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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).


Lathams drafts in US heavyweights

Latham & Watkins is moving two top partners over from the US as the start of an aggressive expansion of the London office. The managing partner of the New York office and the chair of the corporate department in Los Angeles are transferring to the UK. Philip Coviello and Bryant Edwards will significantly boost the […]

Law Society licence threatened by OFT

The law Society has been warned by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) that if it fails to improve the way it deals with the increasing number of consumer complaints, it could lose its group licence. The warning comes soon after president-elect Michael Napier announced that the backlog of complaints was down in June by […]

Winthrop Stimson joins with San Francisco firm

One of Herbert Smith’s favoured US firms, Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts, is merging with a San Francisco practice to create a nationwide giant. New York firm Winthrop Stimson is in the final stages of talks with San Francisco’s Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in a bid to build a 900-lawyer partnership with 16 offices worldwide. […]

Suspended firms back on Axa panel

Berrymans Lace Mawer and Kennedys are returning to Axa’s panel after the insurer finally lifted a six-month suspension on the two firms. Kennedys’ Brentwood off-ice and Berrymans’ London office had been prohibited from handling any high volume claims litigation work for the insurer earlier this year after they failed to comply with protocol (The Lawyer, […]

Diplomatic immunity

While the Bar Council is no doubt smarting at barristers losing their immunity from being sued for negligence, it is refreshing to hear such a positive reaction from the vast majority of the civil bar at least. But the criminal bar’s concern at the potential for vengeful claims against barristers who fail to secure not-guilty […]

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