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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).


Going solo – the best route to partnership?

Ambitious lawyers want to attain partnership in a firm for a variety of reasons, both personal and financial. But what is the best route to achieving this goal? And what about those with an entrepreneurial spirit? Is the satisfaction greater still in going your own way and starting your own firm from scratch?This question has […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority launches referral fees inquiry

The Law Society’s Regulation Board yesterday (20 September) agreed to review and overhaul the principles governing the use of referral fees by solicitors’ firms. It was agreed that the board should consider the underlying principles of the current referral fee arrangements at its November meeting, with a view to a full-scale review and consultation of […]

Chairman threatens Kirkpatrick UK

The chairman of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has threatened his London office with “a bloody nose” when the guaranteed payments it has been paying to City partners end in January 2007. Kirkpatrick chairman Peter Kalis said the new merit-based system was “definitely not” an eat-what-you-kill system, but would be based on a partners’ contributions […]

BLG ticked off after advert row

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dealt a blow to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, upholding a complaint over a full page advertisement that appeared in the national press. The advert appeared on 3 May and listed the names and companies of 250 in-house counsel, stating: “If you’d like your name kept out of the legal […]

Dewey, Orrick focus on London despite merger negotiations

Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe‘s London offices remain focused on their respective independent growth strategies, despite last week’s confirmation that the two US heavyweights are in merger talks. As revealed on (12 September), the two US firms’ respective chairmen, Morton Pierce and Ralph Baxter, confirmed that the firms are in preliminary ongoing […]

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