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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).


Gary Mackay Ashfords

Ashfords to admit non-lawyers to partnership as it moves beyond law

South West firm Ashfords is set to launch a range of professional, non-legal services to complement its practice areas, as part of its five-year strategic vision. The spread of products will operate across a range of practice areas and will include services such as project management, health and safety and regulatory advice. Ashfords will run […]


Pinsents boost insurance practice with Clydes hire

Pinsent Masons has hired Clyde & Co partner Manoj Vaghela along with legal director Chamika Hand  in its insurance group. Vaghela was a contentious insurance partner at Clyde & Co. He works on complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional insurance disputes arising out of Bermuda Form, clinical trials, cyber liability, professional liability, management liability, directors and officers liability, […]


Stand by your gay colleagues

The Straight Allies initiative allows firms to reinforce positive attitudes to diversity in the workplace Having ‘allies’ tends to suggest you have ‘enemies’, so the decision to launch a ‘Straight Allies’ programme to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) network at Pinsent Masons was taken after some deliberation.  As the first law firm to be […]

Costs and compliance: a strict approach

In our earlier articles we have touched on the courts’ readiness to expound the ethos behind the Jackson reforms (proportionality, efficiency and compliance in cost and case management) but, in the absence of strict precedent or significant guidance, we are also aware that judges’ attempts to interpret and implement the amended Civil Procedure Rules have […]

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