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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.

HMRC estate administration investigations

An article in the mainstream press has noted that HM Revenue & Customs has taken an additional £274m in inheritance tax (IHT) from its investigations into 5,638 estate administrations in the 2019/20 year. This is the highest in over 4 years and equates to an additional £48,500 of IHT for each estate which has been investigated.

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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).


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UK government’s panel firms given two-year vote of confidence

The UK Government’s legal advice panel has been extended for another two years, retaining the same line up of firms agreed in 2017. In 2017, the panel was cut by 60 per cent after a year-long review of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) panel, which had 48 listed firms on eight different lots. These lots had […]

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Mishcon called in on high-risk bond company collapse

Mishcon de Reya has been called in to advise the joint administrators of high-risk bond company London Capital & Finance. Seasoned dispute resolution partner Mike Stubbs is to work on the administration alongside a team of other Mishcon lawyers. The company has appointed Finbarr O’Connell, Adam Stephens, Henry Shinners and Colin Hardman of Smith and […]

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Legal action likely from Fidal as KPMG mounts 145-lawyer raid to bulk up in Paris

France’s largest firm Fidal has condemned KPMG’s aggressive poaching of its 145 lawyers in Paris as “unacceptable behaviour” and will not rule out the possibility of taking legal action against the Big Four accountancy firm. In a move that has sent shock-waves across the legal services sector in France, a total of 145 lawyers, including […]

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