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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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Blake Dawson’s Wikipedia page hijacked

Australian firm Blake Dawson has had its Wikipedia page invaded with an unknown contributor adding details of the firm’s job cuts to the online encyclopedia. The entry to the reader-written webpage said that the firm’s partnership was looking to cut up to 100 staff “in a bid to slash costs and preserve profit”. The entry […]

HR & Training Special Report: Learning verve

Learning and development teams arguably become even more important for law firms during a downturn as lawyers’ skill sets have to become more transferable. Patrick McCann and Dorothea Bannerman-Bruce reveal 10 steps to achieve effectiveness. When income levels in law firms threaten to drop, management teams scrutinise ;areas ;of ­discretionary spend, including learning and development […]

Stanford receiver calls on Camerons

CMS Cameron McKenna is advising the receivers of two Antiguan companies owned by Texan billionaire Allen Stanford. The Financial Services ­Regulatory Commission of Antigua and Barbuda called in Vantis client partners Nigel Hamilton-Smith and Peter Wastell as joint receivers of Stanford International Bank and Stanford Trust Company last week. Vantis has appointed Camerons banking partner […]

Trowers axes four real estate positions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy ­consultation with fee-­earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales ­market, with three in ­Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. Those working on plot sales in the firm’s larger ­London […]

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Maitland wins fraud case for pub chain JD Wetherspoon

Catherine Newman QC of Maitland Chambers has won a High Court victory on behalf of JD Wetherspoon (JDW). Catherine Newman The pub chain accused its former property advisor Van de Berg (VdB), and VdB’s managing director Christian Braun, of fraud during the 16 years it worked with the company. During that time JDW paid the […]

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