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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).


Meet tomorrow's champions

As in other areas of specialist work, opinions are mixed as to whether the next wave of barristers match up to the current crop of the silks. But nevertheless practitoners have singled out a few first rate juniors. At Falcon Chambers, one of the juniors who is noted in particular as following in the leading […]

In brief: Former Herbert Smith staff reunited

Claire Vane, former head of human resources at Herbert Smith, now with legal recruitment agency ZMB, is being joined by her old number two at the firm, Charles Dodds. Vane and Dodds will be responsible for establishing a new offshoot at the agency which will specialise in recruiting non-legal staff for law firms in areas […]

High Court swings to rock 'n' roll actions

Even if they have little interest in the music, it seems High Court judges can keep up-to-date with pop’s trends by the litigation coming before them. After a recent hearing before Mr Justice Rattee, counsel Gregory Banner revealed the all-out royalties battle between members of chart-topping group Oasis and their ex-drummer Anthony McCarroll is still […]

Teething troubles expected as City switches to Crest dealing

The introduction of the Crest electronic share dealing system in the City this week is awaited anxiously by lawyers who will have to deal with a plethora of new paperwork. Different documentation will be needed for rights issues and takeovers to take account of the Crest system which has been developed under the auspices of […]

Challenge to criminal defences

The House of Lords is deciding whether to allow a challenge over the defences open to those charged with failure to comply with enforcement notices. The Law Lords have invited the Crown to express its views on the application in the case of R v Wicks to appeal against conviction in respect of failure to […]

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