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On Wednesday 25th March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent. This comes amongst emergency legislation the Government has introduced to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Act introduces ‘emergency volunteering leave’ which gives workers the opportunity to leave their main job to volunteer temporarily in the NHS or social care sector. Employees will be permitted to apply to an appropriate authority for a certificate which will allow them to act as an emergency volunteer in health or social care.

Many companies in the energy industry will be very concerned about whether, given the disruption arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be able to perform their contractual obligations. 

Under English law and Scots law with limited exceptions unless the contract provides otherwise or unless the contracting parties come to an agreement to the contrary, parties must perform their obligations regardless of any external circumstances with which they may be confronted.

We are living in extraordinary times. The Covid-19 crisis is a once in a century event and none of us have faced the likes of this before. We are only at the beginning of it but it looks as though the economy is heading for recession and the crisis is bringing many challenges to all of our businesses. It is a worrying time for all business owners and management teams.

While we will not have the answer to all of your problems, the team at Stronachs is nevertheless always available to provide you with support today and in what will undoubtedly be a challenging future for us all.

On the evening of 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced the most stringent measures yet to attempt to control the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus. Details of the UK government’s announcement can be found here and the Scottish government’s guidance can be found here.

What we know about ‘lockdown’

There has been a recent update to Law Society of Scotland guidance regarding Powers of Attorney

While Powers of Attorney ordinarily need to be signed in the presence of a Solicitor or a Doctor, recent Law Society of Scotland guidance has confirmed that this can now be done by way of video conference, meaning that Powers of Attorney can still be signed, registered and made available for use, where required.

This page contains links to the most recent information relating to employment issues, including governement announcements and associated guidance/advice.  

29 May 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Update : Employer Contribution, Flexible Working

19 May 2020

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

14 May 2020

Annual Leave during the Coronavirus pandemic - Update

12 May 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Extension to 31 October 2020

1 May 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Updated Guidance as of 30 April 2020

This is the Year of Charlie House 

If you would like to show your support and donate to Charlie House we have a Just Giving page which details the many and varied events that will take place over the coming year to raise funds for their Big Build Appeal.  

The 2019 Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide was launched on Thursday 11 July.  The guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth from more than 50 countries around the world and is used by family offices and professional advisers to wealthy individuals, providing objective guidance on an international scale. The recommendations within the guide are based on in-depth analysis following extensive research by Chambers' experienced team.

Our STEP accredited Private Client team are one of only three firms to have been recognised in the north-east of Scotland, with Head of Department, Jaclyn Russell, being individually recognised and ranked.    

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