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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).


In brief: Handbook points to management flaws

Allen & Overy is a major contributor to a new book which offers guidance on how best to manage professional firms. The Professional Partnership Handbook argues that many managing partners “have not always had the opportunity to acquire the range of skills required to run a successful business”. Published by Tolleys, the book tackles human […]

Field opens up as clubs go public

Expansion at the UK’s top football clubs is providing opportunities for law firms. Edge & Ellison advised Caspian, which recently acquired Leeds United for about £50 million. Newcastle United has recruited financial advisers who will consider taking the club public via a stock market flotation. Legal advisers have not yet been officially appointed. Chelsea has […]

Berwins spends on full IT revamp

Alison Laferla reports City firm Berwin Leighton is completely revamping its IT system in an attempt to “leapfrog the competition”. The firm has opted to run on an Intel platform and Microsoft NT, the successor to the MS DOS operating system. The contract for upgrading the IT system, worth over half a million pounds, has […]

N&P legal office broken up

THE SIX-strong legal department of National Provincial Building Society is being broken up in the run up to its takeover by Abbey National. Last week, Eversheds announced it had recruited former head of the N&P department Tony Gartland as a salaried partner to its Leeds office. But Abbey National, which takes over N&P next month, […]

In brief: LAB rapped over correspondence handling

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Sir William Reid, has criticised the Legal Aid Board’s handling of correspondence. Referring to a complaint that the LAB was evasive and dishonest in its handling of solicitors’ correspondence, he said last week: “Delays occurred in associating letters with the file and in replying to correspondence, and points raised by the solicitors, […]

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