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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).


Royal appointment for ex-Ferranti head

ROYAL Insurance has appointed former Ferranti lawyer Robert Dunkley to head its in-house team. Dunkley will be based in the company’s Liverpool office from where he will also oversee the Royal’s London lawyers. Former Royal legal head Graham Jones has joined Norwich Union and the insurers have recruited Allen & Overy’s Nick Gibbon on secondment […]

Dentons film expert in job wrangle

DENTON Hall is involved in termination negotiations with media and technology solicitor Angela Jackson, after it made her redundant on three months notice at the end of last year. Jackson, widely-known in film and television circles, was offered a consultancy by the firm, but she says it was tied to “unfavourable and restrictive terms”. She […]

Mackay plan plugs franchise firms

FRANCHISED firms will be in the driving seat when it comes to competing for contracts under Lord Mackay’s proposed new legal aid regime. Details are yet to be fleshed out, but franchise-holders will have a distinct advantage when the system is overhauled. It is understood that non-franchised firms will not be barred from applying to […]

In brief: Durnford Ford switches lawyers

Graham Durnford Ford, the struck-off solicitor facing Serious Fraud Office charges of theft, will be represented by John Harding of Kingsley Napley after being awarded legal aid. It was understood that Ford would defend himself after dismissing his previous solicitors Magrath & Co several months ago. The trial of Ford and co-defendant William Digby Bew […]

Disclosure puts firms ahead

Michael Kavanagh Life offices are warning solicitors to be guided by the quality as well as cost of investment advice, following the introduction of hard disclosure on commissions and charges on investment products. Andy McNeill, business development consultant at Prudential, suggests that lawyers could gain the edge over other financial advisers as their practice of […]

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