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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).


Barrister criticised in Sawoniuk trial debacle

Barrister Kaly Kaul has been hauled up before a High Court judge over remarks made during the War Crimes trial. Kaul – briefed in the case by her ex-husband Martin Lee, a solicitor acting for defendant Anthony Sawoniuk – incurred the wrath of Mr Justice Potts by revealing to the jury that her client had […]

Silicon Valley IP pioneer ships out as New York firms move in

The Bar Council is considering radical reform of its complaints handling system – even though its current arrangement is praised by the Legal Services Ombudsman. As predicted in The Lawyer last week, Ann Abraham’s annual report blasts the Law Society’s complaints handing for “spiralling out of control” to such an extent that its ability to […]

Linklaters acts for BP in liquid gold takeover

Oil is indeed turning out to be liquid gold for Linklaters. The firm is acting for BP Amoco in its proposed u15bn-plus takeover of US oil group Atlantic Richfield (Arco). The deal, announced last week, will be the second huge transaction Linklaters has worked on for BP in under a year. The firm acted for […]

The Law Society – friend or foe?

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. Are we, as a profession, in a total mess, or is all that seems to be going on a figment of my imagination? Certainly my contacts across our profession seem to indicate that everybody […]

Martineaus suffers first partner loss

An equity partner has left Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson for the first time in the firm’s history. Joanna Lawson-King is to join Pinsent Curtis as a partner on 1 January 2000. Her departure date has been set for 31 October. She joined Martineau Johnson from university nearly 20 years ago. Michael Shepherd, Martineau Johnson’s senior partner, […]

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