COVID-19 Coronavirus: Legal support hub for businesses

Last updated: 20 May 2020

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COVID-19 Coronavirus: Legal support hub for businesses

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  1. Experienced legal support
  2. Quick response team
  3. Answering your questions
  4. Business interruption insurance claims: Policy review
  5. Managing the redundancy process: Guide and templates
  6. Furlough rules: How to make a claim correctly
  7. What is the UK Government’s new Future Fund?
  8. Employers’ Guide: Returning to work after Furlough leave
  9. Coronavirus and commercial contracts: your FAQs
  10. Coronavirus advice for employers: your questions answered
  11. Template letters to furlough employees or issue pay cuts
  12. Help for your business’s cashflow
  13. COVID-19 and commercial leases
  14. Government support for the self-employed
  15. Cybersecurity tips for remote workers
  16. COVID-19 and force majeure: what’s covered?
  17. Tips for shifting operations to a home-working model
  18. Do you have a question?
  19. Further sources of support
  20. How your business can help

Experienced legal support

Businesses are facing new challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak our partner-level solicitors have been guiding clients and developing expertise in this new situation.

To help you during this uncertain time we have created a dedicated quick response team to prioritise COVID-19 issues and developed this hub to share resources as the situation unfolds.

Circumstances are changing rapidly and, as long-term impact is hard to predict, we’ll all need to keep an eye on the future while navigating the present. This is where we come in.

Harper James Solicitors is a law firm with a difference. Our business model has been designed with remote working at its centre, enabling us to provide cost effective business legal services without compromising on quality. Our team of highly experienced senior lawyers are available to support you through the challenges you are experiencing.

For example, some of the key topics impacting your business could be:

  • Contractual commitments – especially reviewing clauses such as force majeure and frustration
  • Commercial – pragmatic advice for all your commercial agreements, contracts and terms
  • Employment – minimising risk for employees while maintaining productivity
  • GDPR and data protection – new ways of working may require changes to privacy policies and processes, so you remain compliant with regulations
  • Finance – advising on your options to maintain working capital such as asset finance or trade loans
  • Dispute resolution – providing appropriate and cost-effective methods for dealing with your conflicts

Quick response team

To help you manage the impact of coronavirus across your business we have established dedicated teams in all key practice areas.

Reach out to us by calling 0800 689 1700 and our client services team will co-ordinate your support. 

Answering your questions

We’ll update these guides regularly with advice and answers to your questions.

Business interruption insurance claims: Policy review

Managing the redundancy process: Guide and templates

Furlough rules: How to make a claim correctly

As the rules of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme become more complex, we’ve produced a comprehensive guide on making a claim, including eligibility criteria, accurately calculating working hours, and common pitfalls to avoid.

What is the UK Government’s new Future Fund?

Employers' Guide: Returning to work after Furlough leave

Coronavirus and commercial contracts: your FAQs

coronavirus business fallout

Coronavirus advice for employers: your questions answered

Man wearing face mask

Template letters to furlough employees or issue pay cuts

The complexity of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has left many employers confused on where they stand and what to do next. To clear things up, we’ve listed the essential points and provided template letters for use to agree furlough status or temporary pay-cuts to staff.

Help for your business’s cashflow

Cashflow and working capital

COVID-19 and commercial leases

Government support for the self-employed

Cybersecurity tips for remote workers

COVID-19 and force majeure: what’s covered?

Force Majeure in contracts

Tips for shifting operations to a home-working model

Do you have a question?

Our team are on hand to help with your business legal needs.
Send in your questions and our team will publish answers quickly to the FAQ sections in the hub.

Further sources of support

Business Support Helpline (England)
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
enquiries@businesssupporthelpline.org 
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

Public Health England: COVID-19 guidance for employees, employers and businesses

World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidance on getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

Welsh Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): employers and businesses guidance

Health Protection Scotland: COVID-19 – guidance for non-healthcare settings

Local growth hubs:
https://www.lepnetwork.net/growth-hubs/

How your business can help

We’re all in this together so if your business is in a position to help in the response to COVID-19 please reach out using the links below:

Or, to offer support with things like:

  • medical testing equipment
  • medical equipment design
  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms
  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
  • manufacturing equipment
  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
  • expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications
  • social care or childcare

Please complete the Government form here: gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption

Innovate UK are offering grants up to £50,000 to support businesses developing new solutions to address the needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Apply online – entries close 17th April 2020.

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We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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