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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).


Mission impossible

Instructing an agent was, and in many cases still is, a matter of thumbing through a directory and phoning a firm to see if it has anyone available, then sending off a bundle of documents – probably a day before the hearing – and hoping all goes well. If it does not, the usual move […]

Penny Christie sees problems with exchange of statements.

Penny Christie is a litigation partner at Bird & Bird. One of the stated objectives of the rule on exchange of witness statements (RSC Order 38 Rule 2A) is “the avoidance of a trial”, and as a procedural device to speed up compromise settlements, it works well. Whether it helps with the fair and open […]


Security guide

A guide on IT security has been produced by legal IT consultants Irwin Associates. How to Survive a Computer Disaster explains how companies can prepare an IT security plan as well as how to reduce the impact of a security breach. The guide costs £37. For further details contact Graham Irwin on 01234 376319.

The Lawyer Inquiry: Anne Harvey

Anne Harvey was born in Glasgow in 1959. She lives in Oxfordshire and is research manager for Holiday Which? magazine in London, where she has developed the coverage of legal issues. What was your first job? Filing clerk at the firm where I became a partner. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? […]

Toulson made chair

Alan Toulson, senior partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, has been elected chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. His firm has been honorary solicitor to the chamber since 1923.

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