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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).


Law Society backs tenants over claims

TENANTS fighting disrepair cases should be exempted from January’s increase in the small claims limit to £3,000, says the Law Society. The Lord Chancellor’s decision to increase the limit in line with Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice report has met with lukewarm response from Chancery Lane. Suzanne Burn, secretary of the civil litigation committee, said […]

New look for council body

THE body which represents secretaries of district and unitary councils has changed its name to reflect the legal discipline of many of its members. The Association of District Secretaries became the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) at last month’s annual meeting. Spokesman Mark Winstanley said the change was to clarify ACSeS’ identity as […]

Court order plan faces funding row

MAGISTRATES decide this week whether to mount a legal challenge to the Lord Chancellor and Home Secretary over a plan to pass the job of enforcing court orders from police to magistrates courts. They say severe underfunding will limit courts’ ability to enforce orders and fines. Duncan Webster, general secretary of the Central Council of […]

Mears supports pro-life prize

A STUDENT essay competition run by an anti-abortion lawyers group is to receive the Law Society president’s endorsement. Martin Mears has promised to give his public support to the annual competition run by the Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn. But he has pledged not to turn the highly controversial anti-abortion issue […]

First triumph for no win no fee

A SWANSEA firm has claimed a conditional fees first with the successful completion of a trial on a no win no fee basis. John Collins & Partners believes it made history when Swansea County Court found in favour of its client in a dispute over liability following a car accident. The client, a self-employed carpenter, […]

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