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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).


Forbes Hare launches in London with Walkers hire

Offshore firm Forbes Hare is launching a London office with the hire of former Walkers partner Catherine Ross. Ross joins Forbes Hare as a partner in October to kickstart London operations for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) headquartered firm. Forbes Hare also has an office in the Cayman Islands and the London office will advise […]

Malaysia tightens grip on foreign law firms

Malaysia has amended its Legal Professional Act in a move that some believe will become a double-edged sword on foreign legal practices operating in the country. Concerns have been raised about ammendments to domestic legislation that would in effect prevent international firms from flying into the country to provide non-domestic advice on deals. The Legal […]

High Court

Who pays?

A judge rules that an LLP member is not responsible for indemnity insurance premiums A High Court ruling over who can be held liable for firms’ indemnity insurance premiums in the assigned risks pool (ARP), the insurer of last resort, has upset what has been a smooth renewal period. It is the final year of […]

Tim Cook Apple

Cell division

Mobile phone giants square up for a big scrap over 4G technology It was no big spoiler when an insider told The Korea Times last week that Seoul-based Samsung was – drum roll – planning to sue Apple over the iPhone 5. Having already filed around 50 lawsuits in 10 countries the frenemies are now […]

A&O increases bank loan facilities

Allen & Overy (A&O) has increased its banking facilities more than 15 per cent while partner capital rose 4 per cent over the course of 2011-12 – an expansive 12 months for the firm. At the end of the past financial year (30 April 2012) A&O had unused general bank facilities amounting to £10m and […]

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