Yesterday, on 6 August 2020, the Government published the above White Paper. The purpose of the White Paper is to do the following: “Planning for the future, landmark reforms to speed up and modernise the planning system and get the country building”.
In these unprecedented times, we’d like to take this opportunity to reassure our clients that we have, and will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure that we can provide continuity of service to you during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is more important to us than ever at this challenging time that we continue working alongside you to improve lives, communities and society.
With the exception of a small core team, our workforce has been working remotely for some time, meaning that our lawyers and support staff are working largely as normal. We are confident about our capacity to continue to deliver our services while working remotely in the interests of protecting our staff and clients, for as long as necessary. If you have a meeting scheduled with a member of staff, they will contact you in advance to arrange a suitable alternative to a face to face meeting. Should you have any queries, please contact us via email@example.com.
Alongside legal services, our teams are providing regular e-briefings to support our clients in response to the evolving Coronavirus situation, from employment issues to updated guidance for charities. You can access them here or by following our Twitter feed - @ACSLLP.
While our training and seminar programme is currently on hold, you can access our programme of webinars and podcasts here.
If you have a specific legal query relating to how Covid-19/Coronavirus is affecting your organisation, get in touch with our sector leads:
Jonathan Cox - Housing
Matthew Wort - Health and social care
Olwen Dutton - Local government
Chris Whittington - Education
Dominic Curran - Charities
David Alcock - Social business
Rankeshwar Batta - Private client - personal injury and clinical negligence team
Jas Tamber - Private client - children's services team
Elizabeth Wyatt - Private client - family team
Donna Holmes - Private client - personal planning team
For further information on the steps taken as part of our response to COVID, please click here.
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Six months after the first recorded case of COVID-19 in the UK, it is clear that charities, community organisations and volunteers have played a huge role in the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
This article is further to our previous e-briefing (published on 22 July 2020) where we informed you that there are new temporary measures (a new Practice Direction PD55c) that have been brought into deal with possession claims, following the stay being lifted on possession claims on 22 August 2020.
A podcast from Alex Loxton and Sumi Begum from our housing litigation team, discussing injunction applications and the courts approach in light of COVID-19 and the ban on possession proceedings.
We have asked colleagues in the Employment Law team to highlight what they think is key to managing a redundancy programme well.
The use of video remote witnessing of Wills will become law.
There’s no doubt about it, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed incredible pressure on the NHS.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £3.8 billion SDLT giveaway may bring benefits for registered providers of social housing, according to ACS experts in the sector.