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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).


Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw boosts construction with Hammonds hire

Mayer Brown Rose & Maw (MBR&M) has bagged a construction partner from Hammonds’ London office. Jonathan Hosie will join MBR&M’s City-based construction and engineering group as its sixth partner on September 6. He is a legacy partner of Edge Ellison, which merged with Hammonds in 2000. Hosie specialises in risk management under building and engineering […]

It’s no joke

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman were working on a deal. Cue terrible joke, except this one is actually true. Scottish firm McGrigors’ US-born London corporate partner David Mandell was advising online travel group CNG Travel on its AIM IPO recently. Kiwi partner Sean Wallace of BCM Hanby Wallace was advising CNG on local […]

Ranald Munro: Chubb Insurance Company of Europe

With multiple roles for Chubb Insurance, Ranald Munro can keep a watchful eye on all proceedings, from EU legislation to management plans. Joanne Harris reports Ranald Munro is a man of many titles; general counsel and company secretary for the Chubb Insurance Company of Europe are the ones he uses most often, but he is […]

Work-life quiz

Peter Crossley, head of commercial dispute resolution, Hammonds What was your first ever job? A disc jockey at a discount store near Durban, South Africa. What was your worst experience as a trainee? In South Africa, being involved in two separate motor accidents while driving partners’ cars – neither were my fault, honest. Where’s the […]

Separated at birth

The assembled throng at The Lawyer Awards in June was astounded when Martin Clunes, still best known for his role in the seminal 1990s lads-com Men Behaving Badly, bounded up on stage to collect the Niche Firm of the Year Award on behalf of Yorkshire firm Gordons. The Wimbledon-born Clunes has clearly been tiring of […]

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