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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).


Euro experts line up for SJ Berwin talks

Controversy surrounding the European Court of Justice’s development of community law will be discussed at an SJ Berwin & Co seminar on Wednesday this week. Ralph Cohen, a partner in the firm’s EU and competition department, said speakers include a judge, barrister and solicitor who had extensive experience of dealing with the European Court of […]

Defining a cattlegate

The legal status of ‘stints’ or ‘cattlegates’ is to be defined by the Law Lords. Judgment is now pending in the case of Bracken Bank Lodge (BBL) v Peart and others. The Lords have been asked to rule on whether conveyance of a ‘stint’ or ‘cattlegate’ can confer a corporeal right to a share in […]

Macfarlanes in corporate recruit drive

Macfarlanes is to expand its corporate finance department, which has handled advisory work for companies such as BET, Cordiant, David Lloyd and Asprey. Corporate finance partner Robert Sutton said the firm is highly selective in its recruitment policy and new people are not taken on “unless we have plenty of work on our books”. “We […]

Conference looks forward to a positive future

The young boy in the red cap who sat patiently beside his mother throughout an afternoon of speeches was blissfully unaware that the future of his generation was being carefully mapped out. Speaker after speaker at the Association of African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers Group fifth annual conference, held in London on 26 October, was […]

Eversheds installs £2m system

National law firm Eversheds has invested over £2 million in what is reported to be the largest practice management system of its kind in the UK. The firm says it is installing a US computer system, Elite, in response to the “growing trend among UK clients to demand detailed, US-style billing and reporting from their […]

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