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Covid-19: Managing Risks to Your Business: Fighting Fear with Facts

31 March 2020

Catch up with our Covid-19 webinar, where a number of key members of our team provided an analysis of current issues arising in relation to the pandemic and its effect on business.

Richard Nicholas chaired the discussion, and the speakers provided updates on the current position and recommendations on how to avoid and minimise the risk of adverse consequences flowing from Covid-19.

  • Employment Issues - Ian Deakin
    The job retention scheme; how to deal with sick pay, self-isolation and sickness absence; and the support available for self-employed contractors.
  • Funding Matters - Jonathan Edwards
    Eligibility for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) or Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) the relevant application processes, security requirements and how eligibility is affected if alternative sources of funding are available.
  • Property Issues - Caroline Green
    Whether tenants should withhold rent; how to approach landlords for concessions and the type of concessions that landlords are offering; and how you can claim Business Rates relief.
  • Commercial/contract - Ryan Harrison
    Common contractual issues including: how to identify ways to terminate or suspend existing contracts; the extent to which suppliers can be compelled to continue performing contracts; force majeure provisions; and the common law concept of ‘frustration’.
  • Disputes/litigation - Jonathan Tardif
    Main areas which are likely to give rise to contractual disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic; practical steps businesses can take to manage and reduce those risks; and how the courts are handling ongoing litigation during the lockdown period.
  • Insurance Issues - Tim Johnson
    The key insurance considerations arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and how likely you are to be covered if your business suffers as a result of the government’s enforced lockdown.


Follow us on LinkedIn and check out our Covid-19 hub to stay up-to-date with all the latest developments on this subject.

our speakers

Richard Nicholas

Richard Nicholas

Partner

Richard specialises in commercial, IT and outsourcing agreements, complex projects for private and public sector clients, collaboration, distribution & agency contracts, e-commerce and consumer law.

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Ian Deakin

Ian Deakin

Senior Associate

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Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

Partner

Jonathan Edwards specialises in banking law and has acted on some of the most complex deals in the NW market.

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Caroline Green

Caroline Green

Senior Partner

Caroline is chair of the board. She specialises in high value and complex commercial contract and property matters, including advising national and international retail, transport and logistics clients.

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Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

Partner

Ryan Harrison specialises in commercial contracts, IT and outsourcing arrangements, and agreements relating to the licensing and ownership of intellectual property rights; extensive in house experience gained through secondments to retail and brand owner clients.

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Jonathan Tardif

Jonathan Tardif

Partner

Jonathan Tardif specialises in commercial dispute resolution; complex, high value litigation and arbitration claims; aerospace, retail, manufacturing, energy and IT disputes; warranty claims; group actions; ADR.

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Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

Partner

Tim specialises in insurance policy drafting, insurance coverage advice and defending professional liability claims against professionals in both the traditional and emerging sectors.

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The opinions expressed on this video are provided for the purposes of general interest and information and should not be relied upon. They contain only summaries of aspects of the subject matter at the time of publishing and do not provide comprehensive statements of the law. They do not constitute legal advice and do not provide a substitute for it. So why not talk to us and seek advice that's tailored to you? You can look up one of our experts on this website or call on 0370 270 6000.

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