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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).


A&O’s mouth almighty

Grapevine applauded the chutzpah of the head of Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) financial institutions group Alistair Asher following the merger between building societies Nationwide and Portman. Asher declared: “This is the number one building society merging with the number three, and will make smaller building societies question what their meaning in life is. If you […]

DLA Piper raids CMS in Central Europe

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, the Austro-Czech arm of DLA Piper, has poached the Sofia head of CMS Cameron McKenna for its fledgling Prague office. Commercial partner Peter Valert worked out of both Camerons’ Prague and Sofia offices, his TMT practice ran across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). “DLA is a firm on the move,” Valert told […]

PHSO invites tenders for first legal panel

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is creating its first-ever legal panel. The London-based regulator, which investigates more than 3,000 complaints each year about the NHS, Government departments and other public bodies, is creating the panel for general, litigation and employment advice. In-houser Anne Harding said: “We’re looking to ensure that public money is […]

Low costs keep North West firms ticking over

Apart from the revelations about Avalon, The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report once again shed light on the way the market in the North West is currently looking. The good news for law firms in the region is that costs remain low. Avalon aside, Keoghs was the only North West firm with a cost per […]

Taylor Macmillan rides in on IP/IT boutique wave

A three-partner litigation boutique has launched in London’s West End bringing together lawyers from News International, Carter-Ruck and Mishcon de Reya. Called Taylor Macmillan, the firm will specialise in media litigation and IP, acting for both defendants and claimants of libel actions. Daniel Taylor, a senior in-house lawyer at News International, set up the firm […]

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