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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).


Ahead in the regions

According to a number of practitioners, the regional PI and medical negligence Bar is “as good as anyone can find and solicitors sometimes come from London for high quality counsel”. The advantage for instructing solicitors is that the local Bar is “just around the corner”. Lawyers are looking for counsel who specialise rather than dabble […]

Law Soc treasurer in SCB rebuke

Three Law Society ex-presidents are to decide whether the society’s treasurer Mike Howells should resign after revelations that he has been “severely rebuked” by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. The SCB found he had failed to furnish a client with adequate professional services and ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation. The issue is threatening to overshadow […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/06/96

Paul William Donovan, 61, admitted 1978, practising at material times as Davies Donovan & Co, Twickenham, struck off and ordered to pay £5,280 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, misappropriated client funds, failed to keep proper accounts. Tribunal told that claims totalling £57,600 so far […]

Leaders of the premier division

Leading solicitors are looking for barristers who can get to grips with medical terminology and have a good bedside manner. The following are considered to have those qualities. This list is not exhaustive and is based on the subjective recommendations of leading PI and medical negligence practitioners. One of the silks mentioned most frequently is […]

Conveyancing conflict part II

I could not let Gerald Funnell’s letter (The Lawyer 4 June) over conflict in conveyancing go unanswered. In reply I would point out: Unless and until the Law Society’s own rules completely restrict solicitors’ ability to act for more than one party in all circumstances, then attempts by the Law Society at persuading the Lord […]

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