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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).


Translation: a simple matter of interpretation?

Interpreting the English “legalese” used by many international business contracts is no easy matter, reports Richard Tyler. How quick is “promptly”? What is the difference between a “representation” and a “warranty”, and are “best endeavours” better than “best efforts”? These are just some of the problems foreign lawyers and judges face when trying to interpret […]

Graham & James lawyer to head TJG in Bucharest

Taylor Joynson Garrett has recruited a new Bucharest office head from its US ally Graham & James. The current head, Philip Newhouse, is returning to London. He will be responsible for linking clients in Romania with London and his UK colleagues and clients with Romania. The new Bucharest head, UK corporate and commercial lawyer Michael […]

Canada is Deloittes' next target

Philip Hoult reports. Big Six accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche is set to add Canada to its global network of law firms but is still publicly insisting that it has no intention of moving into the UK legal market. The firm has hired Ian Tod, ex-managing partner of Toronto firm Torkin Manes, reportedly to carry […]

Midlands solicitor cleared of fraud lashes out at Law Society and OSS

A Birmingham solicitor cleared last week of defrauding the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of £60,000 has attacked the Law Society for closing down his firm when the allegations were levelled against him. After a five-week trial, Andrew Mandleberg was found not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of conspiring to defraud the LAB. He had been […]

Advocating a working relationship

There is much more to being a barrister than using advocacy skills in the courtroom, argues Rosemary Samwell-Smith. Rosemary Samwell-Smith is a principal lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law. This is an extract from her speech to next week’s Worldwide Advocacy Conference. The word “advocacy” popularly evokes the concept of a courtroom […]

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