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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).



In-house beckons for successful Olympics lawyers

Olympics lawyers are in hot demand for in-house roles due to the success of the London 2012 Games, says the legal head of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog). Terry Miller, general counsel of the organising body, has confirmed she has no plans to continue on to Rio 2016, and […]

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Topless pictures of Kate Middleton: Harbottle & Lewis instructed

Harbottle & Lewis has picked up its second Royal Family privacy instruction in a matter of weeks amidst a storm over topless pictures of Kate Middleton. Senior partner Gerrard Tyrrell has been instructed by St James’s Palace after French magazine Closer, owned by an Italian-based Mondadori, published photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge taken during […]

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SJ Berwin hit by double disputes exit to US firms

SJ Berwin is set to lose disputes partners Tim Beale and Justin Michaelson in a double London raid by two US firms. Beale, a specialist in commercial litigation and fraud, is heading for Reed Smith, following SJ Berwin corporate partner Perry Yam, who quit for the US firm’s City base just over a year after […]


Managing director of Chinese firm faces jail sentence in Hong Kong

Edward Lehman, managing director and founder of Chinese law firm Lehman Lee & Xu, has been found guilty of a second contempt of court by the Hong Kong High Court and has received a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. The judgment and sentence come following the long-standing disputes between Lehman and his former […]


Ashurst hires Nabarro’s Travers in property litigation boost

Ashurst has hired Nabarro real estate litigation head Iain Travers in a move to bulk up its property disputes offering, which was hit by the departure of practice head Michael Madden last year. Travers is set to join Ashurst on 1 November as head of real estate litigation with a mandate to assess and grow […]

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