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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).


White & Case is first Kazakhstan licensee

White & Case has become the first foreign law firm to be licensed in Kazakhstan under rules issued by the Kazakh Ministry of Justice last year. The Ministry’s Agency for the Registration of Immovable Property and Legal Entities granted the licence to the firm’s subsidiary in Almaty, White & Case Kazakhstan LLP. The firm has […]

Accountancy-tied firms begin talks

Accountancy-tied law firms Tite & Lewis and Arnheim & Co have begun formal talks to merge, following last week’s regulatory clearance for the merger of their parents Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse respectively. But Chris Arnheim, founding Arnheim & Co partner, conceded that the brand name and management structure of the combined legal practice […]

Justice for all is necessary

On behalf of the 3,700 plaintiff lawyers represented by Apil, I would like to correct the impression, which may have been created by Anthony Barton, that lawyers do not recognise the merits of conditional fees (The Lawyer, 24 February). Apil has always supported conditional fees, but they are not without problems, especially for low income […]

Clifford Chance to advise via the Net

Elizabeth Davidson reports CLIFFORD Chance has become the second UK law firm to launch a Future of Law-style legal advice and information service across the Internet. The service, Nextlaw (, became available to “selected clients” for an as yet undisclosed annual subscription fee three weeks ago, although it is due to be officially launched in […]

Booker exit prompts CC to bolster unit

Who would have thought that the Post Office, once a byword for bureaucracy, would be at the forefront of a new drive by large companies to get the most out of their external lawyers? But with the recent announcement of swingeing cuts to its panel of law firms reduced from 40 to just four the […]

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