COVID-19 UK Weekly Webinar – June 1, 2020

June 1, 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 this webinar we will cover:

  • the pandemic’s impact on Brexit and the ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU, and a brief consideration of Brexit’s impact on the UK M&A market
  • the rules relating to childcare during lockdown, including what constitutes “reasonable excuse” for leaving home under the emergency legislation

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 practice groups of Gibson Dunn. He has experience in a wide range of disputes, including commercial litigation, international arbitration and investigations.

Tamas Lorinczy: A senior associate in the Corporate Transactional practice group.  He  has a wide range of corporate transactional and general advisory experience, with a primary focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Charlotte Brown: A senior associate in the Disputes Resolution practice group. She specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, and has significant trial and appellate experience and has practised in a broad range of fields, including financial services, oil and gas, telecoms, insurance, and human rights law.