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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).


Thwaites to launch own set

Defamation silk Ronald Thwaites QC is quitting 10 King’s Bench Walk to launch a new chambers. Thwaites is planning to take the set’s senior clerk Chris Drury as chambers director and hopes to be joined by about 12 civil practitioners from his set and other chambers. Thwaites says: “I have come out to give notice […]

Splitting services

The notion that top flight firms will change their full-service ethic on the whim of a Dutch lawyer is absurd. But the logic of Ralph Kroner’s argument and the support his speech gained from the world’s largest practice (see pages 16-17) serves as a wake-up call to complacent firms which think they have got their […]


Eversheds advised the College of Law on the development of its new centre in Birmingham. The new college will house 500 law graduates. Property partner Adrian Bland acted on the deal with assistance from property solicitor Anne Clark.

Panama Canal lawyer joins Akin Gump

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Washington DC office is taking on the outgoing deputy administrator of the Panama Canal Commission. Joseph Cornelison is joining the firm as senior counsel to advise clients on business opportunities in Latin America, with the emphasis on Panama. He will also advise on maritime law, infrastructure development, […]

Kangaroo Courting

Australian firms are turning their backs on organic growth and taking to the catwalk to find global suitors. Abigail Townsend talks to players undergoing the makeover magic required to woo the perfect match. The Australian legal market has traditionally been ignored by the rest of the world. Not quite part of Asia, too distant from […]

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