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Why is Bioconstruct v Winspear of interest? Transactions and legal documents are often completed in the absence of authorised signatories, with pre-signed pages sometimes still being affixed to facilitate completion where parties and signatories are not all in the same room.  In some cases, the documents in question may have been altered or amended in […]

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance to help food businesses in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance has been produced in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and covers a range of topics including good hygiene practice, managing employee absences and social distancing in specific food […]

COVID 19 Cyprus Law Resource Center

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) represents one of the most serious public health crises of the recent decades and is causing major disruptions and unprecedented volatility in markets, economies and businesses throughout Cyprus.  Cyprus businesses and investors across industries are facing various challenges and issues, some of which require urgent legal advice. We […]

Exceptional measures implemented by Luxembourg tax authorities to support taxpayers during COVID-19 crisis

On 17 March 2020, the Luxembourg tax administration issued an official newsletter on their website (impotsdirects.public.lu) stating that taxpayers, individuals or companies undergoing cash flow issues due to the coronavirus pandemic and who are taxed on commercial or agricultural and forestry profits, and taxpayers who are independent professionals can request: the cancellation or reduction of […]

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