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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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SFO makes long-awaited GC hire from the Bar

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has hired a QC from Red Lion Chambers as its top lawyer, following the departure of Alun Milford last year. Sara Lawson QC will take the reins as the SFO’s general counsel from May. She has longstanding ties to the government organisation after working as its first junior counsel in […]

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City duo team up with Legatics to enthuse lawyers on AI

Two City firms have partnered up with Allen & Overy (A&O)-supported startup Legatics on a two-year project to boost the adoption of AI in law firms through simpler technology and cultural change. DLA Piper and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) are spearheading the project, which was fueled by £174,000 worth of funding to Legatics from government […]

Covington’s City turnover soars above $100m

Building on a series of team hires from firms such as legacy Chadbourne & Parke and King & Wood Mallesons, Covington & Burling has increased its London revenue by nearly 26 per cent over 2018. The firm posted turnover in London of $101m in 2018 from $80.5m the previous year. This means Covington’s City revenue […]

Twelve firms on the radar in National Grid panel review

National Grid has launched its first panel review in four years with the energy provider seeking an “unparalleled” service from its prospective legal advisers. Any firms wishing to pitch for the work has until late March. Firms will be expected to cover at least 12 listed practices. The business last renewed its panel firms in […]

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