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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).



11 Stone Buildings adds insolvency silk to its ranks

Lincoln’s Inn set 11 Stone Buildings had added insolvency silk Lexa Hilliard QC to its membership. Hilliard, who took silk in 2009, joins the set from 3-4 South Square, where she has been since she was called to the bar in 1987. Prior to being called she lectured in law at Durham University and was […]

Osborne Clarke turnover tops £90m as German revenues flourish

Osborne Clarke has revealed revenue growth of 8 per cent for the 2010-11 financial year. Osborne Clarke has revealed revenue growth of 8 per cent for the 2010-11 financial year. The firm brought in £90.3m in fee income for the year to 30 April, up from £83.7m in 2009-10. UK turnover was up 6 per […]

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Weightmans sees small turnover hike at end of acquisitive year

North West firm Weightmans has unveiled a 3.2 per cent rise in turnover at the 2010-2011 year end, up from £56.2m to £58m. It comes after a year that saw the firm make a number of significant investments, including the acquisition of Mace & Jones (22 March 2011) and Vizards Wyeth’s insurance team (8 March […]

Maclay uses new laws to protect Scotch whisky brand

Maclay Murray & Spens and Axiom Advocates acted for the Scotch Whisky ­Association (SWA) against a drinks manufacturer that branded its products falsely as Scotch whisky. Maclay IP partner Robert Buchan instructed Axiom’s Jonathan Lake QC on the case against Glasgow-based company Reynald & Sons, which was brought at the Court of ­Session in Edinburgh. […]


Past is ever-present for BLP man

Law firms are forever looking for ways to entertain and impress clients. What this usually amounts to is a nice meal and a night out to some sort of event – the more obscure, the better. But surely few firms can offer clients a guided tour of the British Museum by one of their own […]

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