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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).

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In brief: Cripps Harries joins investment association

Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall is the first law firm to become a member of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS). The association lobbies regulatory bodies and the Government on behalf of the investment industry and its clients.

Merger creates south-west giant

Bond Pearce will become the largest firm in the South West when it takes over the Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. The 40 partner firm is currently the fourth largest in the region by fee earner size but, with 210 fee earners in all, it will leapfrog Bevan Ashford, Burges Salmon […]

NY firm looks for substantial City merger

New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle is holding a beauty parade of three City firms, each with over 200 lawyers, from which it hopes to choose a merger partner. Managing partner George Kahale III told The Lawyer that the deal had a 40 per cent chance of success and said if he does […]

Law Society votes to give itself a face-lift

The Law Society agreed to implement a radical face-lift last week in line with proposals made by business troubleshooter and tony Blair confidante Sir Dennis Stevenson. The Law Society council has agreed to: elect the deputy vice-president only; dissolve many of the 140 committees and appoint specific task forces for individual projects; restrict the number […]

White & Case posts

US firm White & Case has taken on three more lawyers at its Japanese operations. Masahiko Kawakami, a US qualified lawyer, has joined the firm’s Tokyo office, while Japanese qualified Yoshiko Yasuda and Koichiro Ohashi have joined Kandabashi Law – White & Case’s affiliate firm in Japan. Yasuda is shortly expected to gain admission to […]

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