Coinciding with the lockdown imposed across the UK on the 23rd March, all Courts across Scotland were closed to routine business. Hub Courts were assigned for each Sheriffdom - across the ten Courts of Tayside, Central and Fife, only two hub Courts were designated, and those two Courts are dealing only with designated "emergency" business, for example dealing with those arrested and held in custody, and applications for protective orders for either person or property, where the solicitor has been able to satisfy the Court that there is sufficient urgency.
What this has meant is that all routine business, in every Court across Scotland, has been paused, and either sisted (frozen) or has been continued until late summer.
As we start to see green shoots emerging and what the new normal will mean for business, it is understandable that many employees will be worried about the potential changes and significant threat to their future employment.
Companies are going to have to adapt their practices and procedures to suit the current situation, but will also need to ensure the practicalities around this and their business continuity and viability. This could potentially mean a cut in workforce, at least for the short term whilst the world gets back to normal.
Macnabs Managing Partner, Ruth Croman, has recently been accredited by FLAGS as a Family Law Arbitrator. A well-respected family lawyer, Ruth is a member of the Family Law Association, Consensus Collaboration Scotland and is accredited as a Specialist in both Family Law and Child Law. Macnabs boasts one of the most experienced and highly qualified teams of family law solicitors in Perthshire and Tayside.
Arbitration is an alternative method of dispute resolution, where the parties involved choose to appoint an impartial family arbitrator to resolve their family problems, outside of the Courts. It is an ideal approach for people who want to resolve a family dispute without the delay and expense of the court process, especially in the current challenging climate where the Courts are currently effectively closed for all but urgent cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to wide-ranging changes across the country and the property industry is facing it’s own particular challenges.
The message in Scotland is still to “Stay At Home’ and many landlords are no doubt struggling with the impact this is having. Thousands of businesses will be working with limited capacity and limited income, causing problems with their cash flow, which will in turn impact on the ability to pay rent at the same rate. Likewise, with 6.3 million people temporarily laid off by 800,000 companies and nearly a quarter of British employees furloughed in the last fortnight, according to HMRC, domestic rent will be a struggle for many.