From fluctuating levels of consumer demand and supply chain collapses, through to heightened cyber security risks and large-scale absenteeism – no business will be untouched by the effects of COVID-19.

With the situation changing on a daily basis, Burges Salmon recognises that our clients will need immediate access to up to date, pragmatic advice across a breadth of different areas. In response to this, we have established a COVID-19 response team, headed by our Senior Partner and employment law specialist, Chris Seaton.

This team of designated lawyers drawn from across our sectors and specialisms are well-equipped to help you manage short-term and longer-term issues as they arise. The response team together with our wider legal teams will be producing regular content and guidance which will be hosted here on our COVID-19 hub.

Through this hub, you can:

  • find contact details of our COVID-19 response team; and
  • access knowledge and general guidance on a wide variety of issues.

During this time, Burges Salmon remains commited to providing excellent levels of service to our clients. Read more about our response to COVID-19 here.

Latest resources

Banking/Financial Services

Can the lender pull the loan?

Closing finance transactions in the days of social distancing

Government debt finance schemes for UK businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Latest coronavirus updates for FCA/PRA regulated firms

Latest coronavirus updates for authorised funds


Competition law considerations for businesses


Will the Construction Leadership Council's new guidance help avoid construction disputes?

COVID-19: How can a party best prepare for and respond to an adjudication during COVID-19?


Governance and duties

Impact on AGMs

What does it mean for M&A transactions?

Is it a material adverse change in M&A transactions?

Government announces insolvency law changes to give directors breathing space

Implications for MAR and AIM Rules obligations


Courts and Tribunals operating remotely during outbreak


Written content 

**NEW**  New COVID-19 guidance on working safely – what employers need to know

COVID testing at work - what employers need to know 

The COVID-19 vaccine: What does it mean for employers?

The Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme from November 2020 to September 2021

COVID-19: A guide for employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - from July to October 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - from March to July 2020

Postponed: The Coronavirus Job Support Scheme - an essential guide for employers

Managing holiday and extension of carry-over provisions

The Test and Trace Scheme: what does it mean for employers?

Treasury Direction on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: A summary of key points 

Preparing for a return to office working - Part 1

Preparing for a return to office working - Part 2

Video content

 A Conversation about…hybrid working after COVID-19 - watch now

A conversation about...flexible working in a COVID-19 world - watch now

A conversation about...COVID-19 and the quarantined employee - watch now

A conversation about...COVID-19 and the reluctant returner - watch now 

A conversation about...flexible furloughing - watch now

On-demand webinars

Employment Law Webinar Series: Reducing Workforce Costs - watch now


Managing environmental compliance: An update following guidance from the regulators

Managing environmental compliance in the time of COVID-19

Food and drink

Current challenges facing food businesses


Coronavirus Bill - Increasing the health and social care workforce in England and Wales

NHS England guidance on standard contract payments

Health and Safety

Relaxed drivers' hours rules don’t replace fatigue risk assessments

Intellectual Property

How to navigate the brand protection challenges exacerbated by COVID-19


Dealing with a contributions crisis

Investment-related considerations for pension schemes 

Will the use of Regulated Apportionment Arrangements (RAAs) rise?

How pension scheme trustees can maintain business as usual during testing times

New guidance on furlough and pensions: what employers and scheme trustees need to know

Planning and CPO

Permitted development rights allow pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways

Managing existing planning permissions and applications

Scotland assists developers by extending the duration of planning permission

Private Client Services

Divorce and Family Law during the COVID-19 pandemic: Frequently Asked Questions

Private Wealth

Statutory residence test and immigration update

Further immigration update from the Home Office

Mitigating the impact on the charity sector

Setting aside financial agreements and orders in family proceedings

How validly to sign a Will whilst social distancing

Procurement and State Aid

CCS issues guidance on public procurement

Real Estate

Planning for a return to office working - Part 2

Planning for a return to office working - Part 1

Impact to the Real Estate Finance market

Ban on forfeiture of commercial leases for non-payment of rent

Can you be locked out of your business premises?

Commercial rent income: issues for landlords in light of COVID-19

Impact on Landlord and Tenant issues

Rent support in the REF market

Supply Chain/Force Majeure

Force majeure, cashflow and people – three issues businesses need to manage

How will further business closures affect the food, retail and leisure sectors?

Breaking commercial contracts

Three key messages on COVID-19 supply chain disruption and product regulation


What tax initiatives are available to support my business?


COVID-19: The NHS launches its contact-tracing app

Homeworking consumer broadband contracts and Ofcom's Code of Practice 

Cybercrime risk and COVID-19

ICO issues guidance on workplace testing for employers

Our COVID-19 Response Team

Our COVID-19 response team are committed to supporting our clients through the challenges that COVID-19 brings
Meet the team