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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).


Square Mile

WILL 1999 be the year of City law firm mergers? I think not. To begin with, lawyers hate change. Some of the recent rejected merger attempts demonstrate the point. While merger was strongly backed by “management”, the partners just would not vote for change. This was not based on strategy, it was simply a “no” […]

Vive l'anglais simple

What moaning minnies Crown Prosecution Service lawyers must be. The article, “Crown Prosecutors threaten action over discrimination” (The Lawyer, 1 February) states that lawyers passed over for interview for the new chief crown prosecutor jobs are threatening legal action. They feel discriminated against because internal performance markings were used in sifting through application forms. What […]

Will Diageo's next legal skipper alter course?

IT IS all change at Diageo. The drinks giant has spent the last year-and-a-half consolidating following the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan (Grand Met) in 1997. It has sold a number of surplus US brands, its top directors are leaving, and the legal department is feeling the wind of change. As reported last week […]

Northern exposure

The North West’s legal lonely hearts club just gets bigger by the day. Liverpool insurance giant Weightmans, and Manchester’s personal injury specialist Donns Solicitors are just two of the firms who have been caught whispering sweet somethings into the ears of opponents, in the hope of striking a deep and financially meaningful relationship. Meanwhile, half-competent […]

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 […]

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