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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).


Scottish MDPs still under review

I refer to John Thompson’s letter in (The Lawyer, 31 January). As a current member and former president of the Law Society of Scotland, I was not surprised to learn that my own Law Society had apparently agreed with the CCBE ban on MDPs, but I was disappointed that it should be so. The Law […]


.It is well known that going to court can drive you mad. These days, legal reporters can’t walk down the street without people thrusting files of papers at them. You long to tell these litigants to accept defeat and cut their losses. But it’s too late – they’re gripped by an obsession. They speak with […]

The Firm

Internal The Lawyer memo rating The Firm’s chances in last week’s The Lawyer Marketing Awards. The Firm has entered three categories. Senior partner Jack Pratchard even suggests we include a new award – best canapes. He writes: “Mrs Pratchard’s cheddar scones are fabulous. At functions, Mr Henderson also seems to serve up a secret stash […]

B&M poaches German partner for Dusseldorf

Global law firm Baker & McKenzie has poached a German M&A partner from a rival firm and launched a recruitment drive in London to boost the German practice. Bernd Mayer is joining the firm’s Dusseldorf office from niche M&A local practice Velten Franz Mayer & Jakoby, which he jointly founded in 1997. He will bring […]

Stephen Ball quits Nomura

He was in charge of over 100 staff around the world overseeing legal, compliance, transaction management and audit issues worldwide. He was also a member of the board of directors and executive committee which Nomura. He has been with Nomura for three years and practised law in the united Stases with Linklaters, Asia-Pacific and Europe […]

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