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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).


Regulation: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Janet Wood On 15 September 2010 the European Commission ­published a formal legislative proposal on new regulation on over the counter (OTC) derivatives, central counterparties (CCPs) and trade repositories, known as the European ­Market Infrastructure ­Regulation (Emir). The timing was ­symbolic, coming exactly two years after Lehman’s collapse, but the ­proposed ­regulation is no mere […]

Low going

Litigation funding is changing. David Engel highlights the elements that will go to make an altogether more sophisticated regime Funding options can offer greater certainty on, and control of, costs, even in big-ticket commercial litigation. A litigation funding package typically ­comprises one or more of a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) with the solicitors and/or barristers, […]

McGrigors, Pinsents bag regeneration work in North

McGrigors and Pinsent Masons have advised on a £265m deal that has seen Newcastle City Council partner with a consortium of developers to regenerate the Scotswood area of ­Newcastle upon Tyne. McGrigors Manchester-based infrastructure partner Nick Ogden led the team advising the BKY consortium, which is made up of Barratt Developments subsidiary David Wilson Homes […]


Data protection: Harrow Council

Hugh Peart In the past two years Harrow Council has ­witnessed a staggering 160 per cent increase in its number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. It is a trend that has been ­seen in local ­authorities across the UK. On ­average, councils spend an ­estimated £34m ­handling FOI requests every year, with each taking […]

Harneys follows Uruguay launch with Brazil opening

Harneys has become the second offshore firm to establish a foothold in Brazil, following in the footsteps of rival Conyers Dill & Pearman. The firm announced the hire of Brazilian lawyer Maria Pia Buchi, who will act as Harneys’ business development head in the Latin American country. The appointment follows the opening of the firm’s […]

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