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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).


In brief: College of Law chair announces retirement

The College of Law is losing its chair of the board of management, Richard Holbrook. Holbrook, 61, is retiring after seven years as executive head of the college. In that time he has increased college income from £8m to £25m a year at a time when competition from other legal education providers increased and links […]

Canadian firm powers to success in Hungary

CANADIAN firm Stikeman Elliott has successfully completed a US$1.3 billion Hungarian electricity privatisation operation. The practice, which opened an office in Budapest in 1993, believes the privatisation is one of the largest yet to take place in Central and Eastern Europe. Under the privatisation scheme, the Hungarian Privatisation and State Holding Company sold off a […]

City firms square up for Chilean copper case

Herbert Smith is acting for the Chilean state copper company Codelco in its $170 million litigation against a London trading company alleging conspiracy to defraud. The action by Codelco, the world’s biggest copper producer, is against a London Metal Exchange trading company, Sogemin. Codelco is seeking damages relating to losses suffered in the copper futures […]

Euthanasia/remedies. When killing is an act of mercy

Over the past year many questions have been raised about the difficulties of legislating for cases involving children or adults with serious illnesses or in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). Perhaps the most extreme case to hit the headlines recently was that of Jim and Bronwen Stewart who wanted to let their two-year-old son Ian […]

Bar appoints former head of law school to new education post

A NEW post of head of education and training has been created at the Bar Council as it undergoes a major expansion of its bureaucracy in response to several recent reforms. Nigel Bastin, former head of Manchester Metropolitan University’s law school, has taken up the newly-created post at the Bar Council. The appointment follows the […]

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