06 Apr 2020

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With our strong presence in Asia, Stephenson Harwood has been involved in addressing the issues surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) right from the very start. Our presence in many of the highly affected regions has enabled our team to be at the forefront of understanding the challenges faced by our clients who have a presence or have business dealings in these regions.

Drawing upon our strong sector experience on banking and finance, government and public sector, and international trade and shipping, we are working closely with our clients as they develop and execute plans to address the many challenging scenarios before them. Our lawyers are assisting clients with issues involving labour and employment, corporate compliance and contracts, the disruptions to supply chain, disputes, regulation, restructuring and insolvency and many other areas of law affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Contracts and disputes
Corporate governance
Data protection
Employment
International trade and commerce
Financings, restructurings and insolvency Pensions Real estate

 

 

 

Contracts and disputes

France

01/04/20 La force majeure : un remède contre le COVID-19 ?

31/03/20 COVID-19 and Force Majeure

Greater China

19/03/20 The Shipping Brief podcast on COVID-19

03/03/20 Shipping news webcast - legal issues arising from Covid-19 webinar

30/01/20 Novel Coronavirus, shipping and international trade

UAE

01/04/20 Key measures taken by the UAE Courts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

23/03/20 COVID-19: Legal and contractual implications

UK

01/04/20 Reliance on force majeure in oil and gas contracts

01/04/20 COVID-19: Force majeure in the rail industry

30/03/20 Signing documents during the COVID-19 pandemic

26/03/20 Contracts and COVID-19: 10 Top tips

23/03/20 Navigating the challenges posed by the Coronavirus

Corporate governance

France

27/03/20 Résumé des mesures d’urgence adoptées par le Parlement le 22 mars 2020

Greater China

25/02/20 Managing the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak – a brief guide for SFC-licensed businesses

18/02/20 从新型冠状病毒爆发而引致的旅游限制看上市发行人的财务披露

10/02/20 Listed issuers’ financial disclosures in light of travel restrictions arising from coronavirus outbreak

19/03/20 The Shipping Brief podcast on COVID-19

UK

02/04/20 Company decision-making during the COVID-19 crisis

27/03/20 COVID-19: Reporting and disclosure consequences for listed companies

26/03/20 COVID-19 has put the spotlight on how directors should be balancing stakeholders’ interests in promoting the success of their company

21/03/20 Coronavirus – Financial support for businesses

01/04/20 Reliance on force majeure in oil and gas contracts

Data protection

UK

02/04/20 Data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know

Employment

Greater China

27/02/20 Employment law podcast: An employer's guide to Coronavirus - what steps should employers be taking?

UAE

01/04/20 COVID-19: Latest employment and pensions measures deployed by UAE Government

20/03/20 COVID-19: Navigating the new world of working remotely, self-isolation and sick pay

UK

31/03/20 Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

30/03/20 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and other Covid-19 developments

24/03/20 Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps as they deal with COVID-19 crisis

23/03/20 COVID-19: What should employers be doing to help protect employees’ mental health when working from home?

13/03/20 Statutory Sick Pay now applies for employees who self-isolate from coronavirus

12/03/20 Covid-19: Helping employers to navigate next steps

27/02/20 Employment law podcast: An employer's guide to Coronavirus - what steps should employers be taking?

25/02/20 Novel Coronovirus webcast: International trade and the employment concerns

Singapore

19/02/20 COVID-19: Employers’ duty to keep the workplace safe

International trade and commerce

Greater China

11/03/20 Global Trade Review: Spread of coronavirus: impact on trade activity, shipping and finance lines
Andrew Rigden Green, a partner at law firm Stephenson Harwood, has heard “complaints from shipping clients that are holding cargoes that are ‘stuck all over the world’”.

06/03/20 Recent disruptions in global supply chain by COVID-19

25/02/20 Novel Coronovirus webcast: International trade and the employment concerns

12/02/20 Global Trade Review: HSBC moves to protect customers as coronavirus threatens to disrupt trade finance
Logistical, supply chain issues such as these are already leading to legal complications in trade, Andrew Rigden Green, a partner at law firm Stephenson Harwood, tells GTR: “One area that I’ve been advising on has been where underlying sale contracts have been suspended or terminated by reason of a force majeure call by one of the parties.”

07/02/20 The Lloyd’s List podcast: Shipping infected by coronavirus
Andrew Rigden Green was invited by the Lloyd’s List to discuss how significant the impact of the coronavirus outbreak to shipping, together with BIMCO’s chief analyst Peter Sand and China editor Cichen Shen.

05/02/20 Seatrade Maritime News: Can a shipowner refuse to call a port due to the coronavirus?
Fellow lawyers Stephenson Harwood noted many charter parties contain warranties, either express or implied, given by charterers that vessels are ordered to ports that are safe. “If a particular port is not safe, then owners may be able to refuse to comply with the charterers’ order,” the law firm said.

30/01/20 Novel Coronavirus, shipping and international trade

UK

14/02/20 Capital Link webinar series: Coronavirus and its effect on shipping and trading
Dora Mace-Kokota, shipping partner in our London office, was invited by Capital Link as a speaker during the webinar. The webinar discussed how coronavirus affected shipping and trading.

Financings, restructuring and insolvency

France

01/04/20 Social and sustainability bonds: a weapon to fight the pandemic?

20/03/20 COVID-19 - La garantie de €300 milliards pour garantir les nouveaux financements aux entreprises

Pensions

UAE

01/04/20 COVID-19: Latest employment and pensions measures deployed by UAE Government

UK

30/03/20 Important TPR update for Trustees including the flexibility to reduce or suspend deficit repair contributions (DRCs) for three months

26/03/20 Managing the COVID-19 risks: Guidance from the Pensions Regulator and actions for pension scheme trustees

Real estate

Greater China

27/03/20 Stephenson Harwood COVID-19 insights: commercial leasing in Hong Kong

UK

24/03/20 Moratorium on forfeiture

20/03/20 Forced and voluntary closure of premises: key points for landlords

10/03/20 COVID-19 – Answers to 4 key landlord questions

Useful resources

WHO COVID-19 resource centre

HKSAR

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

Central government anti-virus service section

National Health Commission anti-virus news center

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