MacRoberts and coronavirus – Supporting You, Your Families & Your Businesses

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause economic uncertainty across all areas of business and for individual families. As we gradually emerge from lockdown into a 'new normal', the full economic impact of the virus has yet to be realised. The furlough scheme is now winding down and, as businesses are starting to get back to the workplace under social distancing restrictions, we are now looking ahead to what the next weeks, months and perhaps even years may look like.

During the pandemic, MacRoberts has continued to provide our clients with expert legal advice as they navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus. Our lawyers have frequently issued legal updates on the key issues businesses should be aware of, and you will find all of that information below. We have also produced a number of short webinars and podcasts on frequent updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme through our MacRoberts Live Bitesized series, available here.

As businesses get 'back to work', the Scottish and UK Governments are frequently issuing new and updated guidance on how the country should navigate the effects of the coronavirus. As has been the case throughout this period, MacRoberts continues to monitor Government guidance closely and our lawyers are here to support you, your businesses and your families through these uncertain times. Please do not hesitate to contact me personally or any member of the MacRoberts team – we are here for you.

On behalf of everyone at MacRoberts, we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you again.

Warmest wishes,

Neil Kennedy
Managing Partner

    • COVID-19 Scottish Civil Justice System: COVID-19 implications Whilst business seems to continue on a different format in the English & Welsh courts, the position in Scotland is not as happy. However, there are signs of a slow return to business across the Scottish Courts.
    • Employment Furlough extended and Job Support Scheme postponed As a result of England's lockdown beginning on 5 November 2020, the Government has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended and, in turn, the Job Support Scheme postponed.
    • Employment Improvements to the Job Support Scheme Announced HM treasury have announced that the Government will be increasing the scope of support under the Job Support Scheme. The Job Support Scheme (“JSS”) was first announced by the Chancellor on 24 September 2020 as support for safeguarding viable jobs in businesses that are facing lower demand over the winter due to the impact of COVID-19 (the “Short-time Working JSS”).
    • Employment Important further details of the Job Support Scheme More details of the job-support scheme are emerging as we approach the opening of the scheme on 1 November 2020. The Treasury Direction (which will contain the details of the scheme) have not yet been published. However, the UK Government have now published a policy paper on the scheme, and more details are expected before the end of the month.
    • Construction Construction sector sets out plans for continuing COVID-19 recovery... and beyond While the construction sector continues to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum has set out its detailed recovery plan for the Scottish construction sector.

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