The Covid-19 outbreak has created an array of legal problems with which to grapple, not least the intersection between the two highly specialist areas of employment and insolvency law. This has been underscored by the issue of furloughing employees and how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme operates in business rescue situations.
Last week, two judgments were handed down which are of interest to insolvency and employment lawyers alike.
At the beginning of the week, Snowden J handed down judgment in Re Carluccio’s Limited EWHC 886 (Ch). This was the first case to consider: (1) the legal mechanism by which Administrators acting under Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 might lawfully place employees on furlough pursuant to the CJRS, (2) the effect of a variation letter on the contracts of employment of the affected employees, (3) whether or not the employment contracts of the affected employees would be adopted by the Administrators and (4) if the Administrators were under a duty to apply under the CJRS in respect of any of the employees to whom the variation letter had been sent, irrespective of their response (or lack of it). This was followed at the end of the week by Trower J’s judgment in Re Debenhams Retail Limited  EWHC 921 (Ch) which provided further guidance on the insolvency issues that were addressed in Re Carluccio’s Limited.
Given this intersection of insolvency and employment law issues, we invite you to join us for a thought-provoking live streamed seminar from a panel comprised of two specialist Insolvency Barristers and two specialist Employment Barristers.
Our panel will address the following:
The webinar will take place at 10 am and at 4pm on Thursday 23 April 2020 and will be accessible via a link to Guildhall Chambers’ Microsoft Teams online software.
Following the 1-hour panel discussion, there will be an open forum Q & A session using Microsoft Teams ‘chat’ function.
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