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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).


An equitable ruling?

Sir Richard Scott’s ruling that Equitable Life’s directors acted lawfully when setting discretionary payouts may be good law, but it is not necessarily good for policy holders or the insurance business. Scott found that the directors had acted within their powers but pointed out that Equitable Life had done little to tell policyholders of the […]

Minding the language

The battle for Allied Domecq (see War Story pages 22-23) turned on an unfortunate comment by Whitbread’s chief executive, the fallout from which was that Whitbread lost the battle. In some sectors Whitbread’s adviser Clifford Chance became the scapegoat. Such criticisms are obviously unfair but they highlight a problem for firms. A law firm’s role […]

Punders partners to get 50 per cent pay rise

The merger between Clifford Chance and Punder Volhard Weber Axster will result in a 50 per cent pay rise for the German partners, The Lawyer can reveal. Punders’ profits per partner are understood to be around £400,000 – two-thirds of Clifford Chance partners’ earnings. But once the merger is complete all profits will be split […]

Clifford Chance loses Chinese partner to Jones Day

US firm, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has roped in former Clifford Chance partner, Winston Zhao to help set up the firm’s new Shanghai office. Zhoa joins Jones Day from Clifford Chance’s Shanghai practice – the first international law firm to open up in that city in 1993 when the Chinese Ministry of Justice relaxed […]

It's been a good week for…

Media hype. PR supremo Max Clifford is masterminding a media campaign for Norfolk farmer Tony Martin, who stands accused of murdering a 16-year-old youth who he suspected of burgling his house. Clifford is working free of charge because he supports Martin’s cause, and says he has been approached by solicitors “hundreds of times” to work […]

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