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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).


Havens fear taxing times

As Britain ponders whether to join a single European currency, a small island in the north Irish Sea is threatening to sever its links with Britain and go it alone. The Isle of Man is trembling at suggestions of pan-European tax harmonisation and a single currency and has started to draw up a contingency plan […]

Consultancy report slams ombudsman complaint system

MOST people who have their complaints investigated by the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman (OLSO) are dissatisfied with the service they get, a damning new report reveals. The research, commissioned by Legal Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham, says that “delay is inherent in the current system and so is dissatisfaction”. The OLSO service is also […]

Gold slams City profits

RENOWNED solicitor Tony Gold has used his retirement speech to launch a scathing attack on City lawyers, who, he says, are behaving increasingly like ruthless businessmen obsessed by profits. Gold, founding partner of London firm Anthony Gold Lerman & Muirhead, says he is dismayed at the stratospheric salaries earned by commercial solicitors. He says the […]

Barristers form global lobby to protect rights of children

High-profile barristers have joined forces to form an international lobbying group for children. Supported by 10 silks – including Cherie Booth QC and former Bar Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC – and several barristers, the Bar Committee on the Rights of the Child will campaign around the world. “We want the voice of the Bar […]


Hammond Suddards acted for the Mirror Group in the sale of its former head office in Holborn for £31m and £9m in debt. Property partner Gary Watson led the Hammond Suddards team which included partners Tony Poole and Mark Simpson. Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the purchaser with a team led by partners Martin Wright […]

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