The Legacy of Lockdown: Making law and policy post COVID-19

The global public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 led to governments around the world taking unprecedented steps to intervene in their national economies and to restrict the freedoms of their citizens and businesses in ways that would have been unthinkable previously.

Our Public Law and Policy team has looked back at four features of the UK Government's response to the crisis that suggest possible long-term impacts in terms of the way the UK Government will interact with businesses and the economy post COVID-19, and the interplay between law and policy post COVID-19:

  • Flexibility, ambiguity and a scrutiny gap
  • A changing machinery of Government
  • Regional fragmentation in the regulation of business
  • A more muscular industrial and investment strategy?

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