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The Covid diaries: Day 16 - Sunny Days and Good News

The Covid diaries: Day 16 - Sunny Days and Good News

A daily fly-on-the-wall blog about running a legal business during the Covid-19 crisis.

By Dónall Breen - 06 April

Sunshine and royalty, a proper British summer

This weekend we had our first taste of the British summer to come (hopefully!). We were all basking (from the comfort of our gardens, balconies and south facing windows) in the beautiful sunshine. It was welcomed relief and lifted our spirits. The Queen also made a guest appearance to bring the nation together, reassuring us that we will overcome this. Overall, it was a nice weekend.

As every company I have ever given my email address can attest to, we are all trying to make the most of this and in keeping with the well worn mantra - keep calm and carry on.

We had some employment law updates over the weekend. In an unusual Sunday move, the government released more guidance on the furlough scheme. Good news is that they clarified that employees can work elsewhere when furloughed (with their employer's permission); the bad news is that we still haven't got guidance on the interaction between furlough and holiday entitlement, which many employers are crying out for. Fingers crossed that will come soon.

But the best news of all was that we welcomed a new member to our team. Chris Coombes has joined us as an associate and is looking forward to getting stuck into some work. Although I'm sure it was a strange first day, we had a 'juniors' coffee and all seems to be going well. Although "keep calm and carry on" can be a bit of a cliche at this stage, Chris joining us shows that the firm intends on doing just that. Top quality people, top quality advice - and most importantly - top quality blog posts.

Welcome Chris, it's great to have you on board!

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