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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).


An all-round role

A host of new EU and UK legislation is keeping the Employment Law Bar Association busy, says Robin Allen QC. Robin Allen QC is chair of the Employment Law Bar Association and a barrister at Cloisters. The Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) plays a central role in all aspects of employment law: advising, educating and […]

New logo marks 'watershed' in firm's history

AFTER 150 years, Linklaters & Paines is dropping the “Paines” from its new logo (right) in a revamp of its corporate identity, coinciding with its move to new City offices at 1 Silk Street. Managing partner Terence Kyle said the move “will mark a watershed in the firm’s history”. For the first time in many […]

Punders opens up in HK

GERMAN FIRM Punder Volhard Weber & Axster has become the latest international firm to open a Hong Kong office. Punders managing partner Thomas Gasteyer said the office would not initially be a joint venture with other firms in the Punder Group, the five-country international alliance of firms to which his practice belongs. He said partners […]

Dorset to lose nine courthouses

Dorset’s 11 magistrates courts will be reduced to two by 2007 under the county’s Magistrates Courts Committee’s (MCC) new strategic plan. The plan, the most radical reorganisation of courthouses in the UK, has already been condemned by local lawyers and magistrates. In August, The Lawyer conducted an exclusive survey of all non-metropolitan magistrates courts in […]

Osborne Clarke expands to Reading

Corporate and IT specialist Osborne Clarke is to open a new office in the rapidly developing Thames Valley region. The Reading office will initially be staffed by employment specialist Danielle Kingdon, who will be partner in charge of the office, and London-based corporate partner Richard Smerdon. Osborne Clarke managing partner Leslie Perrin said the firm […]

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