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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: Lovells litigator becomes senior partner

Andrew Walker, 51, takes the helm as senior partner of international firm Lovell White Durrant this week. The first litigator to be made senior partner of the firm, Walker is expected to be “a strong champion of the firm’s international practice, including its cross-border work”. Currently a senior partner in the practice’s commercial litigation practice, […]

UK puts its trust in OEICs

The publication of the consultative paper on open-ended investment companies (OEICs) by the Securitys and Investments Board (SIB) in October last year, means that considerable progress has now been made towards finalising the regulatory framework for the introduction of OEICs into the UK savings market. Over the past few years, pressure has grown in the […]

Lawyers shy of IT

Lawyers are lagging behind other professionals in using IT, according to a recent survey carried out by Toshiba. The results revealed that lawyers prefer to work from the office and are hesitant about using mobile communication. Only 15 per cent use a notebook computer for remote access to work. And 26 per cent prefer a […]

Well done winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s The Lawyer/Hifal Awards. Shoosmiths & Harrisons deserves particular mention for scooping two awards – client care and management, while Doughty Street Chambers was, for the second year, winner of the Chambers award. Leigh Day & Co has certainly made its mark in recent years and its win as […]

Financings

Pinsent Curtis acted for Bradford Property Trust in relation to its $20 million private US placement of shares arranged by NatWest Markets. The investors were advised by Hebb & Gitlin. Chapman & Cutler was the trust’s US counsel.

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