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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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Central Asia legal society takes shape

LAWYERS interested in the expanding markets of the former Soviet Union have taken a further step in setting up a new association. The Central Asia and Trans-caucasia Law Association is the latest in a chain of legal associations now covering Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The group covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and […]

In brief: Tods Murray moves under one roof

Scottish law firm Tods Murray WS is expanding by moving to adjacent offices in Edinburgh’s Queen Street. The move now brings the firm’s office space to almost 24,000 sq ft, comprising four interconnecting buildings. Charles Abram, chair of the firm’s managing board, says the move will put the entire firm under one roof.

Pensioners fight against care withdrawal

Roger Pearson looks ahead The High Court is set for a major test case early next year which will have wide-ranging implications for hard up local authorities. Two Gloucester pensioners are fighting to show that county councils are not entitled to cut off home care services purely because the councils are short of money. They […]

Tale of two countries

I refer to the article in The Lawyer (15 November) regarding the refusal of the (English) Law Society to permit Scottish lawyers to use their firms’ names when practising south of the border, despite the Law Society of Scotland permitting English firms to do just that when setting up branch offices in Scotland. I am […]

TSG backs regional admission ceremony

THE TRAINEE Solicitors’ Group is supporting a proposal to hold admission ceremonies in regional centres as well as at Chancery Lane. The proposal – first raised by Law Society vice-president John Young – has recently been researched by the society. Its head of legal education Nick Saunders says a “prototype ceremony” will be held in […]

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