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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).


Bevan Ashford hires CMS partner for Birmingham

Bevan Ashford has scooped a CMS Cameron McKenna partner to build a corporate practice out of its new Birmingham office Geoff Perry was previously joint head of corporate at Cameron’s Budapest office. The hire comes 18 months after Bevan Ashford’s Bristol and London arms launched in Birmingham. The office has so far focused on health, […]

Smiths uses Wragges on £33m sale

Wragge & Co has completed its first major corporate transaction for aerospace company Smiths Group, which traditionally sends its high-value work to Allen & Overy (A&O). Wragges has acted on a number of smaller Smiths Group transactions, with a value of up to £10m in the last 18 months, but this disposal of the Lodge […]

Personal banking

Gulf International Bank UK’s legal head Dominic Bacon essentially works alone, relying on the help of his advisers. Husnara Begum finds out that he prefers the individual touch Dominic Bacon, head of legal and compliance at Gulf International Bank (UK) (GIB UK) says that working for a Middle-eastern bank in the current political climate brings […]

Unicef names child rights award winner

Pat Monro, an adjudicator for the immigration tribunal, has been named as The Lawyer/Unicef Child Rights Lawyer of the Year Monro beat off competition from shortlisted candidates Jerry Clore, nominated by the Refugee Council, Christopher Digby-Bell, for his work with the William’s Way Project, and Lady Barbara Lowry of the Grandparents Association. This is the […]

ING to force City banking firms to earn their keep

ING, the largest financial services group in the Netherlands, is setting up its first global banking panel in an attempt to cut costs. The panel will be for the investment and wholesale banking divisions of ING’s £38bn organisation.The financial giant, which last week cut 1,000 jobs, will give a handful of international firms the bulk […]

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