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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).

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Pension review deadline looms

The Law Society is urging firms which were involved in pensions transfers and opt-outs to ensure they meet the interim end of year deadline to review such cases. The firms are required by the SIB to investigate such cases following the pensions debacle where large numbers of clients were wrongly advised to transfer or opt […]

Set buys space for expansion drive

BARRISTERS’ set 29 Bedford Row has expanded its office space by half through acquiring the lease of its neighbours, Yorkshire Television. The purchase of the lease of 31 Bedford Row was prompted by Yorkshire TV’s decision to abandon its London offices following its merger with Tyne Tees Television and the rationalisation of its London office […]

Cabinet reshuffle spreads load

HOME Secretary Michael Howard has allocated new responsibilities to his ministers, following the appointment of Tom Sackville as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. The department now has five ministers under Howard. Nicholas Baker resigned as Under Secretary of State earlier this year on medical grounds and was replaced by Timothy Kirkhope. Sackville joined the team […]

Behind closed doors: THE CCBe. Divided they stand on Euro legal practice

EACH week while Europe’s legislators debate the pros and cons of a single currency five of the member states’ top lawyers meet by telephone to forecast the future of the union’s legal profession. Since its establishment 35 years ago the five-member presidency of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) […]

Up-to-date legal CD

Helen Sage reports Legal publisher Sweet & Maxwell is releasing current legal information on CD-ROM Online. The database, which will be updated every month, contains abstracts and indexes for cases, statutes, journals, books, press releases, law commission reports and newspaper articles from 1986 to the present. Database searches can be general or specific, and can […]

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