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Pandemic insurance claims set for settlement following ruling

Philip Clarke

As coronavirus continues its freeze on normal life, with strict lockdown measures back in place, many businesses will have breathed a sigh of relief following a Supreme Court ruling (on Friday 15th January) confirming when business interruption insurance policies should pay out during a pandemic.

Lockdown and... Read More


When beliefs extend beyond Veganuary

Irina Polyakova

Record numbers signed up to ditch meat during January for the Veganuary Challenge, but even when burgers are back on the menu, employers need to keep an eye on safeguarding ethical beliefs for vegans who make it a lifestyle.

The interest in veganism has seen the numbers undertaking Veganuary soar in recent... Read More



Chris Taylor

Eaton Smith is delighted to announce that its video games team have been awarded Best Legal Services Supplier in the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2020.

Eaton Smith has been providing legal services to the games industry for many years. The team, led by Chris Taylor for commercial aspects and Alison Palmer for... Read More


Why Big Brother needs to watch out when it comes to employee monitoring

Irina Polyakova

The ‘Big Brother’ surveillance scenario envisaged by George Orwell has long since become reality. The ability to watch citizens outlined in the futuristic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, is now firmly fact not fiction.

Rolling back to 2013, the British Security Industry Association... Read More


Stress-testing before celebrating a virtual office Christmas 

Lewis Holroyd

Christmas traditionally brings a round of festive celebrations for customers and employees, but with current Covid-19 restrictions, companies are having to re-think drinks and dinners for customers and learn how to stage a virtual staff party.

Plans that venture into new territory will demand a doubling down... Read More


When bullying goes on behind the screen

Irina Polyakova

In the run-up to this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from 16th- 20th November 2020, employers are being encouraged to look at how new styles of working may be affecting employees.

Employers are being encouraged to focus on how they manage and respond to bullying and harassment issues, including... Read More


Can I get out of a commercial lease early?

James  Burgess

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on almost every business in the UK. For many businesses, it means that they may no longer require their business premises, or in some cases are simply no longer able to justify or afford the rental commitment. There are many other reasons, not directly related to COVID-19, that... Read More


Protected characteristics – a timely reminder

Irina Polyakova

Have some employers lost sight of what is right as their businesses struggle to survive? Could there be some kind of “coronamadness” amongst the business community?

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an increasing number of cases where employers have broken laws set out in The Equality Act 2010. These... Read More


Job Support Scheme (JSS) explained

Irina Polyakova

The JSS will apply from when the furlough scheme ends until 30 April 2021 (as at 02.11.20). The JSS provides two separate levels of support: first, to employers facing lower demand over the winter months due to the COVID-19 pandemic (JSS Open) and second, to those employers that are legally required to close their... Read More


Retail tenants should check the small print

James  Burgess

As a fresh wave of lockdown measures are announced across the UK, retail tenants may be experiencing new concerns about how to pay the rent. However, another ticking timebomb may be the viability of their landlords.

Even before the pandemic, the high street was undergoing radical change and the continuing... Read More


Two years running! Eaton Smith shortlisted for the 2020 TIGA Awards

Chris Taylor

Eaton Smith is immensely proud to confirm that, for a second year running, we have been shortlisted in the Best Legal Services Supplier category of TIGA’s 2020 Annual Awards.

Commenting on the shortlist, Chris Taylor, Partner at Eaton Smith said; "We are pleased to be recognised at national awards level for... Read More


Property booms as home and overseas buyers rush to beat deadline

Chris Brierley

Property buyers are fighting off the pandemic to catch a new home before stamp duty goes back to its normal rate. For overseas buyers the race is even more important, as the rate will carry an additional surcharge for them from April.

As part of the range of measures to provide economic support through the... Read More