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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 Lawyer Inquiry: Ian Rosenblatt

Ian Rosenblatt was born in Liverpool in 1959. He is senior partner at Rosenblatt. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Maths. What was your first job? Working in my uncle’s carpet warehouse. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £9,500 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? […]

It's been a good week for…

Gay judges. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine is scrapping judicial selection rules requiring wannabe judges to declare their sexual orientation when applying for posts. Lord Irvine says he wants to ensure equal opportunities. But many lawyers think the only way to do that is to abandon the “secret soundings” system of appointing judges. Geoff Hoon, […]

Perrin's View

Earlier last week a merger took place between two high-profile heavyweights. The fact that it was on TV and featured two 40-tonne reptiles must, of course, rule out the Denton Wilde Sapte nuptials, but it was memorable all the same. In fact, the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs is proving fascinating viewing. So far we’ve had […]

Cripps takes CPS property legal tender

Cripps Harries Hall has beaten seven firms to a Crown Prosecution Service tender. The south-east firm will now exclusively provide legal services to the CPS’ property portfolio throughout England and Wales for the next three years, with an option for the CPS to extend until 31 August 2004. Head of commercial property Michael Stevens says […]

British Energy

Last month, British Energy breathed a sigh of relief when its five-month bid for Welsh utility Hydra’s subsidiary Swalec, the south-west retail gas and electricity supplier, was cleared by the Department of Trade and Industry. Callum McCarthy, the director general of industry regulator Electricity Supply had previously expressed concerns that the £105m takeover would give […]

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