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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).


In brief: Sycamore in Law Soc Hong Kong visit

Phillip Sycamore, the president of the Law Society, is to fly in to Hong Kong at the beginning of April in a bid to resolve a dispute over the requalification requirements placed on English-qualified lawyers looking to practice there. English lawyers have lost their automatic exemption from having to sit the Overseas Lawyers’ Qualifications Examination […]

In brief: Rolling stock privatisation makes cash roll in

Freshfields and Clifford Chance both reaped fees of over £1.4m each from the privatisation of the rolling stock leasing companies according to a National Audit Office report issued last week. Freshfields advised the Department of Transport and Clifford Chance advised British Rail. The report also revealed that Freshfields did not secure the Department of Transport’s […]

E-commerce raises issues

The growing popularity of e-commerce will lead to knock-on work for the legal profession, according to Paula Staunton In a rapidly developing field, IT lawyers not only have to deal with the cases and clients in hand, they must also keep an eye on the issues of the future. In 1998, a number of issues […]

Lewis Silkin drops Farnham office

Westminster firm Lewis Silkin is disposing of its Farnham conveyancing office at the end of this week as part of a major change in direction for the firm. The move will mean laying off five paralegals, with three legal executives joining the London office. The only assistant solicitor in the Farnham office has already left […]

Eversheds 'evolution' spawns new chairman

Eversheds has made its non-executive chairman, Keith James, a full-time executive chairman after 11 months without a full-time boss, James, in turn, has appointed a management team of three others to handle internal administration, client development and international strategy respectively. Eversheds announced in April last year, when managing partner Peter Cole moved to head Eversheds […]

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