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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).


Euro disabled solicitors group established

Disabled UK lawyers are to set up a pan-European pressure group following foreign support for the Law Society’s Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (GSD). GSD member David Ruebain, a solicitor at David Levene & Co, said the new group would be called the European Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (EGSD). He added that it was […]

Seconds out for domestic violence

Roger Pearson reports on the importance of keeping within time limits when working on breaches of the Domestic Violence Act. A recent ruling by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, highlights the need for swift action when arrests are made for breaches of court orders under the Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act. Lawyers […]

Libel ruling challenged

The Law Lords are considering moves by journalists Allan Piper and Clive Wolman, along with Associated Newspapers, to challenge an Appeal Court ruling striking out paragraphs of their defence to a libel claim in respect of a Mail on Sunday article. The question raised is one of great importance in journalistic circles, namely what can […]

A&O replies to Co-op's query on Galileo's bid

Allen & Overy senior partner Bill Tudor John has written to the Co-op in reply to queries over the firm’s role in the Regan takeover bid. Hambros, Regan’s financial advisers, and Travers Smith Braithwaite, Regan’s lawyers, have both publicly apologised to the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) for their role in the bid, during the course […]

Stalker act is “privacy law”, says barrister

A law aimed at preventing stalkers tailing their victims is a privacy act in disguise which could used by celebrities, royalty and crooks, according to a Newcastle barrister and former Bar Council member. Neil Addison said the Protection From Harassment Act 1997, which is expected to come into force next month, will have a far […]

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