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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).



Blow for Shoosmiths as partners quit

Two partners have quit Shoosmiths & Harrison following a restructuring of its Reading and Southampton offices. Corporate partner Marshall Leopold and commercial property partner John Castell, both from the Reading office, will join Garretts in Reading at the beginning of September. The restructuring, announced last week, has seen the Northampton firm’s two southern offices re-branded […]

Better the devil you know

If insurance companies are happy to offer extended coverage, why not for the first £1m in coverage currently offered by SIF? A left-wing wit once observed that the reason Margaret Thatcher won so many elections was because “at least you always knew where you were with her”. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s (SIF) survival beyond the […]

Wansbroughs acquires Vaudreys in first step to Beachcrofts merger

NATIONAL firm Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave is to fulfil its long held ambition of gaining a Manchester stronghold by taking over 14-partner insurance specialists Vaudreys. The move, which is the culmination of 18 months of negotiations, has paved the way for a further merger with London firm Beachcroft Stanleys to create a top 10 firm. Wansbroughs […]

Lawyers at play

Cambridge’s Hewitson Becke & Shaw sponsored the Hornet Moth Air Race at Woburn Abbey’s recent 19th International Moth Rally. Partner Tim Richards presented the trophy to winner, Mark Miller, who won in a 1936 de Havilland Hornet Moth biplane.

In brief: Trowers restructures support in time for move

Trowers & Hamlins has appointed David Dixon, previously deputy chief financial officer for Pricewaterhouse Coopers Eastern Europe, as head of finance. Last month John Cooper, previously at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, joined as head of information services and Gordon Taylor came from Cameron McKenna to head up the administration. The arrivals complete a restructuring of support […]

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