Legal News has curated a list of information and links relevant to businesses and professionals in the legal sector in Wales in light of the implications of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The list (below) is segmented into useful updated feeds from key organisations and regulators.
If any links (that are helpfully updated regularly) are missing, please send them to the Editor by email, here.
Welsh Government has prepared information on Covid-19 for businesses and the public (including key workers), broken down into relevant, updated topics. The Welsh Government Covid-19 information homepage can be found here.
There is also a daily list of announcements (some of which are fed into the sections above) that can be found here.
Business Wales has a comprehensive page of Covid-19 advice and links for businesses and workers in Wales, here.
Quick links to individual Business Wales sections:
- Development Bank of Wales information
- Government support to business
- BEIS guidance for employers & businesses
- Financial support for businesses
- Business Rates Relief
- Financial support for employers
Business closure updates
To delay the spread of coronavirus, the government has instructed some businesses and venues including all pubs, bars and restaurants to close. Further information on which businesses need to close can be found at:
UK Government Business Interruption Loan in Wales
The UK Govt Business Interruption Loan in Wales is accessible via the Business Wales Helpline on: 0300 060 3000 (the helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm).
Courts & Tribunals Judiciary
Rolling information from the Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, including practice directions for on video and audio hearings, reviews of court arrangements, etc can be found here.
Legal Aid Agency
There is now rolling advice for legal aid providers setting out what the Legal Aid Agency is putting in place to help them continue to provide service for their clients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Legal Aid contingency response can be found here.
Costs assessments in civil and crime
General information including on costs assessment and remuneration for civil and crime matters can be found here.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority
The SRA is monitoring the situation closely and have provided some information to help to support the legal community and members of the public during the Covid-19 outbreak. You can find the SRA information and guidance here.
The SRA will keep this page as up to date as possible as the situation develops.
FAQs for legal professionals
The SRA has published a useful series of FAQs:
The Law Society Wales
The Law Society Wales office is launching it’s comprehensive Covid-19 advice page for the Welsh legal sector imminently. We will share a link to that information here.
In the meantime, The Law Society of England & Wales has comprised information for its members, here.
It has also published a new FAQ on who should be attending court during the Covid-19 outbreak, here.
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Changes to exams and assessments
In order to protect the health of CILEx students, members and staff it has decided to postpone apprenticeship assessments and professional exams until later this year. View the statement, in full here.
Key dates and deadlines for 2020 can be found here.
Support for the sector
We’re living in a very difficult and worrying time.
If you’re feeling anxious and need to talk the LawCare team, you can contact them using the live chat function on its website, lawcare.org.uk or call the LawCare helpline on 0800 279 6888.