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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).


Widow of veteran sues for compensation

A St Helens woman is accusing the authorities of negligence in the prison suicide of her husband, reports Roger Pearson. The widow of Gulf War veteran John Callaghan, who hanged himself in Strangeways prison, is taking the MoD, the Home Office and the St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust to the High Court in a […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

Jennie Allen was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1973. She is a corporate services solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall solicitors in Newbury, Berkshire. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Art & design. What was your first job? Saturday sales assistant in a shoe shop. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? […]

Linklaters loses out to Simmons in Asda deal

Linklaters & Alliance has lost out to Simmons & Simmons in representing US retailer Wal-Mart on its audacious bid for Asda. Both Simmons and Linklaters were considered by Wal-Mart. But after pitching against each other at a meeting on 7 June, Simmons was appointed while Linklaters was retained to advise investment bank Wasserstein Perella & […]

It's been a good week for…

The Fawcett Society, a charity devoted to promoting women in public life, which is u5,000 better off this week after the Attorney General, John Morris, agreed to give it a donation. He was responding to a claim by Jo Hayes, a female barrister, who accused him of sexual discrimination after dismissing her job application. Hayes […]

French firms face 35-hour week rule

Law firms in France could soon be forced to adopt the 35 hour week that accountants in the country have already accepted. The first wave of legislation, which comes into force in January 2000, will cut the maximum working week from 39 to 35 hours for the majority of workers, but lawyers have so far […]

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