COVID-19 UK Weekly Webinar – April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly the biggest public health crisis of our times. Like many other countries, the UK Government has exercised broad powers and passed new laws that impact how we do business and interact as a society.

To address the pandemic, the Government announced several sweeping regulations and ushered through the Coronavirus Act 2020. These actions have a broad impact on law, public policy and daily life, impacting areas including health, social welfare, commerce, trade, competition, employment and the free movement of people.

Join our team of Gibson Dunn London lawyers, led by partner and former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer QC, for a discussion of these changes and to answer your questions on how they will affect British businesses and community, including the impact on new and ongoing business relationships.

In our first webinar of the series we will cover:

  • The Government’s use of the law to face down the pandemic, including the use of powers under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act and the new Coronavirus Act
  • The impact of the pandemic on the administration of justice, as well as implications for arbitration cases, and what this means for new and pending disputes
  • The changes to workplaces, including the Chancellor’s support measures for businesses, and the rights and obligations of employers and employees

We want to hear from you about the impacts the current measures and conditions are having on your business and the legal issues you are facing. We therefore welcome suggested topics, as well as questions in advance of each webinar, to ensure that we can address issues relevant to your business.


Charlie Falconer QC: An English qualified barrister and Gibson Dunn partner. Former UK Lord Chancellor and first Secretary of State for Justice, he spent 25 years as a commercial barrister, and became a QC in 1991

Matt Aleksic: An Associate in the Litigation and International Arbitration groups of Gibson Dunn. Experience in a wide range of disputes, including commercial litigation, international arbitration and investigations

Sarika Rabheru: An Associate in Gibson Dunn’s Employment team. Specializes in employment

Steve Melrose: An Associate in the Litigation and White Collar Crime groups of Gibson Dunn. Focuses on public law issues, domestic and cross-border corporate investigations, regulatory investigations and white-collar criminal matters