Bounce Back Loans to support small businesses

28th April 2020

Yesterday (27 April 2020) the UK Chancellor announced a new fast-track loan scheme for small businesses which benefits from a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. The Bounce Back Loans scheme offers sole traders, micro-firms and entrepreneurs with much needed protection … Continue reading

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Break Clauses in Leases: The Impact of Covid-19

28th April 2020

As we all know, the impacts of Covid-19 are reaching far and wide. Where prospective tenants are still going ahead and entering into leases, many are seeking an additional right to break within the next 12 months as a way … Continue reading

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A Guide to Furlough: FAQs about furloughing staff during COVID-19

23rd April 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Furlough Scheme”) is up and running and employers can now submit their claims for reimbursement from HMRC through the online portal. On 12 June 2020, the government released guidance on the significant changes it … Continue reading

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New Future Fund to support innovative UK businesses

22nd April 2020

On 20 April 2020 government announced that it is to establish a new Future Fund scheme to support the UK’s innovative businesses currently affected by Covid-19. Innovative businesses have been unable to access other government business financial support programmes, because … Continue reading

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Will furloughed employees be on holiday over the Easter weekend?

9th April 2020

Will furloughed employees be on holiday over the Easter weekend? The bank holiday is finally upon us… For those with furlough arrangements in place, this may be more cause for a headache than the usual hurrah with the current ambiguity … Continue reading

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COVID19 and the UK IPO

9th April 2020

The UK Intellectual Property Office (“UK IPO”) is the central registry in the UK responsible for dealing with trade mark, design right and patent applications. The UK IPO has confirmed in a recent update that examination reports for UK trade … Continue reading

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COVID19 and Data Protection

8th April 2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) have issued a statement regarding the recent COVID19 outbreak and the impact on the UK’s data protection regime. Many businesses may be required to spend the majority of their time dealing with the consequences of … Continue reading

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Supporting our clients through COVID-19: Free chats, fixed fees and furlough leave agreements

30th March 2020

We’ve been thinking long and hard about the best way to support our clients through this unprecedented and unpredictable time. If you are an employer struggling to get your head around the pithily titled “Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme” and the … Continue reading

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Food and Drink Sector Spring Breakfast Seminar – Postponed

9th March 2020

Update –  Monday 9th March 2020Given the current situation with the coronavirus outbreak we have taken the decision to postpone this event. Attendees who had booked a place have been emailed regarding the event postponement. We will publish details of … Continue reading

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The Cornish Pasty Problem – protecting the Cornish pasty post Brexit

30th January 2020

The much-loved Cornish pasty was given ‘protected status’, or to use their snappy technical phrase ‘protected geographical indication status’, by the European Union in 2011. But the big question for Cornish pasty makers as we leave the EU at the … Continue reading

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