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New National Security and Investment Bill means tougher screening measures for investment into UK Companies

November 13, 2020

On 11 November the UK Government introduced to Parliament a new National Security and Investment Bill (Bill) which provides for a new screening ...

COVID-19 Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - updated guidance

November 12, 2020

The HMRC have released further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). As we covered in our previous article. Rishi Sunak announced ...

COVID-19 Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Extension

November 6, 2020

The Chancellor has announced that employees across the UK will benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) being extended once again ...

COVID-19 Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: the Return

November 2, 2020

Just as the recent announced amended Job Support Scheme was about to commence, the position has changed again… and in a big way.  The ...

Update: Financial Reporting Council's Guidance on Best Practice for AGMs

October 29, 2020

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the body responsible for the UK Corporate Governance Code, published a report on 6 October 2020 (available ...

News alert: Major changes to ‘Job Support Scheme’

October 22, 2020

Further to our previous article about the Chancellors announcement of the new ‘Job Support Scheme’ (JSS) on 24 September, the HM Treasury have ...

After the storm – what happens now that the moratorium on residential evictions has been lifted?

September 29, 2020

Landlords and tenants of residential properties in England and Wales will know that for some 6 months now possession proceedings have effectively ...

Innovation and modernisation in the court system and in arbitration as a result of Covid-19

September 28, 2020

Introduction In 2016 HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) launched its multi-year and multi-faceted court reform project in collaboration with ...

Brexit – less than 100 days to the end of free movement of EU workers in the UK

September 28, 2020

From 1 January 2021, freedom of movement between the UK and EU will end and the UK will introduce a new immigration system. The key points for ...

With another Quarter Rent day approaching - what do we do…catch 22…?

September 25, 2020

Little did we know from the standpoint of the government’s initial announcement of the moratorium on forfeiture for commercial rent arrears, that ...

COVID-19: Extension of the Relevant Periods of the temporary provisions under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

September 25, 2020

On 24 September 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020 were ...

COVID-19 Update: 'Job Support Scheme'

September 24, 2020

Earlier today, the Chancellor announced a new job scheme as part of the Winter Economy Plan. The existing Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ...

Companies House to resume compulsory strike off action from 10 October 2020

September 24, 2020

From 10 October 2020, Companies House will resume compulsory strike off actions against companies that Companies House has reasonable cause to ...

Employment Alert - New COVID-19 restrictions

September 23, 2020

COVID-19 – Breaking News: ‘Home-working encouraged’ The Government yesterday announced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for ...

Government ‘Build Build Build’ Reforms under review following challenge by Campaign Group

September 4, 2020

The governments initiative of “build build build” has been met with a mixture of enthusiasm and criticism. In a relatively short period of time 3 ...

The New Use Classes Regime - is it really 'all change' for commercial leases?

September 3, 2020

The government’s changes to the Use Classes Order 1987 came into force in a blaze of publicity on 1st of September 2020. Alongside the more ...

British Gymnastics victorious as High Court orders ‘UK Gymnastics’ to volte-face in trade mark infringement case

August 30, 2020

Sport England and UK sport-funded National governing bodies (NGBs) in sport will be comforted by the fact that the British Amateur Gymnastics ...

Court convened scheme meetings in the time of COVID-19

August 14, 2020

Kerman & Co’s Capital Markets and Dispute Resolution teams recently acted for Columbus Energy Resources PLC (“Columbus”) in connection ...

Intellectual property considerations in light of Brexit

August 13, 2020

If The Queen described 1992 as an annus horribilis, one wonders what Her Majesty has made of this year thus far. 2020 can certainly be described as a ...

The Importance of Non-Executive Directors during the Coronavirus Pandemic

August 7, 2020

In 2019 the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) and Downing LLP commissioned Henley Business School to consider the role NEDs play within listed growth ...

The EU-US Privacy Shield Invalidated

August 3, 2020

On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its eagerly anticipated preliminary ruling in the Data Protection ...

Marex Financial Ltd v Sevilleja - The Supreme Court’s decision on the “Reflective Loss” principle

July 29, 2020

“some ghastly legal Japanese knotweed” These are the words of a distinguished professor of law, Professor Andrew Tettenborn, on the reflective ...

Reforms to the Use Classes Order 1987

July 24, 2020

Flexibility is key, not only since COVID-19 has challenged the ability of all of us to adapt to a new normal.  In line with this, the government has ...

UK points-based immigration system - further details announced

July 13, 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel has today released a 130 page document, setting out further details of the new points-based immigration system to take ...

