838 7811 / andrewweinberg@kuits.com

  • Advising on debt recovery and all other disputes, including those between shareholders.
  • Advising in negotiations and disputes with insurers in relation to unpaid claims relating to COVID-19.

Your personal affairs: Contact Paul Bricknell on 0161 838 7860 / paulbricknell@kuits.com

  • Advice on putting in place Wills and Powers of Attorney for peace of mind
  • Advising on child contact matters during isolation
  • Maintenance and Child Support issues, advising payers and recipients in the light of income changes
  • Advice on achieving a seamless conveyancing process during these difficult times.

Our taskforce is available to advise you on your concerns and challenges as the situation progresses.

Call us on 0161 832 3434 or contact us for further information and assistance.

Insights

All information contained in the below insights was correct as of the day of publication.

Your contracts and supply chain

Commercial and intellectual property partner James Wall looks at whether COVID-19 is a force majeure event and the practical steps corporates should take going forward:

Coronavirus COVID and Force Majeure Contract Clauses

Your workforce

Our employment team discuss the newly introduced Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support businesses and prevent job losses.

Managing your furlough leave arrangements

Your properties and developments

Construction partner Charlie Tomlinson gives practical advice to developers and contractors amid the coronavirus outbreak:

Coronavirus and its impact on Construction Sector Contracts

Our landlord and tenant advisory team has provided advice for landlord and tenants in regards to commercial rent payments:

Coronavirus and commercial rent payments: Advice for landlords and tenants

Advice to landlords in relation to tenants seeking rent abatement

Our planning team look at new methods introduced to help keep planning for your new developments moving:

New methods introduced to keep planning moving

Advice for directors

Head of restructuring and insolvency Richard Palmer talks through the support available for businesses and gives advice on directors duties:

COVID-19: Government Support Measures for Businesses and Considerations for Directors

Head of restructuring and insolvency Richard Palmer discusses what the suspension of trading provisions means for directors:

Wrongful trading provisions suspended

Your personal affairs

Understandably, many clients have been getting in contact with us with concerns around estate planning. Our private client team has put together a summary of your options to provide peace of mind in the current environment:

Answering your questions on Powers of Attorney, Wills and Succession Planning

Family lawyer Colin Davies offers his advice on the recent announcement from Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove permitting children to move between separated houses during the COVID19 lockdown:

Permitting children to move between separated houses during the COVID19 lockdown

Residential property partner Duncan McGregor looks at issues arising for clients buying or selling the properties into or out of which they plan to move:

COVID-19 and the conveyancing process: advice for homebuyer and sellers 

Associate Kathryn Parrish discusses the obligations around private schools and education fees during COVID-19:

“Mummy’s on a conference call!”: Private schools and education fees during COVID-19 – what are your obligations?

Advice for leisure & hospitality businesses

Head of licensing Felicity Tulloch answers some of the questions our clients have been asking us:

COVID-19: Key questions the hospitality industry is asking 

COVID-19: Closure of bars, restaurants and similar premises.

Planning solicitors Victoria Leam and Bob Sadler provide insight into how the new planning measures announced can ease the burden and economic impact of COVID-19 upon restaurants and bars:

COVID-19: Planning measures announced to ease the burden and economic impact of COVID-19 upon restaurants and bars

Changes to the planning regime in response to COVID-19

Associate Rebecca Ingram provides the key knock on effects the current circumstances could have on leisure operators premises licence(s).

Coronavirus: Preserving your licences

Our licensing team has discussed what leisure operators will need to consider from a licensing perspective on the continued offering of takeaway and delivery services.

Takeaway and delivery: what you need to know

Government support available

Our team has collated some of the support available to businesses and individuals as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19: Support Available to Businesses

Your finances

The outbreak of COVID19 has affected both local and global financial markets. Here, we look at what this means for valuations:

Lenders: what does COVID19 mean for valuations?

Events

Property

A key webinar for commercial landlords managing tenant relationships during these unusual times:

COVID-19: Advice for commercial landlords

Leisure

A weekly online get together for directors and manager in the leisure and hospitality sector:

Weekly Lunch Date – Leisure & Hospitality

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