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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).


Building on past experience

Liz Taylor discusses whether another property boom could see a new flood of claims against conveyancing solicitors. Liz Taylor heads the professional indemnity team at James Chapman & Co. The explosion in professional negligence claims that followed the collapse of the property market in the late 1980s was driven by lending institutions attempting to recover […]

Nicholas Yell on wives' reliance on an O'Brien defence. Nicholas Yell is a barrister at 1 Serjeants' Inn, the chambers of Edward Faulks QC.

ON 31 July in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justices Stuart-Smith, Millett and Morritt gave a seminal judgm- ent on wives’ entitlement to rely upon Barclays Bank v O’Brien defences, in particular when previously advised by a solicitor (Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge). Eight appeals were considered and the outcome shows the difficulty for […]

Lawyers at play

Cambridge’s Hewitson Becke & Shaw sponsored the Hornet Moth Air Race at Woburn Abbey’s recent 19th International Moth Rally. Partner Tim Richards presented the trophy to winner, Mark Miller, who won in a 1936 de Havilland Hornet Moth biplane.

US victory fuels Jewish victims' hope

The settlement in the US by Swiss banks to compensate wartime Jews could fuel action in the UK, reports James Boxell. The billion-dollar legal action in the US brought by 31,000 Holocaust survivors and their relatives against several Swiss banks has finally been brought to a close. The $1.25bn (£800m) settlement agreed by Union Bank […]

An annus mirabilis

Champagne corks are popping for those firms posting record profits, but Philip Hoult and Robert Lindsay wonder whether a hangover is in the offing. Law firms will look back on the 1997/1998 financial year as a halcyon period. Amazingly, nearly every firm in The Lawyer Top 50 broke its record for both turnover and profitability. […]

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