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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).

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New competition regulator CMA creates three new cartel roles

The newly-formed Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is looking to hire a director of criminal enforcement as part of three new director roles aimed at beefing up its ability to crack down on cartels. The regulator formally launched in April as the successor to the Competition Commission and Office of Fair Trading (OFT). It is […]

No5 Chambers’ Richard Gibbs defends in fraud matter in Leamington

No5 Chambers’ Richard Gibbs has defended a woman from Coventry who has been jailed from tricking pensioners into handing over their bank cards in a scam. Kelly Marie Gleeson obtained tens of thousands of pounds from a sophisticated courier card con, which stretched across the country. Gleeson has been jailed for five years after the judge in […]

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Kirkland’s London chief White quits to head up Fried Frank’s City base

Kirkland & Ellis’ London head Graham White has quit the firm to become Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson’s first-ever London managing partner. White has headed up Kirkland’s City practice since 2012, when he was also voted onto the firm’s global management executive committee (18 May 2012).  Kirkland has never had an official London managing […]

Walker Morris regulatory partner shortlisted for Thomson Reuters compliance award

Walker Morris regulatory partner Andrew Northage has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Regulatory Lawyer of the Year’ award in the Thomson Reuters 10th Annual Compliance Awards. These awards honour the best practice, leadership and commitment to the compliance industry. The shortlist is compiled from a rigorous process involving nominations, research and then assessment by the […]

No5 Chambers’ Manjit S Gill QC chairs discussion on international human rights

On 1 October, Manjit S Gill QC of No5 Chambers chaired a discussion at Birmingham City University on the death penalty, apostasy, sexual immorality and religious freedoms. The univesity had hosted a panel of international experts to discuss the case of Meriam Ibrahim, which created a global media storm in May 2014 after she was sentenced […]

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