Regular Covid-19 Updates

This page provides regular Covid-19 updates, covering all of the latest information to guide you through this unprecedented time. We will revise and add to our regular Covid-19 updates, as and when new information is announced.


Published 27.05.2020

Furlough Leave and Holiday

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”) was launched on 20 March 2020. The Scheme allows employers to reach agreement with employees to cease work and become ‘furloughed’ (an entirely new employment law concept). The Scheme is designed so that the Government will make payments to the employer of up to 80% of the furloughed employees salary costs (up to a maximum of £2,500).

Given that the Scheme provides (well until the end of July at least) that employees who are furloughed cannot, work much discussion has been had with regard to holiday.

The Government issued guidance on this very area on 13 May 2020, which can be found here. This article is based on that guidance.

View the full Dixcart article here.


Updated 27/05/2020: 15:30

UK Immigration and Coronavirus

Not long ago, we were faced with political uncertainty with the UK’s departure from the EU. Currently, we are facing a different kind of uncertainty with the coronavirus which knows of no borders and has affected so many people across the globe.

Please see article here.


Updated: 14.05.2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – The Basics

On 20 March 2020 the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”). The Scheme allows employers to reach agreement with employees to cease work and become ‘furloughed’ (an entirely new employment law concept). The Scheme is designed so that the Government will make payments to the employer of up to 80% of the furloughed employees salary costs (up to a maximum of £2,500).

The Government has published updated guidance regularly since the Scheme’s launch. The latest guidance for employers can be found here , and the latest guidance for employees here (“Guidance”).

View the full Dixcart article here.


Updated 14/05/2020

Financial Assistance for Businesses During Covid-19 Crisis

Dixcart has prepared a summary of the assistance that the government has made available to businesses at this challenging time. It is split into several categories to make it as easy as possible to follow.

Please see article here.


Updated: 26.03.2020 at 16:15

Action to be Taken by Business to Survive Covid-19 Crisis

A few businesses will be thriving during the Coronavirus pandemic, as turnover is driven to them, but most will be experiencing a reduction in business and wondering how they will survive. This advice note is for them.

Please see article here.


Dixcart Discuss: A series of short, commercially relevant videos providing regular Covid-19 updates

In addition to our articles, and this page which provides regular Covid-19 updates, our new Dixcart Discuss series offers short, commercially relevant videos to summarise some of the key issues relating to Covid-19.

These videos can be found here.


Published: 05.05.2020

COVID-19 and electronic signatures

Current social distancing rules may mean that physical “wet ink” signatures are difficult to obtain, whether face-to face or by scanning copies of signed originals. As such, this note provides a general overview of when electronic or digital signatures might be acceptable under English law.

Please read the article here


Published 28.04.2020

Tax and Company Liquidation

Many family companies have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic with demand for their services reducing substantially. These companies may have a healthy bank balance representing accumulated profits although there may be a fear that, if the recovery is long and drawn out, these reserves will be depleted.  

More information regarding the tax considerations can be found here.


Published 28.04.2020

Use of an Employee Ownership Trust for Business Exit and Succession Planning

The current Coronavirus Pandemic may have caused many business owners to consider the often-difficult topic of exit and succession planning. This frequently gives rise to a number of practical issues, especially where a trade sale is not likely, or the existing management team are perhaps not in a position to be able to raise sufficient funds to affect a traditional “Management Buy Out”.

One solution that is often overlooked is an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Find out more here.


Published 17.04.2020

What to include in an application for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – A Guide for Small Companies

As the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds, the message we are hearing over and over is that cash flow is under pressure. The Government has inroduced the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to support businesses at this challenging time.

This guide explains the requirements of the scheme, and explains the information you need to provide in order to increase the likelihood of a ‘yes’ decision from the bank.


Published 16.04.2020

Exceptional days spent in the UK by non-UK residents as a result of Covid-19

One perhaps unforeseen consequence of the current Covid-19 is that non-UK residents may be unable to leave the UK and therefore exceed their days spent in the UK.

We have been asked by a number of clients and their advisors to clarify the position for individuals who may be affected.

More information can be found here.


Published 16.04.2020

Staying Healthy and Positive During Covid-19

We are facing unprecedented and challenging times and it is very important that we stay healthy and positive in mind as well as body and help our work colleagues to do the same.

View the full article here.


First Published 31.03.2020 at 15:08.

Covid-19 and insolvency: new reforms announced

Dixcart Legal continue to provide regular covid-19 updates and have prepared a summary of new measures on wrongful trading and company insolvency announced by the UK government.

Please see article here


Posted 30/03/2020: 11:20

Financial Assistance for the Self-Employed During the Coronavirus Crisis

On the 26 March 2020 the government published guidance entitled ‘Claim a grant through the coronavirus (Covid-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme’. This paper has been written to assist the self-employed obtain that grant, but also explains other sources of financial assistance that are available and how the self-employed should look to maximise income and reduce costs of their business during this crisis.

Please see article here.


Posted 27/03/2020: 15:08

How to Claim and What to Claim for Wage Costs Through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government published guidance on 26 March 2020, on which this note is based. The government has promised to publish further guidance on how employers should calculate their claims for Employer National Insurance Contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions, before the scheme becomes live, when we will update this article.


Posted 23/03/2020: 13:30

Tax and the Coronavirus Pandemic

The government has announced a number of tax and financial measures to support businesses and individuals during Covid-19. Sarah Gardner and Paul Webb have provided a summary of these key tax measures which you may find useful: Tax and the Coronavirus Pandemic


Posted 18/03/2020: 14:15

Government to Introduce Financial Support for Businesses as a Result of Covid-19

In response to Covid-19, the chancellor has set out a ‘temporary’ package of measures to support businesses during this time. We have written a comprehensive article which details what the package includes and which businesses are eligible: Government to Introduce Financial Support for Businesses as a Result of Covid-19


Posted 12/03/2020: 17:33

Coronavirus – Dixcart Legal ‘Flags’ for Businesses

Dixcart Legal have prepared a brief guide on what the Coronavirus could mean for your employees, and advice on how to help your businesses to prepare during this time. More information can be found here: Coronavirus – Dixcart Legal ‘Flags’ for Businesses

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