Businesses are facing many real and unique challenges as the world responds to COVID-19.
With thoughts turning to re-occupying premises, people are faced with dealing with the practicalities of how to implement social distancing measures and ensure the safety of employees. Critical to this is how you manage your premises and questions are being asked by businesses, particularly in multi-let office buildings, about who is responsible for ensuring common areas are safe (such as the reception areas, toilets and lifts) and who must pay for measures which must be implemented to make them safe.
We have launched RE: Occupy to help.
RE: Occupy is designed to provide you with a combination of thought leadership and peer insights with low cost, fixed fee, high-quality services to support your re-occupation.
What does RE: Occupy offer?
- Thought leadership from our market leading employment and real estate practices, focusing on your key assets – your people and your buildings.
- Peer to peer insights through a series of round table discussions with similar corporate occupiers and leading property agents.
- Transparency and cost certainty to meet your property needs during re-occupation. We are offering a low cost, fixed fee menu of services to assist with issues such as documenting alterations to deal with social distancing guidelines or extending lease terms. Fees start at £240 +VAT for an alterations review and report.
Coronavirus – FAQs on managing a safe return to work23 July 2021
Employers are facing many employment law issues as the guidance on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These FAQs cover employers’ health and safety obligations, including risk assessments, risk control measures and responsibilities towards employees who are advised to self-isolate.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart20 July 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace following the removal of most legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces15 July 2021
Employers are facing many employment law issues as the guidance on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These FAQs cover specific issues in relation to deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees do not want to come to work.
Commercial rent — COVID-19 - tenants’ defences fail at first hurdle09 July 2021
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RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-1917 June 2021
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down; to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
Coronavirus Act 2020 and forfeiture of leases17 June 2021
The government has protected tenants’ interests, with the Coronavirus Act 2020 coming into force on 26 March 2020.
The Great Occupier/Developer Office Debate: Matching Supply and Demand29 April 2021
The past 12 months have changed the landscape of the commercial property market in the UK and beyond.
The catalyst of Covid-19 must bring a positive change to our offices: Clare Reddy writes for Property Week01 April 2021
Covid-19 has been, and continues to be, a catalyst for change. At some point, life will settle into a new rhythm, which will come with its own challenges. As we grapple with hybrid ways of working, the pandemic has shown that our experiences have not been equal and has emphasised the increased importance of wellbeing.