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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).


Rawlinson Butler

Rawlison Butler is not a firm that likes to splash its cash. Rawlison Butler is not a firm that likes to splash its cash. Managing partner Tim Sadka admits that the firm is conservative when it comes to spending, but feels this is a strategy that has served it well. With the economy now looking […]


Clifford Chance, Wong go separate ways as Singapore opens up to foreign firms

Clifford Chance, Wong go separate ways as Singapore opens up to foreign firms” />Clifford Chance and Singaporean firm WongPartnership have ann­ounced the termination of their joint venture arrangement, as Singapore liberalises its legal market for foreign law firms. The Singapore Ministry of Law has launched a scheme to liberalise the legal market, allowing ­foreign firms […]

Cadwalader will not keep any City NQs in spring

US firm Cadwalader Wikersham & Taft will not offer jobs to any of the trainee solicitors who are due to qualify into its London office next spring. Three trainees have been affected by the move, which it is understood has been blamed on market conditions and the rapid expansion of Cadwalader’s UK-based graduate recruitment programme. […]

Central Europe Special Report: Close courters

As international firms turn their attention to Asia and the Middle East, their Viennese counterparts have increased their efforts in Central and Eastern Europe. By Chris Crowe Under the heavy gloom of the global financial crisis, the Austrian legal elite have stayed resolute. Despite the economic malaise, Austria’s legal market remains intent on furthering its […]

Property Special Report: Blind rates

The Government’s taxing of buildings left empty is not having the desired effect of filling the premises and has instead created more dangerous buildings, a loss of jobs and a disincentive on the part of developers. By Lee Nuttall It would be safe to say that it is ­irrational for any landowner to purposely keep […]

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