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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).


The South West and Wales

The South West legal market may be smaller than the City’s, but in its own way it is equally frenetic. In January Bristol-based Bond Pearce toasted the arrival of the London chief operating officer of New York-based White & Case Chris Schulten, who joined the South West firm as its new finance director. In February […]

Vos looks to write some wrongs

Get ready for another Legal Services Bill clash. The Lords have not even settled into the next session of Parliament and the Bar Council has already drawn its sword. Geoffrey Vos QC, the chair of the Bar Council, will today (16 April) lead a fight to fence the Lords into a corner so that they […]

Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case

Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case” />Two of the biggest names in IP, Bristows and Taylor Wessing, have missed out on the UK’s first-ever human genome patent litigation after the loss of key litigation partners. Penny Gilbert, who left Bristows in March to set up IP boutique Powell Gilbert, is acting for […]

Mini-me’s entrance fee

More news on the Freshfields restructuring. Now it transpires that the magic circle firm’s radical downsizing of its equity partnership and sharp focus on controlling costs has led to a return to good, old-fashioned Victorian values. In the shape of child labour. It has emerged that corporate star partner David Higgins has enlisted his son […]

DLA Piper moves to boost Islamic finance team

DLA Piper has launched a three-pronged raid on its rivals in the Middle East to boost its Islamic finance practice in Dubai. Abdulaziz Al Bosaily joins as a legal director from Clifford Chance affiliate firm Al-Jadaan Law Firm, while new senior associates Adil Hussain and Saqib Awan join from Norton Rose and Saudi Arabian firm […]

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