Media lawyers explain Government coronavirus support

Media law firm Wiggin LLP answers questions on the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Ceri Stoner and Seth Roe of Wiggin LLP take you through the ins and outs of the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employers - and employees. The session explains the policy rationale behind the scheme, the fundamentals of furloughing, how it operates, who is eligible and exactly what can be claimed. Ceri and Seth also provide insights into some of the trickier aspects of the scheme and share their experience of its application in practice to the TV and film sector.

Please also see Further updates to the Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme - what you need to know (published by Wiggin LLP Monday 27 April, 2020).

Further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – what you need to know


Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Ceri and Seth also explain the recently announced Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS), created as a result of significant pressure to support the many self-employed freelancers in the UK. They explain how the scheme works and who is expected to benefit. Whilst SEISS will provide a lifeline for many, this is unchartered territory and the scheme’s design means that some freelancers will fall short of the criteria. Ceri and Seth explore the detail of requirements and what options are available for those who aren’t eligible.

Ask Ceri and Seth a question

Ceri and Seth will be putting together a list of answers to the questions most frequently asked by screen industry professionals.  If you would like to ask them about either the Corona Virus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, please:

ScreenSkills will publish anonymous answers to your most frequently questions on its website on Wednesday 6 May, 2020.

About the seminars

This programme was supported by the BFI awarding National Lottery funds as part of the Future Film Skills programme and by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions.


These seminars were recorded on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April 2020 and are for general information purposes for ScreenSkills viewers only. This information is not to be distributed more widely. It is not addressed to any specific parties and does not constitute advice (legal or otherwise) to any person. The application of the Treasury’s Direction and HMRC’s associated guidance relating to the Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme can be complicated. Viewers should be aware that these rules are subject to ongoing revisions by the UK government and HMRC and therefore cannot be considered as finalised at the time of recording. ScreenSkills, panel participants and Wiggin LLP do not accept any ongoing responsibility for updating this recording in line with the latest legislation, regulations, guidance or case law after the date of the original recording. Furthermore, please note that ScreenSkills, panel participants (and their organisations) do not accept any liability in any circumstances to any other parties for any losses arising in relation to any actions, inactions or determinations made in relation to this seminar. We recommend that anyone with any specific concerns or questions seek up to date advice in respect of their particular circumstances.

Back to news