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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: Law Society unveils legal aid roadshows

The Law Society has announced the dates for a series of regional roadshows to discuss the legal aid reforms: Birmingham (25 November), London (30 November), Bristol (1 December), Newcastle (3 December), Leeds (7 December), Manchester (8 December) and Cardiff (10 December). For more details ring 0171 242 1222 and ask for the legal aid policy […]

Lawyers beware – Ol' Red Eyes is back

Chris Fogarty reports on the likely victims of the legal cull that will be inflicted on the profession following this month’s Queen’s Speech. The Government has one major problem with lawyers. Lawyers see themselves as a profession. The Government sees the law as a business. A senior government source has told The Lawyer that for […]

Money men will do Year 2000 job

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. Andrew Clay is right to highlight the Government’s failure to force businesses to become millennium compliant (The Lawyer, 20 October). Indeed the position is much worse. The two bills to which he refers – […]

David Calvert-Smith:The QC who dared to be DPP

David Calvert-Smith QC is risking all to become the new Director of Public Prosecutions. John Malpas finds out whether Michael Beloff QC’s one-time fag is cut out for the toughest job in the profession. Everyone at the criminal Bar is asking the same question: What on earth prompted David Calvert-Smith QC to take on the […]

Knight puts tunnel project back on track

Bill Knight of Simmons & Simmons is leading a legal team which claims to have saved the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project from disaster. His team of up to 48 lawyers created structural and financial solutions over the summer that will allow Railtrack, a long-standing client, to acquire a stake in CTRL after it […]

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