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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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In brief: Merger for Sussex firms

Sussex law firms Wynne Baxter Godfree and Lewis Holman & Lawrence have announced their merger. The combined Lewes and Uckfield firm, which will practice under the name of Wynne Baxter Godfree incorporating Lewis Holman & Lawrence, will be headed by Wynnes senior partner Martin Costin. Lewis Holman senior partner Maureen Samuels becomes a consultant.

Damages for whisky shipment

A row between whisky manufacturers William Grant and Sons and Lloyd’s underwriters is heading for the High Court. Grants is seeking damages after losing almost £2 million on a contract to ship whisky to Iraq. After it shipped whisky worth £1,400,950 to Iraq in 1988, the Revolutionary Command Council of the Republic of Iraq banned […]

LAB set to have say on Green Paper

THE LEGAL AID Board is planning to unveil its eagerly awaited response to Lord Mackay’s reform Green Paper next week. The board’s response will form a key stage of the reform process as it will contain details of how the board thinks plans for cash limited block contracts can be delivered. Last month, chief executive […]

Management a 'bore' in North-west

SOLICITORS in the North-west of England enjoy fee earning work but are not too excited about practice management. They work hard, on average 40 and 50 hours a week, and the majority earn between £25,000 and £50,000. The findings form part of a major survey of lawyers’ working lives by chartered accountants Gruber Levinson Franks. […]

Scots appointments break legal ground

A RESHUFFLE among Scotland’s top legal figures is believed to have set a couple of professional records. The appointments include what is believed to be the first former solicitor to become Lord Advocate, the Government’s ultimate source of legal advice for Scotland. Newly-appointed Lord Advocate Donald Mackay qualified as a solicitor in 1971 and practised […]

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