Fact Sheet: Employment matters to consider during the current economic and health crisis

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak will be more significant and longer lasting than was first imagined.

With that in mind businesses should focus primarily upon the health and wellbeing of their teams, and what they can do operationally to minimise the spread of the virus.

Governments across the world continue to issue guidance, and mandate actions that businesses and individuals must take to support this effort.

This is a fast-moving landscape, with new legislation being introduced at record speed.

We are working hard to keep our clients up to date.

This note provides some practical steps that may be taken by businesses in relation to their employees and working practices.

Conexus Law appoints dispute resolution specialist to support companies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Conexus Law, the specialist advisory firm that provides legal and commercial advice to clients who work in sectors where the built environment, technology, engineering and people converge, has appointed a specialist dispute resolution and commercial litigation lawyer.

Ian Timlin brings with him nearly 30 years’ experience including acting for long standing technology clients in the following sectors: data centres, document management, telephony, car parking and young driver insurance. Career highlights include: leading and completing the successful settlement of complex multi-party multi-insurer construction claims including recovering £21m from a FTSE 100 construction company, architect and their insurers following mediation.

Ian Timlin said: “I have been a CEDR Accredited Mediator since 2000 and feel strongly that discussion and negotiation are often the primary tool in resolving disputes and Court proceedings. This is particularly important during this pandemic where companies, businesses and individuals need to work together to get the best possible outcome and maintain good working relationships for when this is all over.”

Ed Cooke, founder at Conexus Law, said: “Ian’s clients comment that he is straight talking, tough (when necessary), practical, tenacious and ultimately very commercial in getting disputes resolved. He is a great asset to our growing team and will be invaluable in helping our clients both through these unprecedented times and after as we start the process of rebuilding.”

Ian was previously an equity partner at Maxwell Batley on Chancery Lane and at City law firm, Speechly Bircham, and the Group Legal Director for a large offshore property development, investment and construction group based in the Channel Islands.

He is also an accomplished sports lawyer, with particular and significant experience in the world of motorsport, advising in respect of disputes and putting in place a myriad of commercial contracts in that sector.

Fact Sheet: The effect of Coronavirus on contractual obligations

The Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak is already having a significant impact on many individuals and many businesses. Unfortunately, it is becoming clearer that the impact will likely be more significant and longer lasting than we may have imagined at first.

Primarily, businesses should be focussed upon the health and wellbeing of their teams, and what they can do operationally to minimise the spread of the virus. Governments across the world are issuing guidance, and mandating actions that businesses and individuals must take to support this effort.

This is a fast-moving landscape. We are working hard to keep our clients up to date.

This note provides legal analysis alongside some valuable, practical steps that may be taken by parties who find the impact of Covid-19 affects their ability to meet contractual obligations owed to others (upstream), or who find that their trading partners can no longer meet the obligations owed to them (downstream).

In the modern commercial world, businesses are also more reliant on trading partners and long “just in time” supply chains in order to fulfil their contractual obligations. The impact of Covid-19 could significantly upset those finely balanced arrangements. The relationships between parties may be tested in ways they had not previously contemplated.

As trading relationships are now often global, one may have to consider a complex interplay of laws from different jurisdictions, some of which are potentially in conflict. The answers are not simple and are highly fact specific. This note gives some general legal guidance, but it is no substitute for proper legal advice – whether that advice comes from us, or your usual lawyers.

Various governments are introducing emergency legislation to provide support to businesses that may be affected by Covid-19. Some of that legislation may amend the general legal guidance provided in this note.

For countries that are key for our clients, we will endeavour to provide more detailed advice on the latest position.

The effect of Covid-19 on contractual obligations, Datacentre Solutions

Conexus Law, the specialist advisory firm that provides legal and commercial advice to clients who work in sectors where the built environment, technology, engineering and people converge, is launching a range of fact sheets on the legal implications of the Covid-19.

The first one provides legal analysis alongside some valuable, practical steps that may be taken by parties who find the impact of Covid-19 affects their ability to meet contractual obligations owed to others (upstream), or who find that their trading partners can no longer meet the obligations owed to them (downstream).

