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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).



Newsmaker Profile:Man who saved Maxwell from jail gets a Ferrari

Where do you stand with a lawyer who is a self-proclaimed enthusiast at handling the media? When Keith Oliver speaks with such beguiling honesty about his passion for his work and his enormous respect for his clients, is it from the heart or from somewhere altogether more practical? Oliver, a partner at one of the […]

Free time to prop up the system?

I read with tired dismay your editorial (The Lawyer, 15 March). In previous editions I read of lawyers who would gladly take a reduction in pay for the chance to have a life outside work. So now you’re telling us that what little free time we do have we should spend propping up the “justice” […]

Has hourly billing gone past its sell-by date?

The legal market’s own variation on the old Henry Ford Model-T maxim of, “any colour so long as it is black”, or “any method of billing as long as it is hourly” is showing signs of ageing. SJ Berwin’s announcement that it is to offer clients fixed fees for all IP litigation cases is the […]

Top chambers begin tenant poaching spree

Top chambers are poaching highly rated practitioners from smaller sets in a bid to expand their practices. In London, Littleton Chambers has poached Andrew Stafford, a leading employment barrister who is joining from John Powell QC’s 2 Crown Office Row. The set has also appointed Professor Jean-Yves de Cara – an international human rights expert […]



Tea drinkers will be pleased to know consumer giant Unilever has their interests at heart. Not only is tea a drinks category of “key importance” to the company in its drive for product “excellence”, but it is also the subject of considerable research using “computational fluid dynamics” to “investigate the tea infusion process”. Perfecting the […]

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