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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).


Essential advocacy for the City litigator

It was recently reported in The Lawyer (26 April) that the commercial bar is in a state of crisis as its work is drying up. That is, of course, partly due to streamlining effected by the civil procedure reforms, but also partly a consequence of solicitors realising they are as capable as barristers of performing […]

Trainee dies in horse race imitation

A TRAINEE barrister has died in a railway accident after imitating the Grand National during post-party revelries. Ben Showell, 23, who was doing his pupillage at St Philip’s chambers in Birmingham, had been participating in a stunt by vaulting fences with the aid of a ladder. It followed a party in Brixton, London, on 10 […]

Tax reforms spell chill wind for transatlantic business

Tax proposals being introduced by the Clinton administration are putting transatlantic transactions on hold and having a “chilling effect” on business, according to a tax lawyer. The US Treasury wants to save more than £4bn over five years by imposing a 25 per cent excise tax on corporate tax shelters used by investment banks and […]

Council flexes its purchasing power

A High Court decision giving the green light for Kingston Upon Thames Borough Council to compulsorily purchase a property which it claimed had been neglected by its owner adds a new dimension to the compulsory purchase powers of local authorities. The decision has raised the question of just how far councils can go in imposing […]


Robin Fulton, formerly a private client partner with Shepherd & Wedderburn WS, has joined Turcan Connell in Edinburgh. Silverbeck Rymer has announced the promotion of three lawyers to partners. The new partners are John Mooney, head of the firm’s claimant motor department, Andrea Lally, head of the defendant department, and Joseph Skinner, head of the […]

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