Coronavirus



Visa waiver programme suspended due to UK's COVID-19 'divergence' from Ireland

The visa waiver programme allowing people visiting the UK on short stay visas to travel to Ireland has been temporarily suspended because of a "divergence in approach" to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 10 July 2020

Legal experts and campaigners call for public inquiry into government handling of COVID-19

More than 70 legal, campaigning and civil society organisations are calling for an urgent public inquiry into the UK government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 9 July 2020

England: Ministry of Justice grants sick pay to outsourced cleaners after death

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has granted full sick pay to outsourced staff with COVID-19 symptoms, three months after the death of one of its cleaners.

Published 9 July 2020

Physical prison visits to resume alongside virtual visits

Physical prison visits will resume in Northern Ireland later this month, Justice Minister Naomi Long has confirmed.

Published 7 July 2020

Lisa Bryson: Now is the time to be thinking about the future and the potential for redundancies

Lisa Bryson, partner and head of employment at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, considers the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Northern Ireland.

Published 7 July 2020

Law and human rights experts publish online book on COVID-19 impact

Global experts in law and human rights have contributed to a new online publication about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 2 July 2020

'Hybrid' legacy inquests to take place from October after COVID-19 delays

The first tranche of legacy inquests due to be heard as part of a five-year plan may begin to be heard in October in unprecedented "hybrid" hearings following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 30 June 2020

Democracy under threat from ‘pandemic of misinformation’ online

The UK government should act immediately to deal with a "pandemic of misinformation" that poses an existential threat to our democracy and way of life, according to a report of the Lords' Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies.

Published 29 June 2020

Lawyers urged to consider settling 320 personal injury cases 'in limbo'

Lawyers have been urged by Ms Justice Mary Irvine, the new president of the High Court, to consider settling 320 personal injury cases which have been left "in limbo" since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 26 June 2020

England: Nightingale-style courts to address court backlog

New Nightingale-style courts will be opened to deal with the backlog of more than half a million criminal cases that have built up during the pandemic, The Times reports.

Published 26 June 2020

PSNI faces renewed calls to suspend use of 'unsafe' spit hoods

The PSNI is facing renewed calls to suspend its use of spit hoods following new evidence that they provide no protection from COVID-19 and could in fact increase the risk of infection.

Published 25 June 2020

Jason O'Sullivan: Post-lockdown employment law tips for employers

Jason O'Sullivan, solicitor and public affairs consultant at J.O.S Solicitors, sets out some tips for employers as public health restrictions begin to ease.

Published 25 June 2020

Physical prison visits to resume on phased basis next month

Physical prison visits will resume on a phased basis next month, nearly four months after their suspension during the COVID-19 crisis, the Irish Prison Service has announced.

Published 24 June 2020

Judicial review withdrawn after inspections of care homes resume

A judicial review brought in response to a decision to reduce the number of inspections in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic has been withdrawn following a U-turn by the Department of Health.

Published 23 June 2020

Eoin Brereton: COVID-19 guidance offers reassurance to company directors

Eoin Brereton, partner at Philip Lee, considers new guidance on directors' duties during COVID-19.

Published 23 June 2020