Corporate and Commercial

COVID-19 and Commercial Contracts – What you need to know

Richard Suters 26/03/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently having an unprecedented impact on business operations and the ability to satisfy contractual obligations. In this article, Richard Suters, Commercial Principal, considers how force majeure provisions and the doctrine of frustration may be engaged in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Property and Planning

Dealing with property while social distancing

Elizabeth McDonald 25/03/2020

As we come to grips with a health and social reality unlike anything we have ever known, there are important things we can do.  As property lawyers, our team’s responsibility is to ensure you can continue your property dealings as seamlessly as possible.  This article explains how we will ensure your property dealings can continue in a time of social distancing.

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Corporate and Commercial

Be careful, directors! Observations on the duty of care and diligence in 2020

Andrew Windybank 25/03/2020

We are entering a particularly “high risk period” for private company directors due to the uncertainty related to impacts of COVID-19. In this article, Andrew Windybank, Corporate Principal, provides some timely observations on the duty of care and diligence and the importance of company directors satisfying this duty to avoid potentially onerous civil penalties.

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Corporate and Commercial

COVID-19 Temporary Government Relief from Insolvent Trading

Andrew Windybank 23/03/2020

COVID-19 has already had a material impact on small to medium business owners. Amid growing concerns that insolvency rates will spike as many businesses struggle to weather the storm, we thought it sensible to alert our clients to a few key elements arising out of the Government’s announcement on Sunday and referred to as the ‘second economic stimulus package’. The measures are designed to alleviate concerns by providing temporary relief for financially stressed businesses, including by way of reprieve from personal liability for directors facing questions concerning solvency.

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Employment Law / Industrial Relations

COVID-19 Considerations for Employers

Susan Moran 17/03/2020

The spread of the coronavirus is an unprecedented event and one that requires employers to carefully consider their legal obligations in relation to the various issues it raises in the workplace.

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