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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 04/02/97

Assessing compensation payable by the Law Society (1) R v Law Society, ex parte Mortgage Express; (2) R v Law Society, ex parte Alliance & Leicester Building Society (1997) CA (Lord Bingham CJ, Mummery LJ and Sir Brian Neill) 17/12/96 Summary: Appeal by the Law Society concerning compensation claims by building societies for solicitors’ frauds. […]

A pro bono champion for dogs

Worthing solicitor Trevor Cooper does not own a dog or, come to that, a pet of any sort. “I’m a busy general practitioner going flat out seven days a week and it just wouldn’t be fair to own a pet,” he says. Yet in UK canine circles Cooper’s name is legendary. He has probably saved […]

Survey reveals extent of Aids legal work

The Law Society has refused to authorise a further £95,000 investment in the High Street Starter Kit (HSSK), saying its council must be given the chance to decide on the future of the project first. The council was to discuss the future of the HSSK – one of Law Society president Tony Girling’s flagship projects […]

In brief: Addleshaw Booth & Co opens for business

Newly-merged firm Addleshaw Booth & Co has opened in Leeds and Manchester this week to serve “business right across the North”. The merger between Addleshaw Sons & Latham, based in Manchester, and Booth & Co, based in Leeds, officially started on the first of February, forming a 97-partner firm which retains both regional offices. David […]

Moving minds towards the property market

THE CONCEPT of solicitors running their own estate agents is proving a hard one to sell to high-street practices. An upturn in the housing market, statistics showing that solicitors still control 96 per cent of the conveyancing market, and the fact that establishing a property centre requires the agreement of dozens of firms, time, commitment […]

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