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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).


Property partner takes on compliance role at Tilneys

FORMER Lace Mawer property partner David Wetherell has moved in-house to run the compliance department of a group of stockbrokers and fund managers. Wetherell, who was a partner at the Manchester firm for four years, has been appointed group compliance officer and company secretary at The Tilney Group. He says he was not looking to […]

Simmons partner faces extradition

SIMMONS & Simmons partner David Sandy is being extradited to New York to face three charges relating to suppressing evidence about the collapsed Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI). The Sandy affair has also led to Simmons & Simmons being replaced by Macfarlanes as solicitors to the BCCI majority shareholders in Abu Dhabi, after […]

Six months jail after Graham conviction

LONDON solicitor Hemamali Graham was last week sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of attempting to obtain property by deception. Judge Jeremy Fordham, who sentenced Graham at the Inner London Crown Court last Monday, said that she had “deliberately and dishonestly” made a false mortgage application to the Yorkshire Building Society in […]

Dinner ladies 'victims of discrimination'

NORTH Yorkshire County Council discriminated against three dinner ladies by refusing to pay them salaries on a par with male counterparts, the House of Lords ruled last week. The women, who won their appeal before Lords Slynn, Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Nicholls and Steyn, were chosen by their union Unison as test cases for 1,300 colleagues who […]

Two cheers for democracy

While British lawyers spent this month’s American Bar Association (ABA) conference forging contacts and drumming up business, their American colleagues spent much of their time debating euthanasia. And when they weren’t discussing physician-assisted suicide, they were grappling with a host of other social issues. It all left the Brits a tad bemused. As one senior […]

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