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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).


Corus Group legal head O'Neill in shock departure

FTSE 100 company Corus Group is seeking a new head of legal after the abrupt departure of Margaret O’Neill. O’Neill spent 15 years at the company and was the group’s director of corporate legal services. Her departure is shrouded in mystery, with colleagues unclear about her future plans.Corus, formerly British Steel, is one of the […]

The a-z of new media: j

Jack in: To log on to a machine or connect to a network and enter a virtual-reality simulation. It is derived from cyberpunk literature where characters literately connected their brains to a computer via electrodes.Java: A programming language designed for use on the internet. It was designed to enable the programming of applications that work […]

Men thin on ground at Latimer Hinks

Darlington firm Latimer Hinks has run short of male lawyers. The firm hit local headlines when it was revealed that it has been employing only female fee-earners. For the past 18 months male lawyers have been hard to come by. Out of a fee-earning contingent of 10, the trusts and probate department has only a […]

Barlow Lyde scoops two clients on Lloyd's buyouts

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has won two new clients and is advising on five separate offers to buy out Lloyd’s syndicates.The firm has won its first instructions from both Limit and Safeco and is also acting for Brit on the acquisition of an aggregate capacity of £219m on Lloyd’s syndicates 79, 556, and 1,036 for […]

McDermotts breaks mould with PwC accountant hire

US firm McDermott Will & Emery is breaking new ground by taking on a senior tax partner from accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The appointment of Guy Madewell is believed to be the first time that an accountant has joined a law firm in the City as a senior member of a tax department. While he cannot […]

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