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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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CMS’s former IP head dismissed amid SRA scrutiny

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has dismissed its former head of IP, with the firm reporting the matter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). CMS has declined to comment on the reasons for Joel Barry’s departure, but said: “We can confirm that a partner has been asked to leave the firm and will not be […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

SRA reveals full list of allegations against Freshfields partner

Following a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) last week, a full list of allegations have been published against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith, including claims that his conduct “was an abuse of his position of seniority”. There a total of two, as yet unproven, allegations brought against Beckwith. On both counts, he […]

Pinsent Masons

Junior lawyers tell Pinsents: “We want advocacy training”

Pinsent Masons has responded to increased demand from its lawyers for advocacy training, following in the footsteps of Herbert Smith Freehills and Eversheds Sutherland which already offer such services. Pinsents first offered advocacy training to its lawyers three years ago, but this latest incarnation is a more concentrated, focused programme targeted at junior and mid-level […]

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