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29 September 2020 Corporate transparency and register reform: Government response now published

In May 2019 the Government consulted on a range of options to enhance the role of Companies House and increase the transparency of companies and other legal entities. On 18 September 2020 BEIS published the Government's response following a huge response to the consultation.

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3 July 2020 Non-payment of insurance premiums during the Coronavirus pandemic

The forced closure of many businesses as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Recent reports from the Office for National Statistics state that the economy was 25% smaller in April than it was in February this year.

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19 May 2020 Deal prospects for 2020: challenges and opportunities

How will the current extraordinary events impact the transactional market? The COVID-19 crisis has certainly created enormous challenges for the deal market.

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7 May 2020 Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) looks for fairer treatment of corporate customers

For many corporates, cash flow has been the most difficult issue to manage in the wake of the Government restrictions around Covid-19.

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28 April 2020 COVID-19 and declaring dividends

COVID-19 is currently having an unprecedented impact on the global economy. The legal framework in place for lawfully declaring dividends has not been relaxed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, so companies must take care to follow all of the usual rules when seeking to declare a dividend.

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22 April 2020 Mergers and acquisitions transactions and COVID-19 - 22 April update

We’ve already discussed various practical implications that COVID-19 is having on M&A transactions, but if transactions are continuing to go ahead, what are some of the legal considerations to bear in mind in the current climate?

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17 April 2020 The impact of Covid-19 on premises inspections for duty holders

Browne Jacobson has further recent guidance has emerged from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in relation to carrying out thorough examination and testing of lifting equipment and pressure equipment during the coronavirus outbreak.

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16 April 2020 The impact of Covid-19 on professionals

With the Government predicting that up to 20% of the workforce could be off at the same time during the pandemic and a period of economic uncertainty expected to follow, we are likely to see a significant rise in claims against professionals stemming indirectly from the Covid-19 outbreak.

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3 April 2020 Vicarious liability - when is the role of an Independent Contractor sufficiently “akin to employment”

The beginning of Spring 2020 saw the Supreme Court give judgment in two important cases concerning the principle of vicarious liability.

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3 April 2020 Vicarious liability for employers: mere opportunity does not in itself confer liability

On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court gave judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets v Various Claimants.

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