Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Walkers continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its people, its clients and its business.

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Update on Court Availability in Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey

In these unprecedented times, governments globally are reacting to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, including the availability of public services such as access to the courts for hearings and other judicial services such as filings and searches. The situation is changing all the time, but as of 1 April 2020, we confirm that the current status of the relevant courts in Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey is as described in the below advisory. 

Generally, the Courts in each jurisdiction are continuing to operate, but with the priority given to urgent matters, with precautionary steps being taken including utilising technology where possible to limit the potential spread of the virus.

 

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有关英属维尔京群岛、百慕大和开曼群岛法院之服務開放的最新情况

在这前所未有的时刻,各国政府正采取措施以应对 COVID-19 带来的持续威胁,包括确保公共服务的開放性性,如在法院举行听证会以及其 他司法服务(如申报和进行搜索)。 虽然形势变幻莫测,但自2020 年 4 月 2 日起,我们确认英属维尔京群岛、百慕大和开曼群岛有关法院 的现况如下。 除百慕大境内的法院仅限于处理紧急事项,并采取了预防措施(包括在可能的情况下利用技术手段来限制病毒的潜在传播)外,总体而言每个 管辖区的法院都在继续运作。 在英属维尔京群岛和开曼群岛,可以按正常流程进行申报和法院搜索,而百慕大法院仅限于紧急事项。

 

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Lockdown Burnout: An employer’s guide to exhausted staff

During this period of lockdown and school and nursery closures, many staff will be juggling looking after children while working from home. But, as lockdown draws on, at what cost to the employee’s wellbeing? At this disrupted time, many businesses and their key staff are working harder than ever to give ‘business as usual’ service. This is being done against a backdrop of changing working practices, concerns about job security and supporting colleagues. While for many such employees this will be simply a tiring and trying period, for others there is a real potential risk of damage to their health, physical and mental.

 

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Ireland Update - Covid-19: Temporary Tenancy Protection

Emergency measures to protect residential tenants from eviction and rent increases during the Covid-19 pandemic were introduced under the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid – 19) Act 2020. The emergency measures temporarily amend the existing residential tenancies legislation (governed by the Residential Tenancies Act 2004) and will apply to all residential tenants and students in purpose built student accommodation for a period of three months from 30 March 2020.

In this advisory, we outline the new measures set out to protect residential tenants.

 

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Ireland Update - Covid-19: The Economic Reaction to COVID-19

It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is set to have a significant personal and economic impact on us all. In this briefing note, we summarise the available government supports for businesses and practical considerations for Irish lenders and borrowers.

 

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