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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).


The story so far

Last week The Lawyer reported that ABN Amro had replaced Allen & Overy (A&O) as its adviser in the ongoing Safeway battle, after the Dutch investment bank’s bidder Wm Morrison discovered that the magic circle firm was also acting for two opposing parties. A&O had set up Chinese walls so that a separate team could […]

Jones Day Gouldens cuts 10 per cent of London fee-earners

Jones Day Gouldens is slashing ten per cent of its fee-earning staff in London as it becomes the latest City firm to institute a redundancy programme.The move, which was announced internally today (23 May) will initially affect up to 25 associates and paralegals, but may be followed by a proportionate reduction in secretarial staff. Partners […]

Great strategy

Everybody knows those magic circle firms are always looking for ways to take over the world. It’s therefore not surprising to learn that Allen & Overy has hired new marketing director Partha Bose. Tulkinghorn can reveal that Bose actually received the offer not just for his marketing skills, but because he has recently published a […]

TAG’s non-lawyered CFAs get Appeal Court backing

A scheme set up by The Accident Group (Tag), under which a non-lawyer handles conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), has been vindicated for the second time by the Court of Appeal. The fate of some 700 solicitor practices rested on the outcome of this decision. Had the CFAs been declared invalid by the judge, the firms […]

Oil change

The big fish in the North Sea’s oil trade have found the time is right to let their diminishing assets filter down to some of the smaller players. Paul Griffin reports As existing oil and gas fields in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) approach the end of their productive lives, it has become common for […]

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