How can our lawyers help you?
Our Commercial specialists give clients business-savvy advice on their international and domestic supply contracts. We are advising across multiple sectors on interpretation of terms so that companies at each end of the supply chain fully understand their risk profile. But we are also enabling clients to future-proof their agreements by drafting updated terms and supporting on negotiating existing arrangements. Clients should be aware of the impact the virus may have on supply chains, as factory production slows in line with the reduction of workforces and the availability of shipping shrinks. This poses substantial challenges to clients particularly in retail and distribution.
There are a number of considerations for employers and our Employment Team is taking an holistic approach to its advice. We have forgotten about expertise in isolation - we want to give you the full picture. We are providing employers with comprehensive support around managing the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for employees. This includes assisting employers with the implications if employees cannot come into the office in a range of scenarios, including where employees are self-isolating or where offices are forced to close on a temporary basis, and advice on how to support employees who may have increased caring responsibilities (because a member of their household is unwell, or because schools and childcare facilities are closed). We can assist with operational contingency planning, crafting communications to employees and creating policy documents to guide managers and employees through the crisis. We are also assisting those employers who are having to consider more permanent restructures. We are also advising on any travel restrictions and visa implications for sponsored employees who are unable to travel or work.
In corporate law, clients face the prospect of heavily disrupted transactions due to travel limitations, as well as commercial concerns. Our Corporate team has a proven track record of partnering with clients on a cross-border basis to achieve their goals, and would be happy to assist with any concerns you may have.
Fieldfisher's Dispute Resolution group is also on hand to advise clients on any concerns, particularly in relation to force majeure contractual disputes as a result of the outbreak but also strategic advice on the potential disruption of court proceedings.
We also have a pro-active Real Estate COVID-19 advisory team, who have been supporting clients with any queries they have in relation to the virus. The current situation has understandably unsettled a large number of landlords and tenants, but our team is on hand to advise on a variety of legal implications such as rent and lease agreements.
Our Financial Services experts have been closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 developments. The team is already advising on the Bank of England's COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), helping corporate clients take full advantage of financial support to aid them through the current crisis. Our lawyers are also on hand to support small businesses access and understand the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) recently announced by the government. The team would be happy to discuss how best to help you through these turbulent times.
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