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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).


Hammonds win sparks new law on cost payment

Fresh law has been thrown up in a professional negligence claim against Ham-mond Suddards Edge that is now subject to appeal Companies defeated at first instance now face paying costs and security to the winning party before they can appeal.The action concerns advice given by Hammonds to offshore company Agrichem International Holdings on Spanish and […]

Separated at birth

This week’s separated at birth has left members of The Lawyer team quite freaked out. Readers will be familiar with the youthful looks of associate editor extraordinaire Matheu ‘Doogie Howser’ Swallow, who confounds millions by being able to hold down a responsible job despite the fact that he is clearly only about 14. Still, The […]

Liable to catch on

After the initial excitement, enthusiasm for LLPs has dwindled. But after Withers announced it was about to take the leap, Jon Robins asks: who will be next? “It seems too good an opportunity to miss not to convert to a limited liability partnerships [LLP]. I’m sure that other firms are queuing up behind us.” So […]

BASF picks Cleary for EC fine appeal

German Chemicals giant BASF is to appeal against the European Commission’s landmark €296m (£182.7m) fine over the company’s involvement in a price-rigging cartel BASF was the sole member of the cartel to rely on in-house counsel for its defence, but has now drafted in an antitrust team from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to fight […]

Slaughters bolsters Heath Lambert lead adviser role

Slaughter and May is set to advise Heath Lambert if the insurance broker goes ahead with its proposed flotation later this year. The instruction would confirm the firm’s position as Heath Lambert’s main corporate adviser.The broker was formed through the merger of CE Heath and Lambert Fench-urch in December 1999, with Slaughters acting for Lambert […]

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