The Scottish Government has now published a route map, which details a four phase approach to the removal of lockdown restrictions.

As to timings, there’s speculation the implementation of the changes will coincide with the three-weekly lockdown review cycle. Therefore, we might expect licensed outdoor areas to reopen in the second half of June. It’s anticipated that the re-opening of court and tribunal buildings (with limited business and public access) will happen before this in Phase 1, which begins today.

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As you might expect, we are seeing an increase in debt recovery queries owing to the current circumstances. It’s worth noting that although the process isn’t operating as normal, CCJs can still be enforced, particularly if urgent.

If you, or your client, has obtained a County Court Judgement (CCJ) against a Scottish debtor we are able to assist you in registering that CCJ in Scotland to enable enforcement proceedings to commence.

Methods of enforcement include: earnings arrestment; winding-up/insolvency proceedings; attachment (seizure of certain goods); arrestment (of monies held in bank or with third parties); and inhibition (an order preventing sale of heritable property). Read the full blog here.

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Please note that all information contain within this update is accurate at the time of publication. During these unprecedented times where the situation is constantly changing at pace it is vital that you take expert advice where necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any issues covered in these updates further. Read the update here.

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Temporary Layoffs during the COVID-19 Crisis

Companies have asked “Can an employer do temporary layoffs?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 14 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.

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The Open COVID Pledge

Intellectual property rights are – by definition – monopolistic. How, then, can researchers, charities and NGOs collaborate with business in the development of new technologies to control and eradicate COVID-19?

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Useful guidance for insured clients dealing with COVID-19 claims

There has been a great deal in the press recently about insurers rejecting coronavirus claims and disappointed policy-holders. Some of those speaking publicly on behalf of the insurance industry have not done much to dispel the confusion and get to the nub of the issue. The issue is not one of what the insurer “intended” to cover. It is a matter of what the policy says. We have had numerous enquiries from clients with questions about insurance policies and potential claims.

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ILN Labor Group Paper – Paid Leave

Twenty ILN member firms collaborated to answer the question, “Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19?” The following document addresses in summary form this issue in a number of jurisdictions.

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COVID-19 – temporary measures for AIM companies and Nominated Advisers

On 20 March 2020, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) published an Inside AIM newsletter setting out temporary measures that would be implemented by the AIM Regulation team to support AIM companies and nominated advisers in addressing the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until further notice, AIM Regulation will be applying discretion to the application of some of the AIM Rules for Companies (AIM Rules) and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers (Nomad Rules), as discussed below.

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Could the Covid-19 Insolvency Law Reforms save distressed businesses?

The Government is expediting reforms to UK Insolvency Law to help companies avoid
insolvency as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The changes are intended to: Read more…

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Force Majeure During the COVID-19 Crisis

Companies have asked “Does the current corona crisis constitute a (global) force majeure – act of god situation from a legal point of view?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 23 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.

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