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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).

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Steering SIF back in the right direction

Despite having been one of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s strongest critics, Robert Sayer does not think it should be shelved; instead, he says, the way it is run needs to be improved. Very shortly, the first of the Law Society working parties looking into various aspects of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) will be reporting […]

In brief: LCD consultation papers on the Internet

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has issued two consultation papers on proposed procedures for clinical negligence papers and multi-party actions which build on the plans unveiled by the Lord Woolf inquiry. They are available on the LCD’s Web site at: http://www.open.gov.uk/lcd/index.htm. The deadline for comments is 31 December.

Open to review

The cascade of judicial review case law continues. Michael Fordham takes a look some of the most important recent cases in this increasingly fertile area of the law. Michael Fordham is a barrister specialising in judicial review at 2 Hare Court. He is author of the Judicial Review Handbook and editor of the quarterly journal, […]

Covingtons tightens its links with Paris practice

Partners from US firm Covington & Burling and French firm August & Debouzy are gathering in Paris this week to launch a new co-operation agreement. The exclusive referral arrangement between the two firms, approved by the Paris Bar last year, gives the firms access to each others’ offices. Covingtons has offices in Brussels and London, […]

In brief: Field Fisher wins Camerons' patent head

Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached Cameron McKenna’s head of patent litigation Peter Jennings. He said he had joined Field Fisher’s IP/IT department because he “saw it as a better opportunity than where I was.”

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