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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).


Swift injection of capital

As a growing number of contractors join the rush of private sector businesses trying to get into private finance initiative schemes (PFI), lawyers from construction firms have found themselves thrust into the eye of the storm. This is a more commercial role for the construction lawyer as a natural consequence of the changing business focus […]

Time for the Bar to find middle ground

The Bar’s proposals to smooth the path for solicitors who switch to the Bar are like King Canute’s attempts to stem the tide. Faced with the growing competition of solicitor advocates, what does the Bar Council do? It proposes inviting them to join the Bar. The response – solicitor advocates in general have no interest […]

Suitable codes of conduct for English businesses abroad

Since the 1900s international trade has increased by 70 per cent and even greater levels of growth are expected in the future. As international trade continues to grow, lawyers are likely to be asked more frequently how their clients should react to requests for payments to oil the wheels and secure the contract. But, this […]

Joint venture CD-ROM for construction

Linda Tsang reports ELECTRONIC publishers Context and Building Law Information Subscriber Service (BLISS) have joined forces to put comprehensive information for the construction industry on CD-ROM. BLISS is the construction law information service which developed as the library catalogue of construction consultants James R Knowles. The joint venture will provide digests of legal cases and […]

Election round-up. On the Law Society campaign trail

HENRY HODGE: “Has the experience and the ability to effectively lead the profession, promoting service to the clients and decent remuneration for solicitors.” – Promote a guideline fee structure for conveyancing and proceed with work on defined retainers. – Cut the practice certificate by 10 per cent, promote no-claims bonuses for indemnity funds and penalty […]

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