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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).

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Putting a price on "residual stigma'

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LCD refuses to disclose cost of QC inquiry counsel

Despite its policy of naming and shaming high-earning legal aid barristers, the Lord Chancellor’s department (LCD) is refusing to reveal how much taxpayers’ money it paid to Nigel Pleming QC, its counsel in the House of Lords inquiry into the fees of four top silks. During the inquiry it was Pleming who exposed the details […]

Let us get to grips with the vital issues

Michael Mathews wants to see a fairer legal system for all. In the forthcoming Law Society elections, he and running mate Robert Sayer are seeking a mandate for modernisation. Michael Mathews is vice-president of the Law Society and a partner at Clifford Chance. I want to see a Law Society which meets the needs of […]

Law Society elections. Electing on policy or personality?

The challengers: if Michael Napier and David McIntosh are elected, they plan to take on the Government – not the Law Society. It costs the Law Society £100,000 to hold an election for each of the three presidential offices. For this reason, in the eyes of some members of the profession, anyone forcing a vote […]

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