Latest Briefings

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).


Case of the week

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (pictured) was cleared of a driving offence at Bury Magistrates Court after offering the lamest excuse ever – he needed the toilet. Sir Alex told the court: “I had to go somewhere quickly.” Sir Alex, represented by Manchester-based sole practitioner Nicholas Freeman, justified driving his BMW up the hard shoulder […]

Pinsents votes on national shake-up

Pinsent Curtis partners are to vote this week on a new national management structure. The 134-partner firm, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds, is looking to unify under a national system, instead of having three independently-run regional offices. It also wants to develop its reputation as a City firm. Birmingham’s head of litigation […]

Threatened Singaporean firms merge

Three Singapore law firms have merged to form a Silicon Valley-style practice specialising in technology-related start-ups. The 20-lawyer firm Arthur Loke Bernard Rada & Lee will help IT entrepreneurs set up their own companies, and will assist in fundraising. Targeting niche areas in this way is partly an attempt to stave off the threat posed […]

Hammonds nets barrister for new advocacy unit

Hammond Suddards is poaching a barrister to head a nationwide advocacy unit that the firm is launching. Patrick Walker is leaving Leeds commercial chambers Chancery House Chambers in November to become director for advocacy at Hammonds. He will initially be overseeing the advocacy training of between 10 and 12 lawyers. But Peter Crossley, head of […]

Council fears explosion risk

Bromsgrove District Council is heading for a High Court showdown in London with a man it accuses of creating the possibility of an explosion by work he has carried out on an old tip in Bromsgrove. The council is to seek court orders banning the man, identified as T O’Neill in the claim, from interfering […]

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