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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).


Royal firm swots up on mediation

FAMILY lawyers from the firm which acts for Princess Diana are preparing to take mediation training courses now the controversial Family Law Bill has finally been passed. Mishcon De Reya is one of several firms which approached the Solicitors Family Law Association to enquire about places on its new eight-day mediation course after the Bill […]


CONTRARY to first impressions, Burges Salmon partner Bob Smyth is not a shipping lawyer. But the head of the firm’s environmental unit was out to make a point when he set off to work in a rowing boat. To mark ‘Bristol Walk to Work Day’ recently, he and 44 other members of the firm resolved […]

Abortion row to High Court

A High Court judge will decide whether a woman whose baby suffers from spina bifida is entitled to damages because failure by doctors to diagnose the condition of her unborn child deprived her of the chance to have an abortion. Christine O’Sullivan and Gary McGeown of Wembley are claiming against Northwick Park and St Marks […]

In brief: Dundas & Wilson tucks into receiver work

Dundas & Wilson has been appointed to act on behalf of the joint receivers of the three companies in the Capital Foods Group. Capital Foods operates more than 60 shops in Scotland, employing over 500 staff. The case will be handled by Dundas’ new partners Graeme Henry and Michael Hughes, who are involved in developing […]

City firm sidelines property to sharpen act

City firm Watson, Farley & Williams is scaling back its ambitions in property as part of an internal re-organisation designed to sharpen the focus of its core activities. It is establishing four groups comprising banking and finance, shipping, litigation and corporate. There will still be a property department dealing with financing. “But,” said senior partner […]

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