Top tips on working through the coronavirus pandemic

Members of Falcon Chambers provide property practitioners with best practice advice for business continuity during the lockdown

The transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the Covid-19 illness it leaves in its wake, has led to government advice, now reinforced by legislation, that has had a greater impact on our way of life than most of us have ever before experienced. We property professionals have had to adjust our working practices as a …

An uncertain time for pupil barristers during quarantine

Communication is key in reducing the anxiety of pupils, says Genevieve Reed, a criminal barrister and secretary to the pupillage committee at Red Lion Chambers

One key concern for all chambers during these uncertain times should be the welfare of their pupils. The key issues for pupils during this lockdown, much like the rest of the profession, will be their health, finances, and their practice, but the latter two will be felt acutely by pupils. Criminal pupils, under normal circumstances, …

Managing lockdown: A perspective from the criminal Bar

Tom Forster QC details the actions taken by Red Lion Chambers to stay one step ahead of the coronavirus, thereby protecting staff and clients, and ensuring business continuity as the pandemic develops

On Friday 20 March a friend posts on WhatsApp: ‘Can you do barrister in lockdown?’ Yes, no, and up to a point, I reply. This assessment was made good on Monday 23 March at 7:00 am when the Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) issued a statement announcing that no jury trials should take place unless it …

Covid-19 and the impact on food security and safety

Pieter Badenhorst, Director: Legal, risk and compliance, Afri Group Holdings

What started in a “wet” wildlife food market in Hubei, China has reverberated across empty food isles in supermarkets across the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought food security and safety firmly into the world’s spotlight. It will – and should –  inevitably lead to a global regulatory reform of food security and safety legislation. …

Coronavirus – The legal considerations

Theodora C. Mitropetrou, general counsel and corporate secretary, insurance and claims manager, Seanergy Maritime

Companies worldwide, including shipping companies, have been impacted by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, referred to as COVID-19.   The shipping industry in particular has been affected a great deal. China is the world’s largest importer of crude oil, iron ore and soybeans and a very large steel exporter and therefore the impact of the virus …

COVID-19, contracts, and corporate social responsibility

Barbara Sotomayor, General counsel and chief legal officer, Habitat Inmobiliaria

As I write this piece, the recent Covid-19 developments in our country have forced private companies from all sectors to change the working practices in their corporate headquarters to working from home with immediate effect, to cope in real time with the evolving situation. These measures have been largely implemented with little warning and with …

COVID-19 – The outbreak of a new reality

Carlos Eduardo Gil, chief legal officer, Sacyr Somague Portugal

As I write this, three days of remote work have elapsed due to the Covid-19 quarantine in Lisbon. As the Portuguese authorities prepare to declare a state of emergency, there are now more than 400 confirmed cases, with more than 4,000 suspected cases in Portugal alone. The figures, I fear, will be much worse in …

Coronavirus: plan ahead to maximise firm resilience

Eversheds Sutherland’s Marcello Floris, co-head of employment and pensions in Italy, provides HR advice to other law firms on how to cope with the current pandemic

The spread of the coronavirus gives rise to similar issues globally for employers: these include assessing the risks faced by their staff and professionals whilst at work and developing measures to control such risks, complying with local laws and guidance, identifying how much flexibility employers have to adapt their working arrangements to ensure business continuity, …