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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).


Advocacy course

A Practical Advocacy course for young advocates and solicitors will be held on 8 April at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Organised by Fleet Street agency Legal Practice clerks, the day offers intensive training on subjects from mortgage possession hearings to immigration tribunals. Call 0171 404 7579 for details.

The Lawyer Inquiry: Greg Leyshon

Greg Leyshon was born in Pontypridd, Wales in 1968. He is a corporate finance associate at Osborne Clarke. What was your first job? Part-time frozen food assistant at Tescos. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £12,500. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Fly half for Wales. Which […]

Law Soc secretly halves maternity practising fee

The Law Society has halved the practising certificate fee for women on maternity leave – without telling its women members. Judith Willis, chair of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS), said she welcomed the reform, which was approved by the council this July, but added: “I am disappointed that the Law Society has not seen […]

Revenue and LCD use fraud trial as scanning test bed

By Elizabeth Davidson. THE Inland Revenue and the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) are using a complex fraud case at Southwark Crown Court in London to pilot scanning technology. Prosecutors have been scanning paper copies of transcripts and witness statements onto laptop hard disks since the case began on 7 September. Pilot manager Jonathan Epelle, of […]

Legal panels face rationalisation following insurers' merger

Insurance law firms will be awaiting the outcome of the latest major shake-up in the insurance industry the £15bn Commercial Union and General Accident merger with great trepidation. Firms known to act for Commercial Union on the insurance side include Berrymans Lace Mawer, Hugh James and Weightmans. General Accident has, in the past, instructed Hammond […]

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