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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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Action to clarify Marine Insurance Act

The murky waters of the Marine Insurance Act may become plain sailing following a court decision, reports Roger Pearson. A judgment in a Court of Appeal action will throw new light on the meaning of important provisions in the 1906 Marine Insurance Act which have never before been the subject of court challenge. Insurance brokers […]

Adapting to change

John Cooper says lawyers are set to benefit in the year ahead as financial institutions revamp their regulatory structures in order to combat fraud. John Cooper is a barrister at 7 Stone Buildings. The lessons to be learnt from such notable crimes as those committed by Nick Leeson and those at BCCI lie in the […]

Legal aid review poses threat to justice

Terry Lee questions the serious implications of Lord Irvine’s vision of a ‘brave new world’ for civil justice and the legal aid system, and deplores the effect it is likely to have on litigation. Terry Lee is a partner at Evill and Coleman. The legal profession has responded with enormous concern to the Lord Chancellor’s […]

Link-up with Singapore firm boosts Sinclair Roche in Asia>

In a move aimed at boosting its Asian practice, Sinclair Roche & Temperley has linked up with Singapore firm Colin Ng & Partners. The firm’s first international alliance will operate alongside Sinclair Roche’s existing Singapore office, which has 10 English-qualified lawyers. It will also give the firm access to Singapore law capability. Under current Singapore […]

In brief: Biggart Baillie hires Miller Hendry partner

Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has appointed Alan Strain as a litigation partner. Strain has joined from Miller Hendry, where he was a partner and head of litigation in its Dundee office. His appointment is part of Biggart Baillie’s development of a specialist construction law unit.

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