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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).


Morgan Cole snaps up insurance panel colleague CIP Solicitors

Thames Valley firm ­Morgan Cole has taken over Bristol-based insurance boutique CIP Solicitors, which has four partners and 75 staff. The acquisition will strengthen Morgan Cole’s insurance capacity to around 30 per cent of the firm’s turnover and quadruple the size of its Bristol office. CIP partner Richard ­Ottley said: “Our clients are predominantly insurers […]

Romania Special Report: Late expectations

After 10 years of economic growth, international firms have finally started to flock to Romania. But with the global downturn beginning to have an effect, have they arrived too late? Romania has certainly made its fair share of headlines in the international legal press over the past 12 months. In the period before and after […]


Northern Rock shareholders “deprived of their property”, court told

Northern Rock shareholders were deprived of their property when the Government nationalised the stricken bank last year, Blackstone Chambers’ Lord David Pannick QC told a court today. Instructed by White & Case partner John Reynolds and representing hedge fund SRM Capital, Northern Rock’s largest shareholder at the time it was nationalised, Pannick told the Administrative […]

PwC enlists Hammonds on Adams collapse

The administrators for ailing retail chain Adams Childrenswear have appointed Hammonds as legal counsel. The administrators for ailing retail chain Adams Childrenswear ;have appointed Hammonds as legal counsel. The company was put into administration on 31 December and has already closed 111 of its 271 UK stores, resulting in around 850 job losses. Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) […]


Sir Nigel Knowles: Knight exemplar

He has transformed his firm from a virtually unknown Sheffield player into a truly international heavyweight – and now DLA Piper joint CEO Nigel Knowles is officially a knight of the realm after being named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Just don’t call him Sir Nigel.

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