UK COVID-19 Inquiry launches first investigation

The Inquiry Chair, Baroness Hallett officially launched the UK COVID-19 Inquiry and opened its first investigation into how well prepared the UK was for a pandemic. Baroness Hallett also set out the timetable for the next 12 months, with preliminary hearings starting later this year, and the first witnesses to… Read More

Straight Talk – The implications of unlawful discharge

In this case, the daughters of two care home residents who died of COVID-19 brought a judicial review of policies and guidance released in March and April 2020. These related to discharge of patients from hospitals and admission to care homes and allowed for asymptomatic patients to be admitted without… Read More

Scope of COVID-19 Inquiry to be broadened

Following the consultation period into the COVID-19 Inquiry Terms of Reference, the Chair Baroness Hallett has completed an analysis of the responses received.  On 12 May 2022 Baroness Hallett wrote to the Prime Minister and recommended that the scope of the Inquiry be reframed to put potential inequalities at its… Read More

Furlough Guidance Updated

The guidance for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was updated on 4 April 2020. The scheme allows employers to furlough staff and claim back part of their wages. The new guidance adds detail and some clarifications to the original HMRC guidance published on 26 March, but… Read More