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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).


Hugh James opens advocacy unit

Hugh James Ford Simey has launched a new advocacy unit to offer solicitor and barrister services under one roof The launch of the unit follows recent changes in the rules on legal service provision. The Welsh firm has three in-house barristers who can provide instant, independent advice to their solicitor colleagues and the firm’s clients.

Kowa ditches Eversheds to plump for Tite & Lewis

Tite & Lewis, the firm linked to Ernst & Young (E&Y), has snatched a new international client from under the nose of Eversheds The firm has just done its first piece of work for Japanese client Kowa Company, for whom it bought 5 per cent of the issued shares in UK-listed SkyePharma.SkyePharma was Kowa’s first […]

Law maker and rule breaker

It’s good to know that even senior partners bend the rules. Tulkinghorn and a couple of his reporters were having lunch with one in the City the other day, but when the coffee arrived, no one wanted to be the first to reach for a cigarette.Finally, after much fiddling with rings on fingers and tuneful […]

Shoosmiths wins WHSmith panel place

Shoosmiths has taken the place of Dechert on the WHSmiths property panel after beating competition from eight other firms in a major review Dechert joins existing provider Manches in a two-way partnership. The work includes property acquisitions, disposals, property litigation and property management. The stationery retailer revealed plans late last year to increase its number […]

Wragges achieves modest growth

Wragge & Co has announced a 2 per cent increase in fee income on last year The firm earned £77.8m in fees for the year ending April 2002, up from £76.3m the previous year.The figures are disappointing, given that Wragges posted a 40 per cent increase in gross fees last year. However, given the economic […]

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