coronavirus



ICO advises UK government it can use phone data to track coronavirus

The UK government has been advised by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that it can use anonymised mobile phone data in order to track people who have COVID-19.

Published 30 March 2020

COVID-19: Guidance on compliance with court orders relating to parental responsibilities and rights

The Lord President, Lord Carloway has published short statement intended to offer general advice to parents and carers whose children are the subject of orders made by a court relating to parental responsibilities and rights, for example in relation to contact or residence.

Published 30 March 2020

Evictions ban outlined as emergency legislation moves forward

The Scottish government has fleshed out the details of its plans to give private and social tenants increased protection from eviction ahead of the emergency legislation being introduced at Holyrood tomorrow.

Published 30 March 2020

UK ditches wrongful trading insolvency laws

The UK's wrongful trading law will be suspended to allow businesses to "weather the storm" of the coronavirus pandemic, business secretary Alok Sharma has announced.

Published 30 March 2020

Scottish government announces £100,000 ‘victims fund’ during pandemic

Victims of crime struggling financially amid the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access assistance worth up to £3,000, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced.

Published 30 March 2020

Annika Neukirch: Working Time (Coronavirus) Regulations – what you need to know

On 26 March 2020 the Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (WTCA Regulations) were made, coming into force with immediate effect. These regulations affect rights of workers to carry over holidays which they were unable to take due to coronavirus, writes Annika Neukirch.

Published 30 March 2020

Shaun George: Family law arbitration - how FLAGS can help during the pandemic

Shaun George explains how arbitration can help ease the strain of the pandemic on family law.

Published 30 March 2020

COVID-19: New interim payments guidance on submitting accounts

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has published new guidance on interim payments for practitioners.

Published 30 March 2020

ICCA Edinburgh rescheduled for February 2021

Following the postponement of ICCA Edinburgh due to COVID-19, ICCA and the Scottish Arbitration Centre have announced that the next ICCA Congress will take place from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 February 2021 in Edinburgh.

Published 30 March 2020

COVID-19: Social distancing enforcement measures are now law

Businesses and the public in Scotland are now required by law to follow necessary social distancing measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Published 27 March 2020

Harper Macleod launches HM home room to help people be apart together

Harper Macleod has made its contribution to the national transition to working from home by launching a virtual work from home (WFH) community for everyone.

Published 27 March 2020

SLCC: Advice for practitioners and firms on service standards and complaints

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) sets out key information for practitioners and law firms during the pandemic.

Published 27 March 2020

'Virus clauses' to become contractual norm

A solicitor who specialises in contract law expects we will soon see an increased appetite for inserting ‘virus clauses’ into future contracts as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Published 27 March 2020

England: ‘Coronavirus coughs’ at key workers will be charged as assault

People claiming to have COVID-19 who deliberately cough at others could be imprisoned for up to 12 months, the Director of Public Prosecutions has warned.

Published 27 March 2020

COVID-19: More flexible interim payments for legal aid promised

More flexible interim payment arrangements for legal aid lawyers will be made but require primary legislation, the Scottish government has announced.

Published 26 March 2020