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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).


Lockley: Spearheads review

“THE Need to do better in getting over our message to the profession,” is cited by Law Society secretary general John Hayes as a key reason for the Chancery Lane administrative shake-up. But Council member Martin Mears, the anti-Chancery Lane presidential candidate, is unimpressed. “It’s a mere bureaucratic reshuffle without any significance whatsoever,” he says. […]

Fidelity targets firms

Fidelity Brokerage, part of the Fidelity Investments group, is targeting law firm investment departments with its expanded dealing and settlement services. It has introduced commission-sharing on dealing commissions and four grades of service levels for portfolio administration, including nominee accounts, annual composite tax voucher, money market account, with half-yearly or quarterly valuation and reporting.

Take the tax advantage

Jim Eberwein A combination of an offshore investment with trusts can produce substantial tax savings for any well advised UK resident domiciled investor. There are different types of offshore investment but for efficient tax planning purposes the offshore insurance bond is the vehicle for sheltering income and capital gains. The insurance bond is tax efficient […]

All aboard the career express

Congratulations! You have completed your academic training and are set to embark on professional practice. But a word of caution for the naively optimistic – success at one does not guarantee success at the other. Assuming similar backgrounds and capabilities, some candidates will shoot straight to the top, leaving colleagues far behind. This is because […]

Apil issues battle-cry against tariff compensation scheme

A CALL to arms has gone out to personal injury lawyers to help defeat the expected bill reintroducing the Government’s controversial tariff compensation scheme. A letter sent out to all 1,900 members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) urges them to lobby their MPs on the injustices of the tariff system. Although Home […]

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