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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).


NI lessons in PI costs

I read your article in March with some interest (The Lawyer 5 March ‘Apil slams unreal Woolf paper’). I have re-qualified in England having previously qualified in Northern Ireland. The system in Northern Ireland is somewhat different from that of England. First, the population in Northern Ireland is very much more “personal injury claim conscious” […]

Top Canadian firms withdraw from partnership

LEADING Canadian firms Olgivy Renault and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt (OHH) are demerging their international partnership, Osler Renault. The two firms, which practise separately in Canada, established a joint international venture in 1989, establishing Osler Renault offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. OHH partner in London David Drinkwater said the demerger followed Olgivy Renault’s […]

Advocates with know-how

Practitioners have singled out other barristers outside the recognised professional negligence sets but who are flavour of the month. Ben Patten, at John Samuels QC’s set at 22 Old Buildings, Temple, is “quick and good on detail”, and Teresa Rosen Peacocke at Benjamin Levy’s set at Enterprise Chambers is “good on detail. A real terrier […]

In brief: Access to Justice researcher heads talks

One of Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice inquiry team members will address a conference by the National Council for Access to Law. District judge Dick Greenslade will lead the one-day event in addressing issues ranging from how litigants in person should present their cases and how changes to civil court claim limits will affect solicitors, […]

Time to stop dealing behind closed doors at the IGC

Uncertainty about the agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference may decrease public support for the EU, says Rose D’Sa Secrecy is a common, perhaps indispensable, phenomenon of inter-governmental negotiations. Yet the lack of a clear, published agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Turin is particularly odd when viewed in the context of one of its […]

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