Sharpe Pritchard Senior Associate featured in the Construction Law Review 2020-21

Author(s): Juli Lau, Michael Comba Juli Lau, a Senior Associate at Sharpe Pritchard, and Michael Comba, Trainee Solicitor, have contributed an article to the 2020-21 edition of the Construction Law Review. Juli and Michael’s article, Navigating PFI contracts in 2020: managing PFI/PPP contracts in a crisis, considers how to manage PFI contracts in the aftermath…

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“COVID CODE” – GOVERNMENT PRACTICE GUIDE FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY RELATIONSHIPS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On 19 June 2020, the Government published a code of practice (the “Code”) in an attempt to provide guidance for commercial landlords and tenants operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Code was drafted by a steering group, consisting of groups/bodies across the commercial property spectrum. It applies to all commercial leases held by business which…

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Using the furlough scheme flexibly to manage mental health in the workplace

While the government job retention scheme has allowed employers to rotate staff on a three week cycle, many employers have not taken advantage of this offer. This may be because once staff were selected for furlough it was easier to operate or because employers selected their most competent staff to remain in work and didn’t…

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So what happens next….contractual arrangements post “lockdown” – Part 2

As the country takes its first tentative steps towards the new “normal” it is essential for contracting authorities to review the viability of their contractual arrangements and, most importantly, the interim provisions introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, now is the time to build upon the considerations contained in my previous blog on…

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Household Waste Recycling Centres: Updated Guidance

Defra has recently updated its ‘Managing HWRCs in England during the coronavirus pandemic’ guidance to clarify its position on the reopening of HWRCs. The guidance highlights an amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, which expressly allows the public to visit waste and recycling centres. On that basis, there is no legal…

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Covid-19 and a new ICO enforcement approach?

EasyJet announced yesterday a recent cyber attack on its systems which enabled hackers to access the emails and travel information of around 9 million customers, including credit card details in some 2,200 cases.  The ICO is currently investigating the breach and it remains to be seen whether any enforcement action will be taken. The incident…

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