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Navigating the impact of COVID-19

Holmes have been guiding clients through the profound legal and business challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. To assist our clients in navigating through the pandemic challenges we have developed this dedicated COVID-19 Insights resource centre. We will highlight practical considerations and insights to inform and guide you in these ever-changing circumstances.

This resource centre contains our latest updates on various key legal issues which directors, managers and legal counsel should consider. Such issues range from employer responsibilities to commercial contracts, and from data protection implications to risk minimisation, insurance cover, regulatory challenges and dispute resolution. We update on all issues which evolve as the virus spreads and governments react.

We are aware that the need for information and speed of response is particularly critical at this time. Our lawyers are committed to keeping you informed and will continue to provide timely updates on all relevant COVID-19 legal and regulatory matters.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Our banking and finance team is closely assessing developments related to COVID-19. Our lawyers continue to monitor the impact on the economy and the financial system as businesses implement their contingency plans. We are working with our clients to ensure that they are equipped to respond effectively to the evolving situation.

Please do not hesitate to contact our banking and finance lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team’s latest COVID-19 banking and finance insights

Our commercial contracts team has been advising clients on a range of legal implications arising from the spread of COVID-19. 

Public, private, and voluntary organisations alike, have encountered contract law challenges. Complex commercial contracts require careful review, especially by businesses struggling to carry out their contractual obligations. Other businesses are embarking on new and unfamiliar arrangements for the first time where they need to rely on our experience and guidance. 

Please do not hesitate to contact our commercial contracts lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 commercial contracts insights

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, businesses across all sectors are being faced with extremely difficult decisions. Now more than ever, built environment sector participants need to rely on expert legal advice to help them successfully navigate a myriad of unique and challenging issues.

We offer extensive expertise critical for structuring complex real estate transactions during these uncertain times. If you would like to discuss the potential impact of the crisis on your existing or contemplated real estate investments, contact a member of our commercial property team.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 commercial property insights

The construction industry is exposed to elevated risk as a result of COVID-19, given its reliance on multi-jurisdictional supply chains, the effects of government quarantine measures and the related contractual issues they present. The Irish planning system also faces challenges potentially causing delays to key infrastructure and construction projects.

Our COVID-19 construction team is assessing the potential impact that this pandemic will have on all aspects of construction transactions. Please do not hesitate to contact our construction lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 construction insights

Directors, board members and investors are faced with a range of questions and logistical issues as a result of COVID-19. Holding AGMs or proceeding with corporate transactions are now pressing considerations for organisations. Our team of corporate lawyers and company secretaries are working closely with clients to provide practical solutions and advice on next steps. 

Please do not hesitate to contact our corporate governance and advisory lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 corporate governance and advisory insights

Businesses in all sectors are facing very challenging times arising from the outset of, and reaction to, COVID-19 impacts. With the challenges in some instances being unprecedented, directors of affected companies need to be cognisant of their duties especially around decisions they are looking at making to get through current difficulties.

Our corporate recovery team are here assist and share their insights around supporting and guiding directors through this trying time when decisions may not be easy to make. In particular, we can help directors seeking to minimise risk, and businesses planning to avoid the need for a formal insolvency process.

Please do not hesitate to contact our corporate recovery lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 corporate recovery insights

Technology is proving vital in sustaining businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. As business activity moves online almost exclusively, seeking expert advice on privacy and data security matters is more important than ever.  While the situation is changing rapidly day by day, our data security and privacy lawyers are continually assessing the novel issues the pandemic presents.

We provide practical, up-to-date guidance in responding to the impacts COVID-19 has on Irish data security and privacy matters. Please do not hesitate to contact our data security and privacy lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 data security and privacy insights

As the COVID-19 crisis continues organisations across all sectors are being faced with extremely difficult decisions with regard to their businesses. We understand that managing credit and cash flow is critical for business survival. Debt recovery is a key part of this process. Now, more than ever, it is important that organisations can rely on expert legal advice to help them successfully navigate the full range of issues.

