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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).


Firm's new fellowship

Sheffield firm Irwin Mitchell is sponsoring a new research fellowship at the University of Sheffield. The holder of the post – The Irwin Mitchell Research Fellow – will combine research into legal services policy at the university with a training job at the firm.


Field to visit Sierra Leone as IBA rep

London barrister Rory Field has joined the United Nations monitoring team that is travelling to Sierra Leone to witness the trials of 58 people charged with offences allegedly committed during the 10 month coup by the junta that ended in February. Field will act as the International Bar Association representative.

Book of the week

Invisible Women by Angela Devlin. Gives a disturbing account of life in women’s prisons based on interviews with the prisoners themselves. Published by Waterside Press, Winchester.

CC has designs on its offices

CLIFFORD Chance has used three-dimensional “space management” software to plot its office layout. The package is also being used to help the firm pilot a project to set up ten-lawyer “team rooms” at its City premises. The practice is the first UK firm to use Visual Technology’s FM Focus software to work out the best […]

Profits shrink as growth continues

The Lawyer/Pricewaterhouse Coopers1998 survey reveals some worrying trends, say Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall. Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall lead the Pricewaterhouse Coopers professional partnerships’ group and specialise in providing accounting, tax and business consultancy services to law firms. Over recent years, the annual survey has traced the industry’s progress towards improved financial management. This […]

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