COVID-19 Coronavirus legal advice & support for hospitality and leisure businesses
The UK government’s announcement that all pubs, restaurants, café’s and clubs must now close is clearly going to have a significant impact on the hospitality and leisure sectors. In some cases, existing licences can be adapted for use in the provision of home delivery or off-licence supplies. Our regulatory team also advise in relation to contractual issues including in relation to insurance policies.
Whether you are the buyer or supplier of services, the ability to satisfy contractual obligations while also being able to adhere to corporate and constitutional governance processes is now an increasing concern for businesses in the H&L sectors. We are here to help you navigate these issues and provide guidance on matters which arise, including board meetings to be held remotely, quorum for board meetings, the appointment of additional or alternate signatories, the use of electronic signatures, whether a “force majeure” event has occurred or the contract has been frustrated, any other rights of termination that may apply and the consequences or remedies available should the contractual obligations not be satisfied.
Our employment team is also working very closely with businesses within the hospitality and leisure sector to support them through this difficult time. The team is able to advise in relation to a number of options to try to ensure business continuity as much as possible in these unprecedented times, which includes assisting you with the following:
- provision and implementation of homeworking policies;
- advice in relation to furloughing, lay off and short-time working;
- queries in relation to the payment of sick pay, self-isolation and social distancing;
- health and safety measures for staff;
- advice regarding care for dependents and restricted travel;
- redundancy, restructuring and collective consultation exercises;
- progressing with employee relations work remotely;
- advice in relation to Working Time Regulations issues; and
- changes to terms and conditions or restricting pay arrangements.
We will provide you with commercial and pragmatic advice to help you navigate the challenges ahead and mitigate the potential risks.
Find out more on our hospitality and leisure page or contact Gerallt Jones on:
t: 029 2267 5531