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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).


Shoosmiths records best month for new homes plot sales

Shoosmiths has recorded its best month for new homes plot sales since the firm started formally recording data nearly nine years ago. The national law firm chalked up more than 400 reservations in November on behalf of its housebuilder clients. Derek Archer, national head of the new homes plot sales team, which operates out of […]


Hot 100: Tim Lord QC, Brick Court Chambers

The delightful Tim Lord QC of Brick Court Chambers (scroll down for video interview) is a winner with clients for his affable and charming personality. In the court, however, he transforms into the Rottweiler advocate who can tear into an argument with force. Clients say he has the ability to pinpoint the key issues of […]


SJ Berwin adds Dechert’s former London chief Fogel to board

SJ Berwin has appointed former Dechert London managing partner Steven Fogel as a non-executive director on its partnership board. Fogel was senior partner of legacy Titmuss Sainer and led the firm through its merger with US firm Dechert in 2000, becoming head of the combined outfit’s City base. He retired from Dechert’s partnership in June […]

James Sidwell

Law helps Brazil to grow up

Jersey ruling is a welcome step towards tackling the blight of corruption in Brazilian politics I read with interest Pedro Aguiar de Freitas’s article last year in The Lawyer on the Mensalão case (29 October 2012). The case has attracted attention around the world since the scandal at its heart led to dozens of defendants […]


Cohen & Stephen (Liquidators of Rangers FC) & Ors v Collyer Bristow

Cohen & Stephen (The Liquidators of Rangers FC) & Ors v Collyer Bristow Late 2013, 5-10 days, Chancery Division For the claimant Cohen & Stephen (The Liquidators of Rangers FC): South Square’s Mark Philips QC leading South Square’s Stephen Robins previously instructed by Taylor Wessing partner Nick Moser, taken forward by Stephenson Harwood partner Stuart […]

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