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27th Mar 2020

Could the #Covid-19 crisis speed up the adoption of remote and telemedicine services in the NHS?

Covid-19 is stretching the NHS like never before. Combined with the self-isolation rules it means people are reluctant to seek medical assistance for non-Covid-19 related healthcare issues. But what happens if they do need to seek medical attention for a non-Covid-19 condition? The answer lies in remote medical and other telemedicine services. Telemedicine has been […]

27th Mar 2020

What are my consumer rights during the Covid-19 crisis?

With stores across the country closed, what happens if you want to return an item you’ve bought? And what happens if you think you’ve been taken advantage of because of the crisis? Essentially, your consumer rights are exactly the same as in normal times. Let’s take a look at what they are. Right to a […]

27th Mar 2020

Covid-19 and working from home – how do I keep my business cyber secure?

As a nation we are conducting the largest remote working experiment possible. It will therefore come as no surprise that Covid-19 now potentially also poses the largest cyber security threat we have ever seen. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reported a number of coronavirus-related cybersecurity attacks throughout 2020. Researchers from Barracuda monitoring global […]

27th Mar 2020

How is the tech industry supporting the fight against Covid-19?

The NHS, its staff and medical equipment are at max capacity and in the coming weeks will likely be overwhelmed with the influx of Covid-19 cases. Tech companies from across the globe are rolling up their sleeves to help support health services and governments worldwide manage and mitigate the impact of Covid-19. Visual dashboards Visual […]

27th Mar 2020

What is happening about financial remedy proceedings in the Family Court in light of Covid-19?

Covid-19 has meant that the Family Justice system in this Country has had to adapt. Physical court hearings are not going ahead at the moment. Instead, the Court is moving to telephone and video hearings. As someone who has worked in the Family Justice system for many years, I can safely say this move to […]

27th Mar 2020

What happens if my Financial Dispute Hearing is adjourned due to Covid-19?

Given the effects of Covid-19, you may be facing the prospect of your long-awaited Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) Hearing becoming adjourned until a later date. Courts are moving to telephone and video hearings and I’ve written about this here. Courts are currently taking their time making decisions about hearings, which is entirely understandable given the […]

27th Mar 2020

What are the issues with the NHS guidance for NHS dental contract holders?

The NHS issued guidance for NHS dental contract holders about the Covid-19 pandemic on 25 March. I wrote about it here. The guidance answered many questions. It also raised many more and the BDA has compiled a list. I’ll also look at the key issues here. What reliefs will mixed practices be able to claim? […]

27th Mar 2020

Tackling cash flow problems in the construction sector until Government Covid-19 support arrives

Covid-19 is causing significant disruption to supply chains, sites, programmes, distribution channels and the workforce for all tiers on a construction site. All of which puts significant pressures on your cash flow. Last week saw the Government take unprecedented steps towards supporting the UK economy. News such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will […]

27th Mar 2020

What if I need to attend Court about child arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic?

The Court intends all hearings to continue to take place if at all possible by telephone. The usual rules and standards of the Court apply. You will probably need to be patient as this is a completely new way for the Court to be conducting hearings. Your solicitor will tell you what the arrangements are. […]

27th Mar 2020

What impact does social distancing have on the performance of your or your sub-contractor’s works?

Social distancing is a health and safety issue first and foremost. On any construction site, that is part of your CDM duties and obligations. CDM and social distancing As per the guidance here construction sites operating during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of the […]

27th Mar 2020

What effect will the RICS alert have on the real estate market?

RICS have issued an alert to their members about the impact the Covid-19 situation will have on real estate valuations that have been prepared. What does the RICS alert say? The alert tells all members that if they believe there is material uncertainty in a valuation they have issued to clients they must amend any […]

26th Mar 2020

How can care homes can help a resident make a Will or a Power of Attorney if there’s a blanket visiting ban in place?

Most care home and nursing home facilities have contracts that allow them to exclude visitors where there is a danger to other residents or staff if visits continue. As Covid-19 presents a clear risk, many facilities have understandably introduced a blanket ban on visitors. However, there are some situations in which a blanket ban many […]

26th Mar 2020

How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect my commercial contracts?

As a business owner, you’re already taking steps to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, prepare for it to get worse and protect your business, staff and customers as far as you can. If you are likely to have difficulties in meeting your contractual obligations or a contracting party has given an indication that it will […]

26th Mar 2020

How will a doctor know what my wishes are if I’m too ill to tell them?

Most of us have clear views about when and what sort of treatments and medical interventions we would agree to. The question is, how would a doctor or care worker treating you know what those wishes were? In these unusual and troubled times, it’s a question that becomes particularly relevant. The basic rule is that […]

26th Mar 2020

Coping with divorce and separation during the Covid-19 outbreak

If you are going through a divorce or separation, the impact of Covid-19 and the measures introduced to limit its spread are likely to be exceptionally tough for you. You may be in self isolation with someone who you are separating from. If you have children who are now no longer at school, this will […]

26th Mar 2020

What is the Covid-19 advice for NHS dentists?

On 25 March 2020, the NHS issued an update and guidance for dental practices on the Covid-19 pandemic. It explains how they are managing the crisis with service providers. It addresses the major concerns many NHS contract holders have, not least around the funding, because it is reliable source of income for many practices. It […]

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