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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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Dechert launches training contracts in Dublin

Dechert has begun offering training contracts in its Dublin office, as the US firm eyes growth opportunities in the Irish market. Dechert launched training contracts in its Dublin office in the second half of 2017 by taking on two local law graduates as trainees. It is understood that the US firm will offer two or […]

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Midnight training contract deadline looms as intake numbers shrink

The date for would-be lawyers to submit their training contract applications is imminent, with most applicants facing a deadline of midnight tomorrow. This year’s applicants are facing a slimmer chance of attaining a training contract than ever. Figures released by the Law Society last year show that the number of training contracts registered in 2011/12 (the […]

Freshfields mulls Manchester training contracts as it launches legal apprenticeships

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer could become the first magic circle firm to embrace apprenticeships after management revealed plans to bring legal apprentices in to its Manchester office. The firm is also looking into offering training contracts in Manchester, though said this is unlikely to happen in the short term. Manchester head Gareth Stephenson said Freshfields hoped […]

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“Dangerous dumbing down” – academics slam SRA training proposals

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)’s proposed reforms to legal education are “dangerous for the solicitors’ profession and dangerous for those thinking of joining it in the future,” an academic has argued. Professor Anthony Bradney published his views in a paper for the think tank Politeia, entitled Dumbing Down the Law. “Evidence, careful analysis and close […]

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