If you would like to discuss the potential impact of the outbreak on your business, please contact a member of our debt recovery team.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 debt recovery insights

COVID-19 is presenting unique and unprecedented challenges for employers who must grapple with complex issues.  Employers are endeavouring to mitigate the impact on their workforce, ensure the health and safety of their employees, comply with their legal obligations and consider practical solutions to employment law issues that are developing on a daily basis.  As this crisis unfolds, it is essential that employers have a strategy in place to respond in a speedy, legally informed and pragmatic manner. Our employment lawyers have been advising clients on COVID-19 related issues since the beginning of 2020 and has worked closely with a number of clients on successfully developing COVID-19 action plans. Please do not hesitate to contact our employment lawyers if you need any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 employment, pensions and benefits insights

The COVID-19 outbreak is presenting unprecedented challenges for businesses and public bodies across Europe. Our latest insights outline the key EU, State aid, and competition considerations for businesses navigating this challenging new landscape. We are here to support you and we provide practical tips for businesses in the weeks and months ahead. We will continue to update our website as the situation continues to develop. Please do not hesitate to contact our EU, competition and State aid lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 EU, competition and State aid insights

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to have a momentous impact on the global economy and all businesses, including insurers and intermediaries, face challenging and unstable market conditions. As the COVID-19 position develops, insurers and intermediaries are focused on mitigating the impact on their operations to ensure business continuity. It is important for the industry to be legally informed and prepared to engage with this crisis in the immediate future so as to protect both workforces and customers. Our insurance litigation lawyers are well placed to advise clients on how to respond to issues encountered and developments in the industry.

Please contact our insurance litigation lawyers if you need any COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 insurance litigation insights

The implications of COVID-19 on commercial obligations is a cause of major concern for the business community. With more lawyers specialising in dispute resolution than any other firm in Ireland we are uniquely positioned to help clients during this unprecedented global pandemic. 

Our objective is to provide strategic advice to clients on how to mitigate the risk of litigation and protect the on-going viability of their business.

The escalating Covid-19 pandemic presents significant challenges for people and business. The risks associated with the crisis are such that adaptations have been swiftly made in a range of areas. This has created pressure and uncertainty in the performance of contracts and commercial relationships more generally. The ongoing crisis has also significantly disrupted the operation of the courts system, but we are working to reduce that impact where possible. It remains to be seen whether the crisis will materially affect other forms of dispute resolution and investigations.

Our litigation and disputes lawyers have been advising clients on Covid-19 related issues for a number of months and we continue to do so remotely in novel and efficient ways. Please contact our litigation and disputes lawyers if you require any COVID-19 related advice. 

Read our team's latest COVID-19 litigation and disputes insights

Our mergers, acquisitions and investments team is actively monitoring the markets and the implications of COVID-19 on global asset managers, investment banks, fund administration groups and investors. We are continuously advising our clients on how to respond to the evolving issues that are having a profound impact on their business. In addition we are keeping a close eye on all regulatory developments in the industry. Please contact our mergers, acquisitions and investments lawyers if you require any COVID-19 related advice. 

Read our team's latest COVID-19 mergers, acquisitions and investments insights

The duration of the COVID-19 crisis is unknown, but as it continues the number of unforeseen problems and legal issues will continue to mount.  Our procurement and tendering team is actively monitoring both the Government response to the emergency and the knock-on impacts on business and society at large.  

We are continuously advising our clients on how to respond to the evolving issues that are having a profound impact on their business. In addition, we are keeping a close eye on all regulatory developments and will share our insights during the changing landscape of this global public health crisis. Please contract our procurement and tendering lawyers if you require any COVID-19 related advice. 

Read our team's latest COVID-19 procurement and tendering insights

As we grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, the need to respond quickly to the disruption of operations and mitigate risks is critical. Our public and administrative law solicitors have been advising on COVID-19 related issues and working closely with a number of clients on successfully addressing those challenges. Please do not hesitate to contact our public and administrative law solicitors if you need any specific COVID-19 related advice.

Read our team's latest COVID-19 public and administrative law insights

Navigating the public and regulated sector environment can be challenging, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Now, more than ever, it is important that organisations can rely on expert legal advice to help them successfully address the full range of public sector and regulatory issues arising during the pandemic.

Our combined experience gives us a unique understanding of the challenges faced by statutory bodies and people dealing with these bodies, regulators and regulated persons, and anyone undertaking, or subject to, statutory or non-statutory investigation during this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to contact our regulatory compliance lawyers if you require any specific COVID-19 related advice. 

Read our team's latest COVID-19 regulatory compliance insights