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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).


Quote of the week

“I like the picture. I thought, God, that’s gorgeous – it can’t be me. When I’m long gone his work’s still going to be remembered. But I also like the intellectual challenge of law and politics.” – Bristol lawyer and Labour councillor for Bath and North East Somerset Marilyn Hawkings on her feelings after posing […]

Weil Gotshal & Manges advises on CDO

Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised on the first wholly euro-denominated collateralised debt obligation (CDO). The US firm’s London office worked with investment bank Morgan Stanley to structure Eurocredit, a holding company for assets of euro416.5m (£268.7m) of high-yield bonds, leveraged loans and mezzanine debt. Weil Gotshal capital markets partner Erica Handling says the variety […]

US lawyers seek global PI network

The American Trial Lawyers Association is setting up a committee to promote international links between personal injury organisations. John Pickering, head of personal injury at Irwin Mitchell, will head the committee with Martin Blake, of San Francisco personal injury firm Baum & Blake. Pickering says: “The committee is about establishing communication on the emerging international […]

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 […]

DoE awards Dibbs PFI contracts

Dibb Lupton Alsop is masterminding PFI projects for the Department of Education (DoE) in Northern Ireland. The firm has advised the DoE on a PFI-funded school in Dungannon, plus the provision of accommodation and services at a college in Londonderry. Four other PFI projects in the province are in the pipeline, all of which will […]

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