Ed Cooke, Founder at Conexus Law, said: “In the modern commercial world, businesses are often heavily reliant on trading partners and long “just in time” supply chains in order to fulfil their contractual obligations. The impact of Covid-19 could significantly upset those finely balanced arrangements and the relationships between parties may be tested in ways they had not previously contemplated.

“As trading relationships are now often global, a complex interplay of laws from different jurisdictions may also be in play, some of which are potentially in conflict. For example, English law may govern your contract with your customer, but Chinese law may govern the law of your contract with a critical supplier enabling you to perform your customer contract.”

The Conexus Law fact sheet advises that organisations identify whether there are any express provisions written into the contract which might be relevant to the Covid-19 situation. For example, there is a large section on force majeure and whether it is applicable. Other areas include certain insurances and the importance of following all relevant procedures in the policy related to claims notification and submission of claims.

“The Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak is already having a significant impact on many individuals and businesses and it is becoming clearer that the impact will likely be more significant and longer lasting than we may have imagined at first. We hope these fact sheets provide helpful guidance during these challenging times,” concludes Ed.

Source: datacentre.solutions/news/58777/the-effect-of-covid-19-on-contractual-obligations

Press Release: Conexus Law announces new team

Conexus Law, the specialist advisory firm that provides legal and commercial advice to clients who work in sectors where the built environment, technology, engineering and people converge, has announced a number of senior appointments that are joining founder, Ed Cooke.

Emma Cordiner specialises in Real Estate & Data Centre Leasing with over 15 years’ experience in the world of commercial real estate transactions, both in the UK and internationally. This includes acting for datacentre industry clients, advising during the negotiation and legal transaction phases of securing space in data centres to create global networks spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Husna Patel specialises in construction and engineering law with a strong legal background in transactional and advisory work. She has worked in-house at a global electrical equipment suppliers who frequently supply the technology and data centre sectors, and so has seen negotiations from both sides. Projects include commercial and residential property development, technology projects such as data centres, on- and off-shore wind farms, bio mass and bio fuel plants, and land remediation projects in the UK and internationally. She has particular expertise with engineering and international contracts, such as those based on FIDIC.

Marilyn Heward-Mills has over 20 years of employment law experience focusing on contentious and non-contentious matters. She started at the predecessor to WilmerHale in 1996 as a dual-qualified English and US lawyer. Marilyn is also a published fiction author and a qualified therapeutic counsellor.

Philip Brown has over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer working in the technology sector. His clients include data centres, telecommunications providers, software developers and platform providers and their customers. He has put cloud and software platforms into some of the biggest global brands and advised on telecommunications systems arrangements within the nuclear sector and consumer-facing technology providers.

Commenting on the new team Ed Cooke, founder at Conexus Law, said: “Conexus Law is founded on the belief that we can only deliver the best counsel if we have a strong understanding of the sectors’ challenges and the underlying technology and processes. Therefore, every member of the team has specific industry expertise and is a leader in their field. I am extremely proud of this amazing group of people and look forward to welcoming others as we continue to grow.”

Press Release: Specialist law firm launches with physical and digital infrastructure focus

A law firm that focuses solely on supporting companies at the intersection where the built environment, technology and people converge, has launched today. Conexus Law will work closely with clients in the connected world in both IT, telecommunications, infrastructure and datacentre construction and with engineering businesses delivering major infrastructure projects.

The company has been founded by Ed Cooke, a recognised expert in critical IT infrastructure, engineering, procurement and construction. He has previously been a partner in international law firms DLA Piper and Bird & Bird.

Conexus Law is founded on the belief that its people can only deliver the best counsel if they have a strong understanding of the industry challenges and the underlying technology and processes, so every member of the team has specific industry expertise.

It will take a fresh and different approach to legal practice, in many ways mirroring the way its clients operate, using similar language and processes to enable seamless interaction, identifying key risks and creating flexible legal frameworks.

Ed Cooke, Founder at Conexus Law, said: “With growth continually outstripping predictions, the digital sector is facing major challenges around the unprecedented pace of change, lack of resources and an inability to predict what the future technology landscape will look like or demand. In addition, innovative technologists are pioneering emerging technology where there is often no legal precedent and the regulatory environment frustrates innovation. Conexus Law will deliver robust, creative and commercially pragmatic global solutions in this fast moving and unpredictable sector.”