ONLINE PROPERTY AUCTIONS: CONTINUITY DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

The general impact of the coronavirus outbreak has had a clear and present effect on both commercial and residential property transactions. Government guidance on property purchases (as well as generic guidance vis-à-vis lockdown) has culminated in a countrywide halt on the majority of residential sales transactions. Although not as stagnated as the residential property market,…

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Guidance Notes for Construction Contracts – Procurement Policy Note 02/20

On 6 April 2020, the Cabinet Office published helpful guidance notes on the implementation of Procurement Policy Note 02/20 by contracting authorities in England in relation to existing works contracts. Options for Relief The guidance sets out a non-exhaustive list of different forms of relief that a contracting authority can agree with a supplier whose…

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COVID-19 and Telecommunications Infrastructure – Government Guidance

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently published guidance for network operators to emphasise the importance of telecommunications infrastructure in England during the COVID-19 outbreak. The government has recognised the importance of the telecommunications sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. Telecommunications has been included as one of the critical sectors and telecommunications…

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Procurement Policy Note 03/20 – Use of Procurement Cards

The third PPN published in quick succession (PPN 03/20) saw the Government issue guidance on the use of procurement cards by ‘in scope organisations’ (Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies). Procurement cards are widely used in the public sector for transactions below certain thresholds, and have been found to save…

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Emergency development by a local authority or health service body in England: Second temporary relaxation of planning control for Coronavirus

Planning authorities and health service bodies are now able to carry out development in response to an emergency  under changes to permitted development rules brought into force on Thursday 9th April. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 (see this link) is the second such amendment to permitted development…

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DIRECTORS’ DUTIES AND COVID-19

Being a company director or secretary in the current uncertain climate is particularly difficult. The COVID-19 crisis has presented a number of challenges and, as the corporate world reels from challenges which seemingly develop overnight, directors are no doubt faced with unpredictable circumstances to which it is difficult to respond effectively. Wrongful trading There will…

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