3PB launches dedicated Covid-19 resources hub

26th August 2020

3PB Barristers have created a dedicated webpage on its website to act as a hub for the many articles, briefings and webinar and podcast recordings about lockdown laws and regulations as well as practical issues like court attendance, e-bundles, remote and hybrid hearings. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to create employment, contractual and other legal challenges which are in many ways unprecedented. The impact of the virus is being felt, and in response, 3PB have co-ordinated across its full-service barristers’ chambers and six UK offices to ensure that we centralise our know-how and are sharing insights with our clients.

3PB’s 200-strong team of barristers have been fielding queries from solicitors and business clients direct on issues ranging from employment policies and redundancy programmes, force majeure in supply chain contracts, business interruption insurance and other cover, delay/termination issues in contracts, funding and regulatory challenges. Most frequently about the UK Government Furlough scheme to help retain employees during the pandemic, which has attracted significant attention to its application and payment process, with legal challenges including internal appeals of furlough decisions, HMRC furlough appeals and alleged fraud and discrimination in furlough decisions. There have been numerous enquiries to our specialist counsel about commercial property leases and forfeiture; lockdown of schools, including the impact on private schools; local authorities and Coronavirus laws and regulations; probate during Covid -19; wrongful trading;  rights to protest during a pandemic and disputes over frustration of contract as well as holidaymaker disputes and cruise ship claims during this period.

As a solicitor or in-house senior management professional and requiring counsel’s opinion and advice on any of these legal issues, please either contact your usual 3PB clerk contact, or email coronavirus@3pb.co.uk, and your query will be directed by a 3PB clerk to the relevant barrister.