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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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A High Court judge, giving his verdict in the latest spat between mining company Vale and BSG Resources, has criticised litigants and their advisers for adopting a “needlessly antagonistic” stance in disputes. Master Davison made the comments after dismissing an application made by former BSG director Dag Lars Cramer against a Part 71 Order requested […]

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Legal challenge over UK lockdown gets go-ahead at Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has said that a judicial review brought against the UK Government’s lockdown rules highlights ‘fundamental’ concerns over the accountability of ministers. Businessman Simon Dolan instructed Wedlake Bell in May, and then issued legal proceedings against the UK Government, Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care and Gavin […]

HSF makes use of historical data for new litigation pricing tool

After two years of fine-tuning, Herbert Smith Freehills is now finally able to roll out its in-house pricing tool that will help clients calculate the cost of embarking on a piece of litigation. Available to the firm’s UK-based litigators working on commercial matters in the English courts, HSF Jigsaw uses machine learning technology to provide […]

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Orrick Hong Kong chief joins K&L Gates as office closes

Five funds and corporate lawyers have joined K&L Gates’ Hong Kong office as Orrick’s Hong Kong base shuts its doors. The team moving to K&L Gates is led by Orrick Hong Kong funds partners Sook Young Yeu and Scott Peterman. Of counsel William Ho has also joined K&L Gates as a partner, along with two […]

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