Code of Practice for Commercial Property Relationships During the Pandemic

July 13, 2020

In June, the government published a code of practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic (a link to the Code is ...

'Job Retention Bonus' and 'Kickstart Scheme'

July 8, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced his plan today to rescue the economy in the aftermath of coronavirus.  In his plan, two key employment ...

Live Webinar 23 July 2020 - Global IP Considerations For a Shifting Environment

July 8, 2020

When:  23 July 2020 at 16.00 – 17.30 BST  (10.00 – 11.30 CST) People: Zane Shihab, Partner, Kerman & Co and Michael Gnibus and ...

UK Government fulfils their promise to assist Hong Kong citizens settle in the UK

July 1, 2020

Further to our recent article titled “Government pledges UK residence rights for Hong Kong citizens”, today in Parliament the PM Boris Johnson ...

HM Treasury Direction on the Flexible Furlough Scheme

June 26, 2020

Since the “flexible furlough” scheme was first announced in May 2020 (see our latest article here), the Government has been issuing updates to ...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 now in force

June 26, 2020

In two recent articles we reviewed the new Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill (Bill) which had been laid before Parliament to amend insolvency ...

Update: COVID-19 and Intellectual Property

June 25, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has already vastly affected businesses across the globe. It is likely that it will continue to do so for the near future (at ...

Returning to office space - food for thought!

June 15, 2020

The silver lining to this cloud of the prolonged episode of lockdown has been proof that most people who routinely work in an office environment can, ...

Insolvency proceedings and the Coronavirus

June 12, 2020

If a statutory demand served by a creditor seeking payment of a debt is not satisfied or set aside by the debtor company, it establishes insolvency ...

Government pledges UK residence rights for Hong Kong citizens

June 12, 2020

Over the last few years we have seen an increase in queries from Hong Kong citizens considering relocating to the UK.  The recent proposal by China ...

New Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill 2019-2021

June 2, 2020

In a recent article we reported that Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, announced plans on 28 March last to temporarily suspend wrongful trading ...

News Flash - Employers to start contributing to Furlough Scheme

May 29, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced this afternoon that the Government will require employers to start contributing towards their employees’ ...

Update on AGMs and Corporate Filings under the Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill 2019-21

May 29, 2020

Following its initial announcement on 28th March 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) introduced the draft ...

Furlough Scheme extended by 4 months

May 12, 2020

Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) will be extended for four months, until the end of ...

Reserves Based Lending: Uncertain times for E&P companies

May 6, 2020

With the price of oil turning negative for the first time in history in recent weeks, many cash-strapped independent oil and gas companies will be ...

Update: COVID-19 and Intellectual Property

May 1, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has already vastly affected businesses across the globe and will continue to do so for some time yet.  It is likely that it ...

UK Government urges employers to prepare for new immigration system

April 23, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government has released further guidance for employers regarding the new immigration system to be launched ...

A 2020 AGM season like no other

April 23, 2020

With the 2020 AGM season upon us, many listed UK companies with 31 December year ends have been busy assessing how they will convene their annual ...

Government announces £1.25bn funding for venture capital backed companies and start-ups

April 21, 2020

The government has announced the establishment of a £1.25bn fund to support high-growth start-ups. The funding comes in two parts: A £500m fund, ...

Update - trespasser proceedings

April 21, 2020

Our article on 1 April gave commentary in relation to the key points for landlords and tenants introduced by the Coronavirus Act 2020.  It also drew ...

Important update on the 'job retention scheme' period

April 17, 2020

Further to our update earlier this week, in the last few minutes HM Treasury has announced that the coronavirus job retention scheme (the furlough ...

The merger market - impact of COVID-19 on the M&A sector

April 17, 2020

M&A transaction volumes have decreased rapidly in recent weeks. Deals that were close to completion have been pushed over the line or paused ...

Latest updates to Coronavirus job retention scheme

April 15, 2020

Since our latest article on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme), the Government has updated the Guidance to the Scheme to include some ...

Immigration Update – additional Government announcements and clarifications for employers

April 9, 2020

In this third update, we review the latest COVID-19 related Government guidelines and explain how these changes can assist employers with managing ...

Delighted to have supported DeliverAid (not-for-profit venture) launched to help feed the heroes on the NHS frontline during COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Kerman & Co is delighted to have supported DeliverAid, a great not-for-profit venture launched to help feed the heroes on the NHS frontline at ...

Updated Guidance: 'Furloughed Workers' Coronavirus job retention scheme

April 7, 2020

Since the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) was introduced on 20th March 2020, employers have been grappling with some difficult questions ...

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