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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).


Home guard

Investors may think twice about Canada after the government scotched a major foreign takeover of a domestic company. Canada’s minister of industry shook the Canadian and international M&A community in May when he took the unprecedented action of blocking a major proposed foreign takeover of a Canadian business. Using the powers granted him under the […]


Links London takes a hit

The decision by JPMorgan to ditch Linklaters because of its involvement in the Bear Stearns ­litigation is reminiscent of Clifford Chance’s spat with Bank of America in the 1990s and Freshfields’ row with Citibank at the turn of the decade. High drama at Silk Street. Magic circle firms don’t often get ejected from bank panels, […]

Outer Temple, Mark Howard QC win Bar’s top awards

Outer Temple Chambers won Chambers of the Year at The Lawyer Awards last night (24 June), while Mark Howard QC of Brick Court scooped Barrister of the Year. The common law set pipped Brick Court and Maitland Chambers to the Award for its exceptional increase in turnover, with commercial work increasing by 181 per cent […]


Martineau Johnson re-brands as ‘Martineau’

Martineau Johnson has rebranded itself as ‘Martineau,’ dropping the ‘Johnson‘ from its name. The firm has also replaced its logo, formerly the interlocking letters “M” and “J”, with three vertical lines “to represent the firm’s new core values: integrity, inspiration and innovation,” managing partner Bill Barker said. Barker continued: “We listened to our clients, the […]


Narnia Dad defends his domain name policies

The Scottish father who owns the domain name insists that it was a present for his 11-year-old son despite the fact that he owns 78 other domain names. The Scottish father who owns the domain name disputed by the CS Lewis estate has claimed that he isn’t making any money from it and […]

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