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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).


Freshfields looks to the East after Dutch move

Freshfields plans to open offices in Poland after poaching four Dutch lawyers for its new Amsterdam office. Freshfields’ chief executive, Alan Peck, says that the Dutch office completes the west European picture for the firm. “We are now turning our sights to eastern Europe and India,” he says. “The boys have been sniffing around Poland […]

It's time to banish the shadows

Robert Owen QC and Tim Otty, are executive members of the Bar Human Rights Committee. One of the most striking aspects of the murder of Rosemary Nelson last month is the fact that it so clearly occurred as a result of her status as a lawyer. Her murderers directly associated her with the causes of […]

In brief: The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers is lobbying the Government for a new legal duty to investigate accidents, backed by a requirement to send copies of investigation reports to the regulatory authorities and a Code of Practice for employers. Responding to the Health and Safety Executive’s discussion paper on the subject, Apil says the measures […]

Secrecy in the aisles

Tom O’Sullivan investigates the secret discussions, the transatlantic flights and the hidden identities behind the Asda and Wal-Mart deal. The Americans who landed at Leeds-Bradford airport on 9 June were not sightseers coming to explore the city dubbed the “Barcelona of the north”. Instead they were a group of bankers and businessmen who, despite having […]

Welsh Assembly practice decision provides boost for Welsh lawyers

Welsh lawyers are hoping to cash in on extra work following a ruling allowing challenges to Welsh Assembly decisions to be heard in Cardiff not London. A practice direction issued last week by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, creates a Crown Office in Cardiff. The direction also advises lawyers on how to spot devolutionary […]

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