April 2020 - Matrix Chambers
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Month: April 2020

A change in approach from the CCRC? by Anita Davies

The CCRC referred a record number of convictions to the Court of Appeal in March 2020. Anita Davies considers the challenges of making a CCRC application, and whether the March decisions reflect a changing trend. On 04 March 2020 the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) conceded a judicial review in the case of the “Shrewsbury […]

If COVID-19 is a ‘biological agent’, as defined in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Human Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), how can employers, particularly health care providers, ensure they comply with COSHH?

This Q&A focuses on the risks presented by Covid-19 to health care providers, such as those working in care homes and hospitals. The Health and Safety Executive website provides additional resources to assist compliance and the HSE’s detailed Approved Code of Practice for compliance with COSHH can be found here. This Q&A is only intended […]

Covid-19 and Search Warrants – The police/ regulator is conducting a search of my client’s premises but my team and I can’t attend because we are self-isolating. What can we do? by Jamas Hodivala

The use of video-conferencing technology has become essential for lawyers since the COVID-19 pandemic. If your client wishes you to attend rather than provide advice over the telephone when required, you will be better prepared if you have taken the advance steps set out below. You should encourage existing clients to download videoconferencing facilities onto […]

Coronavirus and the Frustration of Employment Contracts by Mark Greaves

“‘Frustration” to lawyers can have a technical meaning (although they, too, are often ‘frustrated’ in the popular sense).”[1] The doctrine of discharge of a contract by frustration, although rarely relied upon in an employment context, has been the subject of renewed focus following the coming into force of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations […]