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How is COVID-19 affecting the Brexit negotiations?

With COVID-19 dominating the news, Brexit may seem like a distant memory – but it hasn't gone away. In this briefing, with the help of trade policy expert Dmitry Grozoubinski, we look at what's been happening in the Brexit negotiations, what can (and can't) be done by video conference and the prospects for an extension.

Steering your company through uncertain times (AIM companies)

AIM companies: Fundraising options, duties and disclosure

COVID-19 has been a shock to the system of even the best capitalised companies, with cashflow squeezes causing most companies to consider their funding positions. This briefing focuses on the various equity fundraising options for UK companies needing to tap the market and explores the changing nature of directors' duties in this context, as well as the company's disclosure obligations.

Steering your company through uncertain times (Official List companies)

Listed companies: Fundraising options, duties and disclosure

COVID-19 has been a shock to the system of even the best capitalised companies, with cashflow squeezes causing most companies to consider their funding positions. This briefing focuses on the various equity fundraising options for UK companies needing to tap the market and explores the changing nature of directors' duties in this context, as well as the company's disclosure obligations.

COVID-19: Liquidity, liquidity, liquidity

Over the last 4 weeks, in the face of COVID-19 the worldwide economy has experienced the sorts of pressures not seen since the Great Depression. Businesses around the world have been forced to close their doors; we have seen government interventions which, only 3 months ago, would have been unthinkable; and terms such as "social distancing" and "furloughing" have become common parlance.

Stamp duty: Temporary COVID-19 procedures

This briefing was updated on 13 May 2020.

HMRC have introduced temporary procedures for the payment of stamp duty on, and the stamping of, stock transfer forms and other instruments of transfer. Under the usual procedure, stock transfer forms are physically stamped using a specialised machine located at one of HMRC's offices.

COVID-19: Regulatory and Government Guidance for UK Aviation and Ports

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has taken a significant toll on both the aviation and maritime sectors. Regulators in both areas have taken measures both voluntarily and involuntarily to try and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 and have implemented guidance on the implications on both sectors resulting from the dramatic downturn in customer use and restrictions on non-critical trade routes.

Delay to the Off-Payroll reforms – What does it mean for your business?

On 17 March, the Government announced that the changes to the Off-Payroll rules (the 'New Rules'), due to come in on 6 April 2020, would be delayed by one year as part of a package of measures to ease pressure on businesses in light of the coronavirus outbreak. In these challenging times, the news was welcomed by clients and contractors concerned about the financial impact the changes would have on them.

COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidance for Employers, Employees and Businesses

The UK Government has just updated its guidance for Employers, Employees and Businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). This is aimed at assisting employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on how to help prevent spread of COVID-19, what to do if someone has symptoms of COVID-19 in a business setting and eligibility for sick pay. Employees are also given guidance on relevant information such as statutory sick pay and absence from work.

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