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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).


FSA unveils legal training programme

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched its first dedicated legal training programme in a bid to attract young lawyers who will remain at the regulator over the long term. The FSA is set to have its first intake of trainees in September, with the aim of offering two training contracts a year. As part […]

Law Soc free to pursue accountants after Lords victory

The Law Society has won a House of Lords victory which allows it to pursue its fight against an accountancy firm accused of negligence. Yesterday morning (10 May) the Lords ruled that the society is able to bring its case against Sephton & Co despite having filed the claim 14 years after the actions under […]

Pinsents merger sees 70 per cent PEP increase

Pinsent Masons has recorded an astronomical hike in profit per equity partner (PEP), rocketing up 70 per cent from £234,000 to £400,000 for 2005-06. Pinsent Masons has recorded an astronomical hike in profit per equity partner (PEP), rocketing up 70 per cent from £234,000 to £400,000 for 2005-06. Turnover has increased 15 per cent to £172m, marking […]

International eye: Asia

Donna Sawyer on the month in Asia: Japanese firms protect independence in wake of Mitsui defections Orrick hopes of liberalisation hit Chinese wall Simpson Thacher snares M&A specialist for new Beijing office Richards Butler HK agrees to talk tie-ups with Reed Smith Sidley leads the way in Hong Kong IPO boom Japanese firms scramble to […]


BLG enjoys a spot of name dropping The kings of law firm advertising have to be the personal injury, ‘no win, no fee’ set that dominate daytime television schedules. But City firms are doing their best to close the gap. Last week Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) took the bold step of taking out a […]

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