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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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Solicitors rally for UK pro bono scheme

LEADING solicitors are to gather in London to discuss plans to set up a national solicitors’ pro bono service. The open meeting next month has been organised by leading charity lawyer Andrew Phillips and is backed by the Law Society and the national charity Business in the Community, which coordinates free legal advice to community […]

In brief: Civil Justice Council looking likely

Practitioners and the Law Society scent victory in their push for a Civil Justice Council to implement Lord Woolf’s reforms to the justice system. It is believed Lord Mackay will announce he is prepared to go some way towards implementing such a body during the report stage of the Third Reading of the Civil Procedures […]

In brief: Northern group sticks with men-only club

Manchester Law Society council has voted to continue using a gentlemen’s club which does not admit women as members after a bitterly fought battle by women lawyers to boycott the conference and training venue. President John Potter, who personally wanted to discontinue using the St James’s Club, said those who supported the club argued that […]

German HQ opens

An office to service UK law societies and the German Federal Bar was opened last week by Mario Monti, the European commissioner responsible for the EC establishment directive. Occupied by the organisations since June, it is a “lawyers’ house” representing 150,000 UK and German lawyers – a third of Europe’s lawyers. The office will assist […]

Hammonds wins insolvency ace

Insolvency specialist Tim Pope has been recruited by Hammond Suddards from Dibb Lupton Broomhead, where he was a senior partner. Pope joins partner and national head of Hammonds’ insolvency department Stephen Gale in the London office, which now numbers six licensed insolvency practitioners. According to Pope, the department is still recruiting “but below partner level […]

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