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COVID-19 has affected every sector of business, not least the construction sector. The delay and then recommencement of construction projects is fraught with difficulties and we know this is going to give rise to serious differences between Employer and Contractor (and Contractor/Sub-Contractor), not least of which being disputed applications for extensions of time, loss and expense or potentially claims for liquidated damages.

Directors during Covid-19 : Risk? Yes ... but how much risk?

Dispute Resolution partner, Robert McDiarmid, is featured in the May/June 2020 edition of the Business Bulletin - published by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.  

Updated 19 June 2020

At the beginning of June, the SCTS announced that Sheriff Court buildings were beginning to reopen (to court staff) in line with phase 1 the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Route Map. The court staff will, over the last few weeks, have been working hard to bring as much backlogged business up to date as possible with a view to hopefully being able to start processing new non-urgent cases (with the exception of simple procedure claims and summary cause actions for the recovery of heritable property).

Being placed on furlough leave or sadly losing employment as a result of Covid-19 could well have an impact upon separated parties who have a written agreement or court ordered arrangement in respect of alimentary obligations, whether that be child aliment or aliment for a spouse or civil partner.

The current Coronavirus outbreak is undoubtedly having an effect on each and every one of us, both in the context of our working lives and our family lives.

Last week the Government issued guidance as to what we all should and shouldn’t be doing to keep both ourselves and our families’ safe during this outbreak.  Many parents are trying to work out suitable arrangements for what is right and in the best interests of their children with the likes of home schooling one of the many considerations.  Additionally for separated parents, where their children were ordinarily moving between two households, whether by agreement or court ordered arrangement, one question for them will be how such contact between a child and the other parent can operate safely in the current circumstances.

These are challenging times and the raft of support measures introduced by the government are very welcome.  There are other measures that can help protect your business.  Caveats act as an early-warning system in the event that certain types of action are raised at Court in Scotland against your business without your knowledge.  They should therefore be considered as an integral tool of any business risk management strategy.

Time to review credit control

Almost on a daily basis new measures are being introduced by the Government and other bodies to support business whilst the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues. Calls are being made upon the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to clarify how these measures will work in practice, but what is clear is the devastating impact this already has on business cash flows throughout the UK.

Until this support arrives in real hard cash, what can be done to ensure employees and suppliers are paid at the end of this month and months to come? This is the time to review credit control procedures and book debt.

The high cost of paying for your payments - Solved?

Dispute Resolution partner, Robert McDiarmid, is featured in February's edition of the Business Bulletin - published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. 

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