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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).


Addleshaws raids Garretts

Addleshaw Booth & Co is continuing its raid on Garretts, the associate law firm of Arthur Andersen, by taking two partners, including the head of property in its Leeds office Dean Copley. It is understood that both Copley and property partner Paula Dillon are resigning today (Monday). Dillon will join Addleshaws in October after returning […]

In brief: Berwin Leighton

Berwin Leighton has appointed its first non-lawyer as head of department. Ian Beith replaces partner Bernard Bartlett as head of finance. Bartlett will now concentrate on fee-earning work. Beith was formerly the managing director of structured finance at Charterhouse Bank.

In brief: Barbara Dohmann QC

Barbara Dohmann QC of Blackstone Chambers has been elected chairman of the Commercial Bar Association (Combar). Dohmann, who sits as a Deputy High Court Judge, is the first female chair of the association. She replaces One Essex Court tenant Ian Glick QC. Michael Brindle QC of Fountain Court Chambers becomes treasurer.

Lord Mishcon moves to block Lord Irvine in Bill

Labour peer, Lord Mishcon QC plans to introduce an amendment to the Access to Justice Bill designed to vanquish the “Sword of Damocles” held by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine over the Law Society’s trade union role. As the Access to Justice Bill went through its report stage in the Commons, an amendment was introduced […]

In brief: David Speker

David Speker has replaced John Clitheroe as senior partner at Kingsley Napley. Speker has been with the firm for 22 years and also heads its litigation practice. Although he was promoted at the end of March, his role was not officially announced until this month. Clitheroe takes up a role in the firm’s criminal litigation […]

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