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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).


Speaking in bungs

As law firms make more and more money, so the lines of snake-oil salesmen gets longer at their doors. At least, so thought Tulkinghorn when a scribe showed him the following press release headline: “M Consulting appoints oral communications consultant.”The marketing agency has brought in a former barrister to give training to lawyers on how […]

Linklaters, Lovells in face-off as BP claims against its Russian JV partner

Linklaters and Lovells are going head-to-head as BP starts its Swedish ­arbitration proceedings against Russian consortium Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR), which is in a lucrative joint venture with the energy giant. BP’s legal team alleges that the TNK-BP joint ­venture’s legal framework has been violated by AAR – a consortium made up of Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman, […]

Done and dusted?

With the High Court currently deliberating over the point at which employers – and their insurers – become liable for asbestos claims, the contract law rulebook could well be rewritten. Many within the insurance industry will have been keeping a careful eye on the employer’s liability trigger litigation – a series of test cases that […]

Heller Ehrman hires DLA Piper IP partner

Heller Ehrman has recruited IP partner Richard Penfold from DLA Piper to boost its year-old London office as speculation over an impending merger with Baker & McKenzie persists. Penfold’s move represents continued growth in Heller Ehrman’s London office, which opened in early 2007 and now has 24 lawyers, including 11 partners. London partner Richard Eaton […]

Mosley’s libel manoeuvre puts privacy in spotlight

When Formula 1 boss Max Mosley’s legal team launched libel proceedings against the News of the World, more than one media lawyer was taken aback. Just the day before (24 July), Mosley had won a privacy action against the newspaper, which had claimed that secretly filmed footage of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) president […]

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