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Since March 2020, various amendments have been made to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These amendments are relevant to the:-

  • Definition of incapacity;
  • Payment of SSP;
  • Requirement for evidence; and
  • Recovery of SSP payments.

Legal reform on the horizon in the world of Artificial Intelligence

Ross Gardner, head of our Corporate team, is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin.

The phrase “it’s my baby” is often used in relation to work projects but could those words become the reality?  For most start-up companies and SMEs operating in the energy sector, innovation and investment in digital technology are becoming increasingly important factors as they plan for growth in a post-pandemic environment, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) continually evolving as a key asset. 

Ross looks at the possibility of changes to the existing legal framework which could potentially lead to a point where autonomous AI systems have a status similar to children.   

Leases and town centre regeneration

Emma Stephen, partner in our Commercial Property team, is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin.

The pandemic has ripped through town centres leaving boarded up shop fronts, dilapidated buildings and deserted high streets in its wake.  However, there are many angles to look at this problem from including planning, taxation, investment, unit size, new shopping centres etc.  This article looks at the impact leasing has and how landlords can play their part in regeneration.

Cryptoassets: Further Reforms and Regulatory Scrutiny

Jamie Hunter, Senior Associate in our Corporate team, is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin - Cryptoassets continue to attract significant attention from consumers and, as a consequence, governments and regulators worldwide.

Move beyond the Collection Tin … make Charitable Giving work for you too

Karen Oliver, Senior Associate in our Private Client team, is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin.  She looks at Charitable Giving and the potential benefits - both for recipient and the donor. 

As of today, 1 June 2021, amendments to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 by the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020 allow mixed sex couples in Scotland to enter a civil partnership.

By virtue of the 2004 Act, two people of the opposite sex have not previously been eligible to register in Scotland as civil partners of one another.

This has, however, changed. Prospective mixed sex civil partners are able to submit a notice of intention to enter a mixed sex civil partnership to their local registrar from 1 June.

Claims across borders post-Brexit: time to re-think how you’re going to enforce your contracts

Robert McDiarmid, head of Dispute Resolution is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin and thinks it's time to seriously look at 'arbitration'.  

Changes to law on “pre-packs” wide of the mark?

The term “pre-pack” is used when a company is put into administration and its business and/or assets immediately sold by the administrator under a sale that was arranged before the administrator was appointed.  The main criticisms of pre-packs centre around a lack of transparency and fairness ...

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