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SCOTLAND - Guidance issued by The Society of Messengers at Arms & Sheriff Officers (November 2020)
A guidance document has been issued outlining restrictions to the services of Sheriff Officers within the five tiers of protection levels aligned to the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 guidelines. This new system has been sanctioned by the Directorate for Justice within the Scottish Government’s Civil Law and Legal System Division and it is expected that all sheriff officers should conform.
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HMRC - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (EXTENDED) (2 November 2020)
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which was due to end on 31‌ October, will now be extended, with the UK government paying 80% of wages for the hours furloughed employees do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 for periods from 1 November.
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Message from the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals: new COVID-19 restrictions for England (1 November 2020)
The Lord Chief Justice and the Senior Presidents of Tribunals have confirmed that the work of the courts and tribunals will be exempt from these measures.
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Insolvency Service - Guidance: Furlough and redundancy (27 October 2020)
The guidance has been updated and is for individuals who were furloughed using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), then made redundant because their employer is now insolvent. The CJRS ends on 31 October. The Insolvency Service will be providing further information with regard to the Job Support Scheme, which commences on on 1 November 2020, in due course.
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HMRC - Job Support Scheme (October 2020)
HMRC ha ve published further information on the Job Support Scheme – including how you can check if you’re eligible and when you can make your first claim.
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HMRC - Employer Bulletin, issue 86 (October 2020)
The issue provides the latest information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an update on the Job Retention Bonus and information regarding recent government announcements including the Job Support Scheme, extension to the reduction of VAT for Hospitality and Tourism, and the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme.
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The Insolvency Service - Reinstatement of Insolvency Service account cheque payment production (September 2020)
The Insolvency Service are now reopening their offices and with immediate effect will be accepting requests for cheque payments.
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Protocol for Insolvency and Company work at Central London (1 September 2020)
The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published a new protocol, which applies from 7 September 2020 and replaces the previous protocol dated 24 March 2020.
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The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 5) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020
Possession proceedings and enforcement proceedings by way of writ and warrant for possession are stayed until 23rd August 2020. This amendment extends the stay imposed by this temporary rule until 20th September 2020.
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Companies House - Resuming compulsory strike-off (non-compliant route)
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HM Land Registry - Electronic signatures
HM Land Registry has confirmed that it will now start accepting electronic signatures – paving the way for the entire conveyancing process to be conducted electronically.
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HMRC - The introduction of the Job Retention Bonus.
The Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees.
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Loan Market Association - Note on Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) and Intercreditor Considerations
"This Note provides an overview of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CLBILS") launched on 20 April 2020 and outlines for consideration some potential intercreditor issues where a loan provided under the CLBILS forms part of the financing structure. Certain changes were made to the scheme with effect from 26 May 2020, including increasing the maximum amount available to prospective borrowers from £50 million to £200 million."
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SCOTLAND - Route Map - Resumption of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff officer Services
Phase two of a Sheriff Officer Route Map has been published. The route map shows the resumption of additional services that includes serving charges for payment and for removing at domestic premises.
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HMRC - Insolvency Bulletin. Voluntary Arrangements
This note explains HMRC’s approach to variations and new proposals in respect of Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs), Partnership Voluntary Arrangements (PVAs) and Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) from 1 July 2020 until 30 November 2020.
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HMRC - Deferral of VAT payments
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HMRC - Employer Bulletin, issue 84
The Employer Bulletin (June 2020, Issue 84) includes all of the latest Covid-19 updates to help you continue to meet your payroll obligations to HMRC and to claim any relevant grants and rebates during this challenging time. In addition, the bulletin includes the latest update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, along with updates on the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and a reminder for reporting Expenses and Benefits for the tax year ending 5 April 2020.
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The Insolvency Service - Advice on staying secure during COVID-19
Guidance from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure for businesses and insolvency office holders on managing security risks during the pandemic.
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HMRC - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Important dates to note.
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Guidance - Furlough and redundancy
The guidance has been updated for those individuals who were furloughed using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, then made redundant because their employer is now subject to a insolvency process.
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