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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).


Chaos reigns as Revenue gets partners' tax wrong

LAW FIRM partners are receiving demands for tax they have already paid, while others are being credited with huge repayments not owed to them. The chaos is due to the Inland Revenue’s inability to deal with partnerships’ tax returns as part of the mass of work created by the 31 January self-assessment deadline. Partnerships can […]

Canary Wharf's u2.6bn bonanza for City firms

LEGAL history seems to be turning full circle at Canary Wharf – the 85-acre site east of the City – as Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance prepare for its unique u2.6bn flotation. City firms such as Ashurst Morris Crisp, Lovell White Durrant and Slaughter and May have made a good profit out of Canary […]

The word of God is law

While many Americans vilified Kenneth Starr as an over-zealous witch hunter, faculty members at Pepperdine University School of Law, California, courted him to be their dean. Students and professors at Pepperdine, who come from the same Christian legal world as Starr, say he would have been a perfect choice to carry out the school’s religious […]

Lawyers launch appeal as Lowry gets nine years

British law professor David Lowry plans to appeal to the Portuguese Supreme Court after being sentenced to nine years in prison on fraud and forgery charges. Lowry’s friends and law-yers were shocked at the verdict last Friday. They said Portuguese authorities failed to understand the international financial market, and were making an example of him. […]

SIF debacle threatens Law Society's future

At first people got angry. Then they started to laugh. Now they are getting hysterical and turning to the law to try and get their own way. The row over the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has had more twists, turns, victims and villains than a John Grisham novel. We only wish it was even half […]

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