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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).


In brief: ICS abandons £51m mortgage scam action

The Investors Compensation Scheme (ICS) has abandoned its legal action against 200 law firms for their involvement in a mortgage scandal which resulted in the ICS having to pay £51m compensation to investors – after settling its dispute with the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) on mutually satisfactory terms.

Couderts hires Holman Fenwick litigator

COUDERT BROTHERS has taken litigation partner Bridget Wheeler from Holman Fenwick & Willan and so ended a six-month search for a head of litigation for its London office. Couderts’ London managing partner Philip Burroughs said that Wheeler’s appointment “was just the start of us developing a significant litigation capability”. Until now, the firm had only […]

Dispute over use of flats

Alleged breaches of planning consent in relation to occupancy of two leasehold flats in Chelsea is to go to the House of Lords. Kensington and Chelsea Council claim that Lawrie Plantation Services has allowed employees to use the flats for short-stay visits to London and in doing so has breached conditions prohibiting use of the […]

Judge attacks barristers without law degrees

A HIGH Court judge has launched a fierce attack on the practice of letting barristers without law degrees “loose on the public” after taking an “elementary” conversion course and a one-year Bar course. Delivering the Chancery Bar Association’s spring lecture – during which he also attacked the “extravagant” fees charged by some leading QCs – […]

Great Scott? Not quite, but showing promise

Veronica Cowan on the Bar Council lay complaints commissioner’s first year in office. Veronica Cowan is a barrister and freelance journalist. The public might perceive Michael Scott CB, CBE, DSO as typical of an appointment by the Bar Council. The Bar’s lay complaints commissioner is the public school-educated son of a colonel. He boasts manners […]

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