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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).

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Freshfields’ finance lawyers get their hands dirty in Africa

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sent members of its finance team to South Africa in the autumn to build houses for the poor of Durban’s townships. Four years ago, Freshfields decided to focus its corporate responsibility programme on homelessness and education in an effort to internationalise the firm’s charitable efforts. The charity Habitat For Humanity International was […]

Wachtell secures major victory for Silverstein in World Trade Centre litigation

Lawyers for World Trade Centre leaseholder Larry Silverstein have secured a major victory over insurers after a jury ruled that the September 11 attacks constituted two separate occurrences for insurance purposes. As reported yesterday by the New York Lawyer, (7 December), the verdict in this, the second insurance trial, will see Silverstein and the site’s […]

Firm profile: Stephens & Scown

Anyone who has holidayed in the South West will testify that there is something strangely, and attractively, remote about Devon and Cornwall. The relatively short distances between towns such as Exeter and Truro can take on epic proportions, especial… Managing partner: Ian PawleyTurnover: £10mTotal number of partners: 33Total number of lawyers: 52Main practice area: Commercial […]

The work-life quiz

Samantha Phillips, managing partner, Harbottle & Lewis What was your first ever job? Milk round, aged eight. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Accidentally putting curdled cream into a client’s coffee just before he started to speak. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]

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