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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).


Mills & Reeve plans to merge with Martineaus

Mills & Reeve, East Anglia’s biggest law firm, is planning to merge with Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson. Mills & Reeve managing partner Duncan Ogilvy confirms that the two firms are talking to each other. “Martineau Johnson is one of the premier business law firms in the region, so they are logical people for us to […]

A&O targets sexual harassment at work

The head of employment at Allen & Overy is joining forces with a group of barristers to start a mediation business handling sexual harassment cases. Mark Mansell is working with five employment law barristers – all trained mediators – to set up the new company, which is called Workplace Mediation Services. Allen & Overy will […]

Debevoise consolidates London and Paris bases

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton is integrating its European operations by bringing its London and Paris offices under the sole leadership of new managing partner Jim Kiernan. Kiernan, who has headed the Paris practice for 12 years, will be based in London when he takes over as head of the joint offices in December. He […]


Mary Atkins, also known as Mary Fulton, is suing Martin St Clair, Dale Wiltcher, Michael Wheeler, and Simon Steel-Carr Robinson, partners in solicitors firm Stops & Burton, whose last known place of business was in Daventry, for damages for alleged breach of contract. Atkins is claiming £516,000 after allegedly lending the partners £484,000 in June […]

Litigator's View

The huge public interest in the outcome of Watson v British Boxing Board of Control is not surprising. After all, more than 12 million people in the UK alone watched the events which led to the case unfold on live television. Shortly after the referee stopped the fight between Chris Eubank and Michael Watson in […]

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