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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).


Alex Ferguson

A personal ‘thank you’ to the Boss

Manchester United’s biggest legal fan, Mark Rawlinson, pays tribute to his footballing hero The share price fell. Prime Minister David Cameron moved to comment. State opening of Parliament and Queen’s speech relegated to inside pages. Where were you when you first heard Fergie has resigned? Memories came flooding back – Cantona the missing piece in […]


Getting the balance right

New rules governing international arbitration have lawyers hotly debating how much regulation is required Global arbitration is one of the few boom areas of international legal practice, but litigation lawyers are sharpening claws and polishing fangs in a row over how much the process should be regulated. An International Bar Association code of practice for […]


Insurance giant Parabis on verge of £90m merger with Greenwoods

Defendant insurance firm Plexus Law, a subsidiary of Parabis, is to merge with Greenwoods to create a £90m firm. Both firms have signed heads of terms and the deal is expected to complete in mid May. Combined the £90m firm will be home to more than 1,200 staff with approximately 12 equity and fixed share […]

Ups and downs in Deutschland

It’s been largely good news out of Germany recently. As the European 100 will show when it is published in a couple of weeks, the independent German firms all had a storming year with turnover up – mostly by a considerable margin – across the board. And there have been quite a few hires by […]

Empty property rates relief: High Court decision

Shoosmiths has commented in the past about actions local authorities are taking to challenge the availability of charitable rates relief in connection with various arrangements that charities have been involved with. There has been a recent decision by the High Court in Kenya Aid Programme v Sheffield City Council that throws further light on this […]

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